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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, February

Aiming at Headlines
Three years ago, the United States won a profound moral and foreign policy victory when it was instrumental in impelling the blood-stained regime in Khartoum to sign a substantive peace treaty with the main rebel group in southern Sudan. The Comprehensive...
Art as Permanent Accusation
World-renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero responded to his horror and anger over the obscenity of torture at Abu Ghraib by spending two years in his art studio obsessively churning out canvasses. The result is a devastating 79-piece series of...
At the Hour of Our Death: Is a Proper Burial for World Trade Center Victims a Justice Issue? Diane Horning's Vigil for the Conscience of America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT WAS A CLEAR MAY DAY ON STATEN ISLAND in New York, clouds high and wispy against the cerulean sky. A slight Atlantic breeze bent the scrub grass along the highway. Then the wind direction changed and I inhaled the sickly...
Going with Your Gut: A Reflection on the Parable of the Good Samaritan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I OFTEN "MISCUE" IN BEADING THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Luke 10:25-37). Here's how: I sometimes place the Samaritan in the role of the one who was beaten by robbers and later cared for a stranger. Because Samaritans were...
Growing Power: The Foods Resource Bank Bridges the Rural-Urban Divide through Farming and Giving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GROWING A SOLUTION TO HUNGER IS what farming has always been about, but the Foods Resource Bank has taken that old tradition and connected it to addressing the world's hunger problem in a new way. The Kalamazoo. Michigan-based...
Living Water
Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 The Israelites in the wilderness say to Moses at Jacob's well, "Give us water to drink" (Exodus 17:2). Jesus echoes them, asking a Samaritan woman to share her water (John 4:7). Beside the well,...
Milking the Innocent: Marketing Infant Formula at the Cost of Young Lives
In the Philippines, as in much of the global South, infant formula powder is a booming industry. Television ads for formula feature prodigy violinists and boast of "brain building blocks" and "IQ nutrition systems." False advertising also leads mothers...
On Becoming a Christian
He's not an official Catholic saint yet, but in October the Church beatified Nazi resister Franz Jagerstatter at the cathedral in Linz, Austria--thus taking the second of three steps toward official canonization or sainthood. As writer and activist...
See and Listen
Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9 As in previous weeks, the writer of Matthew uses the stories of the Hebrew Bible to tell the good news of Jesus and the community around him. In Exodus, Moses goes up to "the mountain of...
Something Is Happening ... Can a 21st-Century Faith Revival Change Politics?
SOMETHING IS HAPPENING. Faith is being applied to social justice in ways that we might have never imagined just a few short years ago. Spiritual power is being harnessed to address the greatest social challenges that we face today. There have been...
Soul Man
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lifeline, by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Virgin Records. Ben Harper is known for songs that are either personal or political, and in Lifeline, his latest release with the Innocent Criminals, the songs embody...
Tempted to Power
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Angels, the devil, bread, death, the tree of knowledge, the garden, wilderness, transgression, Satan, serpent, sin, Spirit. It's good we have a lifetime of Lents to wrestle with all...
The Gospel of Great News!
How was your Christmas? Did you experience God's endless bounty in this, the greatest nation in the world? Did you gather around the tree in the morning and open all the gifts that Jesus had brought the night before, landing on the rooftop with his...
The Heresy of the 'Perfect Parent': Will Your Own Humanness Really Ruin Your Children for Life?
SOME THREE DECADES AGO IN AN OVERHEATED church basement, a thoroughly well-meaning children's Sunday school teacher set a glass of water on a table with a thud. "See how pure and clean the water is?" she prodded, and we nodded compliantly. "What is...
What Would Dilbert Do?
One day when my oldest son was about 12 years old, I put on my best Pa Walton impression and said, "Boy, there are two things you need to know in the big, ugly world out there. One--it's all about those standardized tests that come down from New Jersey....
Young and Green: The Millennial Generation Gets Creative to Fight Global Warming
There's something new in the air--and it's more than just those rising carbon emissions. Across the country, high school and college students are banding together to combat the threat of global warming. Beyond the protests and petitions that have marked...
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