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Beyond 'Ruin Porn'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Reimagining the geographies of the city—a place where the story of our salvation is played out. ...

NYT: Struggling in the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in the suburbs. A New York Times op-ed this week examined the growing phenomenon of poverty in ...

Bernard Hopkins, Donovan McNabb, and Debunking the 'Black Card'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During a recent interview, professional boxer Bernard Hopkins <a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-05-11/bernard-hopkins-says-donovan-mcnabb-not-black-enough-tough-enough" target=&q ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

Tread Lightly During Spring Break Travel
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

My family, while I was growing up, was not much for spring breaks. As other families we know flitted about preparing for palm trees and sand, my sister and I would pout and lament to my mother that we had the ...

Feeling Green Guilt at 30,000 Feet
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I just returned from a fabulous little weekend getaway. Skipped town with the hubby. Just us, sans three kids for the first time in four years, and it was glorious. I just returne ...

Unemployed in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, but the latest news about unemployment was not particularly encouraging. People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, ...

The New Consumer: Has the Recession Changed Us?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As young kids, my sister and I always loved to rummage through my grandmother's basement. As young kids, my sister and I always loved to rummage through my grandmother' ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

Darth Vader Goes Swimming and Clarity Floods In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of people before. We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of ...

Hot, Humid, and Green Summer Ideas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"So what are you up to this summer?" seems to be the question du jour. With the calendar about to flip into June everyone seems antsy for a summer plan. "So what ...

Coffee and Compost
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that has my dear husband Joel rolling his eyes. Joel is a good sport. I was reminded of a little gardening tip last week that h ...

The Question of Climate Change is Secondary to the Need for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

It is still very much winter in Chicago. Sure, the calendar says March, but the piles of snow on the ground look more like mid-January. Everything is brown and crusty. It is still ...

Supermarket Moments in the Environmental Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last week I was at the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon. I was sans children, and when that happens a trip to the grocery store can feel like spring break. Last week I was at t ...

Greening the Winter Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I h ...

The Author of Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: Interview with David Van Biema
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Racial reconciliation among evangelicals is one of those slippery topics that come and go based on which national leader is currently jazzed about it. Racial reconciliation among ...

Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: The Backstory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine's Jan. Time magazine's Jan. 11 issue hit newsstands last week with a compelling teaser on its cover: "How Megachurches Are He ...

Wise Local Living -- Without Leaving
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last year I borrowed a copy of Doug Fine's book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812977890?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creat ...

Unconditional Incarnation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<em>O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ...</em></p> O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ... It was a chilly December night in downto ...

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/21/wal-marts-big-green-claim/">[continued from part 1]</a> ... Here is why I am not about to toss my kids into the car and dash out for chea ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well color me happy (as the saying goes): Wal-Mart just released a big claim to be greening up its act. But what does their claim really mean and how do we define what corporate green looks like anywa ...

Taking the Prairie Path: Seeking Sustainability in the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just a half-mile or so south of our home is the Illinois Prairie Path. It's an old rail line that was converted to a walking and biking path in the early 1960s. An electric line actually, that on ...

Called or Drawn to 'The Abandoned Places of Empire'?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

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