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.
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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