Africa as antidote

Melani McAlister has an incisive interview with David Swartz in Christianity Today on her new book, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals: What do you mean when you describe Americans as “enchanted” by...

/ September 20, 2018

Andy Gullahorn, “Everything As It Should Be”

I really liked Andy Gullahorn’s last album, and I really like this one. They’re not all that different — honestly, does a new album need to be different in order to be good? — but they’re worth listening to. I was...

/ September 19, 2018

“Nothing that is given is valued.”

You know how when someone is rubbing your back because it’s sore and they find the exact spot that hurts and press on it and you saw “YEOW!” because it hurts but also because they found it? That’s what I felt like reading...

/ September 18, 2018

God and public schools

Like Emily Hubbard, I grew up in a conservative Christian milieu that thought public schools were a moral cesspool where I would be exposed to drugs, sex, and possibly even evolutionary theory. And now she sends her kids to a...

/ September 17, 2018

Alma Ata at 40

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration (PDF) — the landmark 1978 World Health Organization statement by 134 countries affirming the vital role of primary health care. This article explains why it’s so important to still focus on...

/ September 13, 2018

i don’t think i’m ever gonna figure it ou-ou-out

Lyz Lenz digs into the history of Tucker Carlson to try to figure out what happened to America: I am trying to listen. I am trying to understand. I want to understand. If I can figure out what happened to...

/ September 12, 2018

shame and the Bible

I’ve longed followed Jackson Wu and his writings about honor and shame in the Bible and missions, so I’m pleased to see he’s published a longer article with a more comprehensive look at the subject: Everyone agrees shame is a pervasive...

/ September 11, 2018

religious leaders should have been first to hear the call

Eve Tushnet digs into the complicated witness of the saints who have suffered abuse — and how they proclaim Christ, the abused: The saints bear witness to what the Church really is. This is not an uncomplicated witness. St. Mary...

/ September 10, 2018

“a joy that is never void of heartache”

This is a painful and necessary post from Jason Johnson about foster care and adoption: The new reality of our family, having now adopted that little girl that was once a file on top of a stack, is that we...

/ September 6, 2018

black homeschooling in America

This piece about black families in America choosing to homeschool captures many of the elements that families struggle with over the public school system: Yet Fields-Smith made a point of noting the respect black families had for the people running...

/ September 5, 2018