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Saints in the Marketplace: A Biblical Perspective on the World of Work

God and the Marketplace Is God interested in the marketplace? Does he care about the public arena, about the world of work, about trade, professions, law, government, education, and industry? Many Christians seem to operate on the everyday assumption that God is not or at least that he is not interested in the marketplace for its own sake, as distinct from an interest in the... Read More

An Ancient, Unbroken Song: A Review of Gina Oschner’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight

Gina Ochsner. The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 384 pages. $18.25 hardcover (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. A true fiction, he said. Always he prefaced the tale this way for his students. True because this... Read More

The “Righteous Rich” in the Old Testament

Much is written and preached about the problem of poverty from a biblical perspective, and much of what is written and preached acknowledges the fact that most poverty does not just happen—it is caused. There are, of course, those who are poor for reasons that have little or no human or moral causation (e.g., as a result of devastating weather, disabling illness, disastrous... Read More

Silver Linings in Dark Financial Clouds: Discovering Spiritual Gold in the “Economic Crisis”

Like the worst of rubber-neckers passing a twenty-car pileup on the interstate, I have watched our nation’s recent economic turmoil with a strange mixture of sorrow, fear, and (here comes the strange part) relief. As reports of plummeting home prices and consumer spending, as well as skyrocketing joblessness rates and national debt, stream continuously over the airwaves, I... Read More

“Everyone in This Room is Now Dumber for Having Listened to [Him]” : Setting Straight the Insanity of Glenn Beck on James Cone and Black Liberation Theology

Glenn Beck and his narratives are often best left ignored—his broadcasts are incendiary, and the helpful things he says are derivative and rare. However, his recent comments on liberation theology represent a particularly egregious detour from truth and authenticity, and in this case, Beck’s artful incompetency has led him to stumble into an area of my interest, an area... Read More

Flirting with Money

What is money for? The question may sound odd as it suggests that money might have a “nature,” a given essence that defines its proper use and goal. Even realists, who still think of things as having natures, would be hard-pressed to think of money this way, because money, especially paper money, only exists as part of a humanly constructed symbolic system of value and exchange.... Read More


O underneath. O tawdry sky at dusk, pink and orange fluorescent, loud rasp of cicadas in the maples—O feeling in my gut that ousts contentment. Earlier the air felt gentle, generous as Saturday. The morning air was an institute of migration: O blackbirds with your lost feathers pegged in the grass beneath your roosting trees, branches spackled with seeds and shit, all day you... Read More


Long grass sways pine branches swing cumulus clouds race across the sky Imagine we see more than these things even the wind itself Imagine our love is more than a grimy reflection of something greater Dust swirls in a sunbeam Imagine we see more even the light itself Imagine our analogies & extrapolations are more than somewhat like that Notes Click the image below to purchase D.... Read More

Christ and Capital: Money Changers and the Lord’s Table

He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables . . . —John 2:15 But now the money changers no longer need to be driven from the Temple of God because they have built another, more impressive temple, exchanging grace for credit and the perpetual promise of something new. Indeed, for city and suburban dwellers, for texting crazed teens and overworked... Read More

Screwing with Idols: A Targum (Romans 1:16–32)

Ancient texts were not always ancient. That may seem rather obvious, but it is worth remembering. Paul’s letter to the Christian community in Rome was once a piece of contemporary correspondence to a particular community in a particular place and time. And like our time, theirs was a time of empire. What would happen if a letter like this were written to us in the context of our... Read More