The Common Good

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Cover Story

Churches in the "127 Movement" are opening their hearts, homes, and families to welcome children in the foster care system.


How U.S. evangelicals rejected one of their own—and helped spawn the "New Atheism."
As we put creation's author to the test—with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline—there will be consequences.
How to talk with our children about homelessness.


After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues.
The Supreme Court continues to dismantle campaign finance reform.
Why are so many college graduates underemployed?


Christ's upside-down kingdom offers a different and subversive message: Lose your life and you'll find it.

"If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014)

Extended Format: The Power of Words

The civil right of equal opportunity never ensured the human right of equal access.

We need to show that the zeitgeist is changing, and that there's a steep price for fooling us.

...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves.

Culture Watch

A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina.
Her Next Chapter by Chicago Review Press / A Shimmer of Something by Liturgical Press / The New Parish by IVP Books / A Permeable Life by Available Light
The problem is not with the ark, but with the ark mentality it represents.
To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down.
The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature with Engaged Ecology, by David TraceyA Political Theology of Climate Change, by Michael S. Northcott
Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger
Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
Through the slippery spirit's incomprehensible means / A perfect surrender.