May 2014

Cover Story

Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims from using Arabic words, including "Allah" for God. Does it matter?


It's important for me to think about water as belonging to God.
I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own.
If we seek to follow Jesus in context, nothing is more contextual than a watershed.
The Moral Mondays model seems to be spreading.
We have a responsibility to use the Earth's wealth relationally, not exploitatively.
In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving?
In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial.


The Trans-Pacific Partnership would grant new powers to multinational corporations.
How an agreement on nuclear weapons can build a bridge to peace.
A growing number of conservative Christians have joined the movement to abolish capital punishment.


As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith.
Another test of biblical authority by unscrupulous scientists.
This may be a field whose time has come.
There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it.
These desperately poor children are sacrificed to the sex trade's insatiable hunger.

Culture Watch

James Patterson has pioneered something beautiful in the world of books and will be remembered for it.
St. Peter's B List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints by Ave Maria Press / Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by IVP Books / Noah's Flood: Ancient Stories of Natural Cataclysm by Ingrid Esther Lilly / iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Personal Lives by Brazos Press
Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During the Great War. Johns Hopkins University Press
Tyrone Parker works with urban youth and families in the nation's capital.
The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and GIrls, by Elizabeth Gerhardt
The glory of the FAME studio had its roots in the deep shame of rural Southern poverty.
Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press. A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. University of California Press.
Public memorials, both ad hoc and formal, speak to what divides us—and what brings us together.


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
I strongly object to Reta Halteman Finger’s use of “bipolar” to describe the apostle Paul (“Can Paul Be Redeemed?” February 2014).
So that for a short moment there is no death.
Reta Halteman Finger in response to "Describing Paul":
Ed Spivey Jr. and I have something in common.
Here’s an anecdote sparked by Robert G.
Your March 2014 cover story “Reclaiming the Word,” by Terry LeBlanc, and photography choices are outstanding. LeBlanc offers us former and today’s missioners so much to bend our brains and hearts with.

Web Extra

What is a watershed? And why does it matter?
Vincent Harding, a steadfast activist and ally in the struggle for freedom.
Resources for living well in the midst of death and grief.
On a cold day this past February, seminary student Sara Wolcott boarded a bus in New York to attend the Moral March in North Carolina 
Ched Myers, Sara Stratton, Chris Grataski, and Sasha Adkins describe how they are connected to their local watersheds.
The SOLD Project's hopeful vision to end human trafficking.
Create your own memorial prayer altar in remembrance of those you love and will never forget.