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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, January

A Carnival for Christ: The "New Monastics" Look for Ways to Be in the World but Not of It
EAST TENNESSEE SWELTERS IN THE SUMMER. Everywhere there are mosquitoes and sunburns and the constant clamor of air conditioning. But in a particular valley last June, a new sound joined the cacophony. At a farm just south of Knoxville, radical sermons...
A Watershed Election
The 2006 midterm elections mark a significant turning point from the Religious Right's hold on evangelical voters. Moderate, and some conservative, Christians--especially evangelicals and Catholics--want a moral agenda broader than only abortion and...
Breaking" the 'Holy Hush': Evangelicals Find New Resources to Address Domestic Violence
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that about 1.5 million women in the United States are raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner every year. Nearly one-third of American women report having experienced physical or sexual abuse by...
Dylan Reborn. Again
One of the most amazing pop culture stories of the past few years is the resurrection of Bob Dylan as a vital and relevant artist. Since 1997, Dylan has recorded three albums that have been critically acclaimed, used in movie soundtracks, and even...
Family Matters: How to Defend the Family More (and Fight about It Less)
In the waning days of the 2006 election campaign, it appeared that being pro-family was the most important aspect of our democratic process: Grand statements were made "in defense of marriage," or at least in defense of a concept of marriage. Pro-family...
Jesus' Healing Waters
January is one of the worst winter months in the Midwest of the United States. Ironically, days where the sun is shining brightly are often the most bitterly cold. Inches of snow and ice replace the warm and cozy wonderland of Christmas--icicles instead...
'Lord, Have Mercy'
I was asked this fall to participate in an NPR dialogue about the resignation of former National Association of Evangelicals president Ted Haggard. Two things struck me about the dialogue. First, compassion. The tone of the conversation was not glee...
Russian Roulette: The Murder of Journalist Anna Politkovskaya Ripples Worldwide
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot point blank in the head with a pistol in the elevator outside her apartment last October. The gun was placed by her side, indicating yet another contract killing. Traveling to Russia immediately following...
The Demon Drink
I confess that I did a double take. At 65 mph I sidled up to a loaded semi sporting the heavy red and regal gold logo of Budweiser. What surprised me was that the truck was "autowrapped" from headlight to taillight in the three-color desert camouflage...
The Gospel Bling: If Preachers Are Preoccupied with Pursuing the Life of Conspicuous Consumption and Preaching a "Prosperity Gospel," Then Poor People Are in Big Trouble
I AM CONVINCED THAT THE SINGLE threat to the historical legacy and core values of the contemporary black church tradition is posed by what is known as the "prosperity gospel" movement. That movement, however, is only symptomatic of a larger mission...
The Innocent Victims: How Can We Abide the Deaths of So Many Children?
In October, a study on deaths in Iraq was published in The Lancet, the prestigious U.K.-based medical journal. Researchers determined that, as a consequence of the coalition invasion in 2003, about 655,000 Iraqis have died above the number that would...
The Name Is "Maestro"
There comes a time in a man's life when he needs to take on new challenges, to stretch himself, to spread his wings, even though, if history is any guide, they will be wings of mediocrity. As one who proudly uses the term "above average" in his resume,...
Wealth, Fame-And Jesus: Pop Musician Moby on How His Faith Affects His Lifestyle, Art, and Activism
'Watch your head," Moby says thoughtfully as he guides me up the ladder that leads from his living room to his roof. The smallish loft we've just left is Ikea-like in its design and decor; the walls are a stark white, and there are few decorations....
'Woman in the Room'
Before the Daylight's Shot, by Ashley Cleveland. 204 Records I don't usually expect too much from blues-rock music. It seems that for every well-rooted disciple of the Rolling Stones and Howlin' Wolf there are a dozen people attracted to the blues...
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