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.
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
* - Walter Brueggemann
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