September/October 2018

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.


Redacted flight plans. A CIA front company. A citizens' truth commission in North Carolina looks for answers.
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.


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.
Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light, by Rachel Marie Stone. IVP Books.  
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.
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.


Injustice anywhere, including on the fields of competition, cries out for response.
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Letters to editors from Sojourners readers.
Four culture recommendations from our editors.
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.