Some education reformers are trying to shift the focus from test scores to the broader circumstances of children's lives. One idea emphasizes schools as places where children connect with the broader society.
How we relate to the "other," ethnically, nationally, religiously, is the most important moral and theological issue of our time.
"In these tough times, Americans are tightening their belts—and their government needs to do the same." This bipartisan applause line is pithy, full of populist empathy and easy to understand. It's also exactly wrong.
If reception of the new translation of the Roman missal is as generous as it should be, the period of adjustment will be a chance to rediscover the shape of the liturgy and the essentials of Christian belief and hope.
Western Christians seem neither to know nor care about the catastrophe that has unfolded before them in the ancient heartlands of their faith.
My friend believes that death is not the final story. Is she right?
As God's people, we are the remnants and promise of new life.
The Chosen Peoples, by Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz
Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz have written a thoughtful critical volume on the roots and costs of chosenness as it pertains to historical and contemporary Israel and the United States.
Open to transformation
Kristine A. Culp has produced a sophisticated, original and timely work of constructive theology. It also happens to be a great story—even a page-turner.
Suburban search for meaning
Peter Lovenheim and Tom Montgomery Fate are both suburban dads on spiritual quests. In different ways, each of their books hits close to home.
Meek's Cutoff has been labeled everything from a revisionist western to a feminist allegory. It rejects the conceit of a romanticized West, instead questioning the various roles and realities that accompanied the pioneers on their journeys.
Love & Gravity
Chicago's LaSalle Street Church has become a haven for musicians. This is largely due to the dynamic ministry of Gary Rand.