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Whispers of 412 West Cherry Street

In the early evening of cool Autumn, When the time for thinking and talking is just right. You can hear the moon whisper back the words of forgotten conversations. Sped upward by the crisp, light air, They are left undone and rain quietly back to the upturned arms of Maple, Elm and Beech. As one of those forgotten ones I come back to ask her Whether life turned out the way she’d... Read More

An Interview with David Bazan

David Bazan is the front man in a band called Pedro the Lion. If you haven¹t heard of him, or Pedro the Lion, then you have missed out on perhaps the most intriguing, introspective, and provocative artist/band commenting on the Evangelical/American Christian world in the last 5 years. Not that he sees himself that way, but his music¹s fierce following in the faith community... Read More

Stay

This would be so much easier if I were still there. There is a certain feeling of urgency that I cannot quite recapture; a sense that it matters, and not that it matters in some cosmic sense, but that it matters here and it matters today. How clearly unclear it all was. Any thought about making these girls lives’ any easier seemed simplistic and impossible and so very... Read More

Selling Children

We were anxious as we made our way through the early morning crowds on the railway station. It was only nine o’clock and yet already the sun was making the air sticky and oppressive. The commuters sweated and jostled each other. Each Mumbai train was packed to its overflowing open doors. We rounded the end of platform one and came to the place where Sunni and Vinniy usually... Read More

Revisiting Temptation in the Life and Music of Marvin Gaye

Anglican Bishop Graham Cray explores the life and music of Marvin Gaye in the chapter “Through Popular Music: ‘Wholy Holy'”, featured in the anthology Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts edited by Jeremy Begbie. The following essay by Andy McCoy critiques Cray’s theological comparison of the temptation of Christ and temptations of Marvin... Read More

The New ‘Jesus People’ or How did Twenty-four Texans in White Sheets Become the Purveyors of Religious Pop?

The Polyphonic Spree is nothing if not unique–or perhaps that should be Unique?. This is the band, after all, with 24 members (or so), the band that wears long white robes on stage, the band that includes a ten piece choir, a harpist, a flautist, and a cellist. This is the band that owns a kettle drum. Tim DeLaughter (rhymes with ‘daughter’), once a member... Read More

Crossing the Border: Human Trafficking and the work of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

On January 25, 2004, Peter Landesman published a landmark article on human trafficking and sexual slavery in the New York Times called The Girls Next Door. In the article, Landesman captured the radical movement of victims through Mexico and into the United States. His investigation into the world of trafficking has raised many questions, but none so stark as the reality of... Read More

The Cambodia Story

It was the part of the video footage when men would finally look away in revulsion and women would quietly gasp and involuntarily lift a hand to cover their mouths. For nearly a year we had been showing, to anyone who would watch, video clips from Svay Pak, Cambodia – a little village outside Phnom Penh where hundreds of children were brutally being sold on the open market... Read More

An Interview with Michele Clark

Michele Clark works for the Protection Project, a legal human rights research institute, working to establish “an international framework for the elimination of trafficking in persons, especially women and children.” On March 4, I interviewed Michele Clark in her office at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. about the... Read More

Saying ‘I Do’ to Our Father without a Voice

Ezekiel 16 would be an uncommon text to hear in a weekend service. It is a very long text, 53 verses and over 1500 words. Furthermore, there are three separate depictions of God’s generosity to mankind. However, this is the only prophetic text banned in the Jewish synagogue[1] and not included in Christian liturgy.[2] This text swept into a dark corner of the Bible,... Read More