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.
We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated. An absence of compassion can corrupt the decency of a community, a state, a nation. Fear and anger can make us vindictive and abusive, unjust and unfair, until we all suffer from the absence of mercy and we condemn ourselves as much as we victimize others. The closer we get to mass incarceration and extreme levels of punishment, the more I believe it’s necessary to recognize that we all need mercy, we all need justice, and — perhaps — we all need some measure of unmerited grace.
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