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.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
Sign up on our free e-mail list to receive the daily asterisk by e-mail every weekday.
Find articles and issues by category: