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Sojourners Magazine: September/October 2018

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According to Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered pervasive brain trauma in NFL players, no child under 18 should ever play football. In this issue, Omalu, a committed Catholic, explains that there are clear moral issues at stake. "If the way of the world is telling you: 'Love football,' but the Spirit of God is telling you, 'This is not good,' which will you listen to?"

Cover Story

Sports, at their best, can instill deeply formative commitments to justice.
Concussion doctor Bennet Omalu tackles faith, race, and why your children should never play football again.


In North Korea, Christians are sometimes cast as enemies of the state.
Organized labor can help create God's kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven."
If we want to understand why North Korea developed nuclear weapons, we can't forget the Korean War.
Redacted flight plans. A CIA front company. A citizens' truth commission in North Carolina looks for answers.


Christian homeschooling texts are based on the idea that white Protestants should oversee our world.
Starting with an analysis of power and privilege is like building on rock.
Interns are vulnerable to sexual harassment at work. Can churches model a better way?

Culture Watch

Resist the tyranny of trends—read more.
Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion, by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. IVP Books.
Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham, by Melanie S. Morrison. Duke University Press.
Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light, by Rachel Marie Stone. IVP Books.  
The War and Treaty
Songs are spiritual medicine for a world gone wrong.
The Piano (1993)
Revisit a beloved movie and let it inspire a conversation between the several selves you contain.


Four culture recommendations from our editors.
Injustice anywhere, including on the fields of competition, cries out for response.
Everett Historical / Shutterstock
Letters to editors from Sojourners readers.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B


Am I the only one? Will it always be like this?
 Children do not belong in prison—full stop.
Love is a universal obligation.
It wasn't what was said; it was what wasn't.