vol. 8, num. 4 :: 2009.02.13 — 2009.02.27
Don’t fall in love in a time of war. Don’t fall in love with someone of the same gender or a different race or another generation. Don’t love your kids too much. We internalize so many messages about love—romantic, platonic or otherwise—and yet it breaks through in astonishing ways, whether we invite it in or not.
An analysis of pop culture artifacts to expose myths about true love.
Creative jock or an athletic artist? A reflection on a time of making decisions about love.
On discovering that perfectly imperfect someone.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about empire and subversion.
A Louisiana native provides a closer look at Mardi Gras, a traditional time of celebration before Lent.
A review of the new book Fasting by Scot McKnight.
A child's approach to language can remind us to leave our pride behind when we seek the kingdom.
What the journey to the Promised Land teaches us about God and memory.
How preserving heterosexual privilege in the name of Christ defies the Gospel.
Watching romantic comedies can spoil your love life, a study by a university in Edinburgh has claimed.
A bird, a boy and an impossible pause in an unconventional “summer fling” essay by Daniel Silliman.
Four stories about attempts at making matches…of various sorts.
A response to the charges of relativism that get lobbed across philosophical dividing lines.
Like the desert tales that monks have used for centuries as a basis for a theology and a way of life, the tales of small-town gossip are often morally instructive, illustrating the ways ordinary people survive the worst that happens to them; or, conversely, the ways in which self-pity, anger, and despair can overwhelm and destroy them. Gossip is theology translated into experience. In it we hear great stories of conversion, like the drunk who turns his or her life around, as well as stories of failure. We can see that pride really does go before a fall, and that hope is essential. We watch closely those who retire, or who lose a spouse, lest they lose interest in living. When we gossip we are also praying, not only for them, but for ourselves.
“The Holy Use of Gossip” in Dakota
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