May 2014

Cover Story

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


In the face of ecocide, the choice before us is stark: discipleship or denial.
It's important for me to think about water as belonging to God.
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?
I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own.


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.
These desperately poor children are sacrificed to the sex trade's insatiable hunger.
There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it.

Culture Watch

Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During the Great War. Johns Hopkins University Press
The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and GIrls, by Elizabeth Gerhardt
Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press. A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. University of California Press.
Tyrone Parker works with urban youth and families in the nation's capital.
The glory of the FAME studio had its roots in the deep shame of rural Southern poverty.
Public memorials, both ad hoc and formal, speak to what divides us—and what brings us together.
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
James Patterson has pioneered something beautiful in the world of books and will be remembered for it.


Reta Halteman Finger in response to "Describing Paul":
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.
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.
Ed Spivey Jr. and I have something in common.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A

Web Extra

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 
Resources for living well in the midst of death and grief.
The SOLD Project's hopeful vision to end human trafficking.
Vincent Harding, a steadfast activist and ally in the struggle for freedom.
Ched Myers, Sara Stratton, Chris Grataski, and Sasha Adkins describe how they are connected to their local watersheds.
Create your own memorial prayer altar in remembrance of those you love and will never forget.
What is a watershed? And why does it matter?