catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Strike the Empire Back

vol. 8, num. 3 :: 2009.01.30 — 2009.02.13

Many of our best storytellers take cues from the biblical narrative, from feuding brothers to subverting the current empire. Where do themes of empire vs. the Kingdom of God pop up today? What is the nature of the empire we are living in?



To hell with Romans 13

A sermon on one of the most commonly misused passages in canonized Scripture.


Something that won’t compute

Embracing downward mobility in the already-but-not-yet Kingdom of God.


Secondhand subversive

Shopping to dismantle the empire, one article of clothing at a time.

What does it mean to stand?

Comparing the early church's imperial context with our own.

A Kingdom for others

On raising kids who are helpers rather than hoarders.

Conversation: “Strike the Empire Back”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about empire and subversion.

Reconsidering empire

A case against language that potentially undermines legitimate purposes.


To the letter

A review of A.J. Jacobs' book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.


In case you missed it the first time

The "Amandla!" of song

A documentary provides an account of the role of music for black South Africans during the era of apartheid.

Christians circle the Burger King's castle

Activists see action at fast food giant as a sacrament for an age of transnational injustice.

A call to subversion

A review of Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian J. Walsh & Sylvia C. Keesmaat.

Weaving the web

Age of Empire: Books, biblical scholarship and music

A list of resources from Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.



Thomas Boogaart compares and contrasts three imperial gospels.


The Most Radical Thing You Can Do

Rebecca Solnit on staying home as a necessity and a right.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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