Category: History

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

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

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

the necessity and history of corporate social responsbility

I very much look forward to reading Kyle Edward Williams’ thesis on corporate social responsibility whenever it comes out. For now, he’s got a great piece in the Washington Post on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to bring responsibility back to corporate...

/ September 3, 2018

“the joy of cryptozoology”

How can you not love an essay like this? Clare Coffey is a delight to read: That the movements of the human mind, its bent for narrative and order, might correspond to something real besides raw evolutionary fitness simply does...

/ August 24, 2018

Christians and AIDS

The history of Christians and health services is a complicated one. This article by Michael Igoe is a great summary of evangelical advocacy for PEPFAR, which has provided billions of dollars for HIV treatment, and the difficult needle different parties...

/ August 9, 2018

there aren’t good short-term fixes for migration, either

Last week I highlighted a really good article about the long-term migration problem that the world is facing. Here is more evidence from The Atlantic that things aren’t holding in the short-term, either: When I asked immigration experts this week...

/ July 5, 2018

the long-term migration problem

This is hard to read, but it’s necessary to ponder. It begins with the story of Jose Matada, who climbed into the landing gear of a plane and died when he fell out as the plane was descending in 2012....

/ June 27, 2018

Public Justice Review’s Manifesto

I have long admired the work of the Center for Public Justice, and their new manifesto about sums up why: First, the kingship of Christ moderates any pretensions to royal earthly authority. This matters because in the old covenant with...

/ June 22, 2018

the power map of baltimore

Dr. Lawrence Brown and his public health students have produced a fascinating map of Baltimore that illustrates historic and contemporary inequities. They’ve also produced a set of ideas that can help remediate these inequities: In a hypersegregated city, segrenomics results in the redlining...

/ June 5, 2018