May 2010

Children's literature provides one of the most uplifting, energizing, and soul-freeing pursuits for any child -- or any adult who cares about children.

Cover Story

To survive in a quickly diversifying global church, the emerging church movement must do a better job of opening up its doors -- and pursuing justice.


... and make us all more secure. A pragmatic approach to nuclear disarmament.
Palestinian Christian activist Sami Awad on why nonviolence is key to Middle East justice.
Making peace in the Middle East requires empathy for Jewish wounds.


Good news: Now corporations can buy democracy direct at huge discounts!
How Texas decides what your children will study about our past.
What does holy scripture have to do with weapons of war? Not much.


Jesus said to love our enemies, so no matter what Glenn Beck does we will not attack him personally.
Movements don't fall from the sky -- they're built by people.
Every single member of God's family is as important to God as you are.
As summer approaches, I look forward to the day, sometime in late July, when all the snow will finally be gone from Washington, D.C.

Culture Watch

Books that help us put heart and soul into action.
The public library as a place for transformation.
Will one-fourth of our citizenry be left in the digital ditch?
While aimed at the young, these wide-ranging pages brim with insight, imagination, and one sharp-dressed naked mole rat suitable for all.
Reading may not change the world -- but it changes the reader, and that's a start.
Reading may not change the world -- but it changes the reader, and that's a start.


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Jim Wallis (“A Bad Morality Play,” February 2010) beautifully exposed the false dichotomy between greedy, casino capitalism and communism.
I was intrigued by Jim Wallis’ book excerpt and grateful for the challenges presented.
While it is unfortunate that David Bazan (“Meditations on Dis-belief,” interview by Jeannie Choi, February 2010) has turned agnostic, his insights on why that happened are instructive t
I would like to apologize to David Bazan on behalf of all believers as he calls us to task for letting him and others like him down.

Web Extra

Sami Awad’s vocation is to tear down walls in the Middle East.
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books for young readers.
I am Emergent and I Don't Fit the Stereotype by Julie CLawson
David Cortright writes in his article in th