The Common Good

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Cover Story

If Kurt Warner is correct, maybe God studies the sports pages and fidgets with the remote control on Sunday afternoons like millions of American men.


In newsrooms around the country, religion is no longer a dead-end assignment—but the media still have a long way to go before they get it right.
People of faith who complain about the religion gap in commercial television news coverage often try to explain it by charging that people running national news organizations are not well-enough
Much of what is best about religion does not need journalism to thrive.
Not wanting to lose all credibility as a populist, I want to risk my credentials by criticizing for once not "the media elites" but "the people." Those elites may have some anti- or post-religiou
For much of the 30 years that I have been in some of America's top newsrooms, religion was treated like those klutzy galoshes our parents forced on us during heavy snowstorms.
I understand why people of faith often have an ax to grind with the media. I wouldn't say to them, "Come on, we have the same mission. We're truth seekers.
I've been a religion reporter for more than a decade, and I still find that many misunderstand my title—journalists included.
Several years ago I wrote a column on faith and families to be distributed to secular newspapers.
A Washington Post ombudsman once tried to explain the stereotyping of evangelicals by a Post reporter who described them as "poor, uneducated, and easy to command."
Prior to the October 2000 ouster of Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic, the United States pumped $77 million into the fragile opposition movement
Some of the wealthiest people in America are seeking justice instead of tax shelters.
While initially costing a company more in wages, a living wage stimulates an "upward spiral" of indirect benefits to the company.
Filipino Karl Gaspar spent 22 months in a Marcos prison. This is the truth he found there.


Considering that two years ago Congress had little interest in the issue, the action is nothing short of a miracle.
Moral principles, not politics, guide the bishops.
Peace will only be achieved when Israel embraces the Palestinian people.
Military spending cuts still a taboo.
You think ads are everywhere? You ain't seen nothing yet.


President-elect George W. Bush, as a victor who lost the popular vote and won the presidency with a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, will face a divided nation

Grameen Bank operates beyond the bottom line to benefit those at the bottom of the line.

"You don't know what it's like to have a husband, small children, and a congregation. There's no time for prayer."

At press time our nation hung in the balance.

Culture Watch

It's 'Christian,' it's 'music'—but is it art?
Who owns our culture? Who decides what our songs and stories will be?
Faith in the Lord. True love. Murderous violence. The Bible draws on these three themes. So does good country music. Think David, Bathsheba, and Uriah on compact disc.
In the Old Testament lesson at my church one Sunday, we read, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem...
Honky, by Yale sociologist Dalton Conley, is a memoir of growing up during the 1970s and 1980s in the projects of New York's Lower East Side.
Since 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has been the most influential faith-based peace organization in the United States and, indeed, the world.
The Word on the Street has the potential to be a book about two theologians who volunteer at a soup kitchen, feel good about themselves, and write heart-warming stories about their experiences.


Street Person, Portland, Maine: circa 1965
We commit to proclaiming and living the good news, even when doing so seems absurd.
"Art has the power to heal spiritual, emotional, and physical brokenness."
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