vol. 6, num. 9 :: 2007.05.04 — 2007.05.18
Planes and trains, people and places—various kinds of fuels feed their motion and existence. The coal-fired power plant keeps the lights on in the corner coffee shop where pop music propels a student toward the concluding paragraph. What principles guide our choices for what fuels our transportation and places? Beyond energizing our physical bodies, what powers our minds and spirits?
A tension of thought reveals itself in physical symptoms.
On the energy that results from tension within the self and within communities.
A reflection on the energizing power, for better or worse, of imagination.
On finding the energy to change the world through environmental practices.
A blessing for our passions to be energized by the long view.
A review of the film Pan’s Labyrinth exploring the film's imaginative qualities.
Is NIN’s Year Zero the beginning of the beginning?
Can the American church remember its purpose and reclaim its identity?
Why we should do these things anyway.
Is transportation a moral issue?
Tim Flannery explodes the myth of the hydrogen economy.
Scott McLemee reviews a book about the bogey (wo)man of 20th century Christianity, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Magazine readers write on that often-energizing force of rebellion.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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