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Enduring Freedom

She had no time to admire how the jets, pirouetting above the snowy ridge, caught the morning sun just so, enflamed in dazzling white like twin homing doves. So sudden and dreadful was their arrival, she failed to appreciate how their deliberate curve recalled another morning sky, two planes, a pillar of smoke ascending. There was time enough only for a mother to turn, to run toward as they plunged, each panting step affording a closer view of falling ordnance and the bright new... Read More

Not For Sale: An Interview with Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin is an important voice in the international effort to end modern-day slavery. As director of the abolitionist faith community within Not For Sale and an ordained missionary with the Free Methodist Church, Austin travels the world to create tools that engage business, government, and grassroots organizations in the service of enslaved and vulnerable communities. In this interview, Austin discusses the increasing prevalence of slavery around the world and in our local... Read More

Why Lord? Haiti and the God-Question

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake, the same strength quake that rocked San Francisco in 1989, brought the little island nation of Haiti to its knees. Some news outlets have reported that nearly one-third of the nation’s population, or somewhere in the neighborhood of about 3 million people, have been affected either by being killed, maimed, or left homeless. It is not an exaggeration to say that the devastation strains one’s abilities to describe. And it is just... Read More

“With Sighs Too Deep for Words”: On Praying With the Victims in Haiti

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray... Read More

Fearless Speech, Courageous Eyes: A Theological Engagement with Freedom of Expression

Is anything more sacred to democracy than freedom of speech?1 And in our late modern world, is anything more sacred than democracy? Indeed, despite all the laments about the erosion of absolutes and a proliferation of perspectives, isn’t freedom the last absolute standing—the one prized universal that launches not only a thousand ships, but ten thousand missiles, a hundred thousand marketing campaigns, and a myriad of global protests? Freedom is that byword that unites... Read More

Blessed Are the Organized—Solidarity, Finitude, and the Future of Pluralistic Democracy: An Interview with Jeffrey Stout, Part II

In this wide-ranging interview, Jeffrey Stout reflects upon some of the themes of his 2004 book Democracy and Tradition. He also describes the personal and biographical motivations that have shaped his intellectual orientation, one he describes as “Emersonian Perfectionism,” including the impact that such writers as Emerson and Thoreau had upon his early thought. Stout’s reflections on Walden suggest that its discussion of “sleepers” had the same awakening effect... Read More

Art for the People: Emory Douglas

Click on the image below, “Emory Douglas,” to open an exhibit of Douglas’s work in a resizable browser. “Emory Douglas” Photograph by Sean Roberts Throughout America’s history, there have been figures and movements that have asked us to reevaluate the limited breadth of our liberty. Through peaceful protests and angry shows of force, they have exposed our hypocrisy and inequality, our segregation, intolerance, and oppression. And although the American experiment... Read More

The Bridge I Called Home: A Restoration Ministries Recovery and Relocation

Take a moment to consider the value and meaning of your name. With only transitory reflection, you may discover that your name is a multifaceted label with depth, gravity, associations, and significance. You will discover a history. Your name is the symbol that represents you, of course, without ever truly capturing you. It is an identity, and identity has beauty. At the mention of your name, a brain activates countless neuronal pathways; the synapses fire information back... Read More

A Biblical Approach to Suicide Prevention: Where Did the Greeks Go Wrong?

Despite erroneous statements of some writers to the contrary, the Hebrew scriptures state clear and strong prohibitions against suicide and consider it to be an immoral act. The biblical prohibition against suicide derives from two sources: one from the Decalogue, “Thou shall not commit murder” (Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17), and the other from Noahide law, “For your lifeblood too, I will require a reckoning” (Gen. 9:5). The Hebrew scriptures also contain several additional... Read More

Consumption Junction, What’s Your Function? A Review of William Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed

William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), 103 pages, $10.11 paper. Click here to buy Being Consumed from Amazon.com and to help support The Other Journal. People everywhere are being forced to pay attention to the transnational economy these days, and they are asking questions about the meaning of production and consumption in the brave new world of the twenty-first century. Though the... Read More