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Parking lot palms

Toward the end of Zadie Smith’s shrewd and entertaining novel, Kiki Simmonds gets into an argument with her husband, Howard Belsey: “All you ever do is rip into everybody else,” she tells him. “You don’t have any beliefs—that’s why you’re scared of people with beliefs.”

Roll call

Many Christians find the book of Ecclesiastes troubling and therefore choose to ignore it. Ray Waddle asks provocatively what a Church of Ecclesiastes might look like.

Blind spots

Eugene Boring and Fred Craddock have endeavored to remake Barton Warren Johnson’s The People’s New Testament with Notes, a classic of the Disciples of Christ movement, for today’s church. The Disciples movement began with a protest initiated by Thomas Campbell in the early 19th century.

Saints and sinners

If you know about Jane Addams, you probably know the Jane Addams of Hull House, the Addams who worked for social justice, women’s suffrage and world peace and whose settlement house was a place where people met across racial, ethnic and class lines. Becoming this Jane Addams was an arduous process, as Louise W.

Widow's walk

Among the inside-the-beltway commentariat, it goes without saying—although the commentators frequently say it anyway—that the United States is in the midst of a culture war.