catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Spring Cleaning

vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07

Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves.  Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing.  Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality?  To peace of mind?  On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.    



Disinfected mind

When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?


Sweeping, not swept up

On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.


Clean green

A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.

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Deep cleaning

Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.

With a spring in my step and a mop in my hand

Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.

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In case you missed it the first time

The sacrament of laundry

Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.

Cleanliness is adjacent to godliness

On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.

Weaving the web

Getting Clean

What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?



Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.


daily asterisk

Worship is a world-making endeavor. By singing songs of praise to God, we proclaim the source of ultimate sovereignty in the world. By singing the poem of Colossians 1:15-20, the early church subversively announced that Christ, not Caesar, is Lord. By singing that song today, we proclaim that Christ – not the global market, not he president of the United States, not Microsoft, not military might – is the Lord of our lives. In the face of empire, “what is needed is imaginative, liturgic world-making that enacts a world more credible than the world of empire.”* By reciting these stories to each other in worship, we shape our imaginations in a way that engenders an alternative praxis, a character shaped in the image of God.

Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
Colossians Remixed

* - Walter Brueggemann

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