catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Taboo

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 - - - - -.)

 

Feature

Don’t rock the boat, baby

A critique from the heartland of niceness.

Put your whole self in

Encouraging faith communities to lament together.

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Original sin

Obedience and punishment through the eyes of a child.

Editorial

The people that we meet

Expanding expectations in the places where we live.

Articles

Republichristianity

A report from a Bible college on the taboo of politics.

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Real relationships

What exactly goes on inside the bonds of couplehood?

O come, all ye sinners

Addressing a church that fears repentance.

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How about a little heresy

When it comes to unorthodox beliefs, you can ask, but not many will tell.

The loud silence of disbelief

An undesired lesson in what not to say to your small group.

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Teen taboos

A report from the high school front.

Vibrating assassins

Calling out the habit of checking the phone mid-conversation.

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The tail wind taboo

Love covers a multitude of sins, if we let it.

Gallery

In case you missed it the first time

Of orthodoxy and orthopraxy

A reflection on Simone Weil, a scholar and activist who defied categories in early twentieth century Europe.

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Stigma

On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.

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Weaving the web

Lent: Season of our hypocrisy

Ashley Makar on moving from to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.

 

Mr. Daisey and the Apple factory

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.

 

The placenta cookbook

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on a controversial eating practice.

 

I love Jesus, but I swear a little

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.

 
 

daily asterisk

The task of prophetic imagination and ministry is to bring to public expression those very hopes and yearnings that have been denied so long and suppressed so deeply that we no longer know they are there. Hope, on the one hand, is an absurdity too embarrassing to speak about, for it flies in the face of all those claims we have been told are facts. Hope is the refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion; and one does that only at great political and existential risk. On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question. Thus the exilic community lacked the tools of hope. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly forfeited because they are an embarrassment. The language of hope and the ethos of amazement have been partly squelched because they are a threat.

Walter Brueggemann
The Prophetic Imagination

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