September/October 2010

Cover Story

The Main Reason: They upend the power structure to give people at the bottom a better chance.


Insights on being the first in the family to graduate from college.
Trinity University found the future of education -- hiding in its own neighborhood.


Looking forward after Katrina and the BP spill.
The moral implications of our growing debt burden.
Why do so many try to lighten the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech?


Politicians can't help it when they lie.
by: Ed Spivey
In the DRC, soldiers use women's bodies as a battlefield.
College campuses have been in the vanguard of most major social movements.
Soldiers are dying for a failed, arrogant, theologically unjust, and immoral war policy.

Culture Watch

The ArchAndroid, by Janelle Monáe, Atlantic Records.
George Lucas may have had a role in my childhood, but it's not up to him to tell my story for me.
A school claims video games help students learn to "manage complexity." But will they understand culture?
Is Sabbath only for the privileged few -- or for all of us?
Consider All the Works
Comedian Omid Djalili on being funny about faith.


It is sad to me that Jim Wallis’ editorial on the Arizona immigration law (“Is Christian Ministry Illegal in Arizona?” July 2010) said nothing about reconciliation.
September 2010: 'Come, Rejoice With Me'; October 2010: The Nature of Faith
In her generally fine article, Lisa Sowle Cahill states, “euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is not an acceptable answer to the stress of human death.”
I very much appreciated “The Art of Dying” by Lisa Sowle Cahill (June 2010).
I live in Los Angeles and work among progressively minded folks (Jesus-following and not). During and since the Proposition 8 vote, I have found a great deal of secular commentary on gay marriage.
No, nothing, she says, that is not God’s, and we approach a crow ripping the entrails of a truck-crushed fox, and the crow flees

Web Extra

In the September-October issue, Danny Duncan Collum cuts through paranoid misrepresentations of community organizing to the quiet, hopeful truth: Congregation-based organizing groups are helping pe