vol. 11, num. 4 :: 2012.02.17 — 2012.03.01
In our churches, in our families, in our neighborhood, in our friend groups, certain topics like - - - - - and - - - - - are off-limits, whether explicitly or implicitly. Why are we reluctant to discuss - - - - - in these settings and what are the ripple effects? (Certain portions of this issue description have been omitted in the interest of remaining - - - - -.)
A critique from the heartland of niceness.
Encouraging faith communities to lament together.
Obedience and punishment through the eyes of a child.
Expanding expectations in the places where we live.
A report from a Bible college on the taboo of politics.
What exactly goes on inside the bonds of couplehood?
Addressing a church that fears repentance.
When it comes to unorthodox beliefs, you can ask, but not many will tell.
An undesired lesson in what not to say to your small group.
A report from the high school front.
Calling out the habit of checking the phone mid-conversation.
Love covers a multitude of sins, if we let it.
A reflection on Simone Weil, a scholar and activist who defied categories in early twentieth century Europe.
On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.
Ashley Makar on moving from to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.
A self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac" travels to China and discovers the disturbing reality of the workers who make his beloved Apple products.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on a controversial eating practice.
Nadia Bolz-Weber’s open invitation to unfriend me on Facebook, stop following me on Twitter and discontinue reading my blog if you need to.
If only holiness were measured by the volume of our incessant chatter, we would be universally praised as the most holy nation on earth. But in our fretful, theatrical piety, we have come to mistake noisiness for holiness, and we have presumed to know, with a clarity and certitude that not even the angels dared claim, the divine will for the world. We have organized our needs with the confidence that God is on our side, now and always, whether we feed the poor or corral them into ghettos. To a nation filled with intense religious fervor, the Hebrew prophet Amos said: You are not the holy people you imagine yourselves to be. Though the land is filled with festivals and assemblies, with songs and melodies, and with so much pious talk, these are not sounds and sights that are pleasing to the Lord. “Take away from me the noise of your congregations,” Amos says, “you who have turned justice into poison.”
"God and Country" in The Boston Globe (July 8, 2007)
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