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.
Scripture – the Old and New Testaments – is the story of creation and new creation. Within that, it is the story of covenant and new covenant. When we read scripture as Christians, we read it precisely as people of the new covenant and of the new creation. We do not read it, in other words, as a flat, uniform list of regulations or doctrines. We read it as the narrative in which we ourselves are now called to take part. We read it to discover “the story so far” and also “how it’s supposed to end.” To put it another way, we live somewhere between the end of Acts and closing scene of Revelation. If we want to understand scripture and to find it doing its proper work in and through us, we must learn to read and understand it in the light of that overall story.
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