the life of an expat parent

Rachel Pieh Jones has an excellent piece at The Other Journal on what it’s like to be a parent living abroad. She’s got it worse than me — her kids are older and go to school in another country! —...

/ March 14, 2018

Sandra McCracken, “Songs From The Valley”

Sandra McCracken just released “Songs from the Valley”, an achingly beautiful EP full of what you might expect if you took the songs that she wrote in the last several years just didn’t quite fit in her last two records...

/ March 13, 2018

why can’t white Christians take black Christians at their word?

I’ve seen this article on Christians of color slowly backing away from white churches shared over and over this past weekend (for good reason, though Amy Sullivan notes that very similar reporting was done a year ago at Religion Dispatches). The...

/ March 12, 2018

we can make up great things — like national identity!

Michael Brendan Dougherty has a bone to pick with people who want to sneer at “made-up” national identities: Nationalism as a political movement was also what made democracy possible; it helped to overthrow ancient monarchies that routinely bequeathed nations with...

/ March 8, 2018

can Black Lives Matter achieve its goals?

This is a fascinating essay from Cedric Johnson examining the history of the Black Panthers and comparing its political activism to the Black Lives Matter movement: The racial justice frame simply does not adequately explain the current crisis of police...

/ March 7, 2018

song post: “Fire and Dynamite”, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

“Fire and Dynamite” is the best pop-rock song released in the last ten years. Drew Holcomb has written a number of great songs over the years (check him out!), but this is the best and I’m glad I’ve gotten to...

/ March 6, 2018

The Sacrifice of Africa — a book all missionaries to Africa should read

I’d been wanting to read The Sacrifice of Africa by Emmanuel Katongole (a Ugandan theologian and priest) for a while and finally found one in Nairobi. I would heartily commend this book to anyone who is interested in African politics...

/ March 5, 2018

there are reasons why poor people eat what they eat

Those of us interested in public health and nutrition have heard a lot in the past few years about “food deserts” — places where it’s hard to get fresh and healthy food. It turns out that while poor people may...

/ March 2, 2018

how deep does the rot run?

This article from the Baltimore Sun summarizes some of the most shocking instances of corruption and violence from the trial of some Gun Trace Task Force members, including: » Ward said Jenkins also believed males over the age of 18 carrying...

/ March 1, 2018

when sex hurts

This essay from Joy Pedrow Skarka about pain and sex says some things that need to be heard: After our wedding, riding the elevator up to our hotel room, I looked into my groom’s eyes and saw excitement. We had...

/ February 28, 2018