We are out of shape and the people of the Sahel are paying for it. A major crisis is wreaking havoc in the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa, but few people care. Even though the United Nations estimates that 18 million people are at risk of starvationi, most Westerners aren’t even aware of the problem. This is in stark contrast [...]
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In the early 70’s the South Bronx was a dilapidated landscape suffering from the crippling economic effects of White flight, governmental policies of abandonment and a ubiquitous and lethal gang culture. It was in the womb of this social suffering that hip-hop was birthed. Communities began to gather in the name of respect and inclusion to counter the hostile environment [...]Read more ›
Racial slurs and racist actions are never appropriate, but if we demonize those who are coming into an understanding of race and racial etiquette, rather than cultivate growth, we are going to harvest citizens (including Christians) who are confused, frustrated, and downright indifferent toward the true, difficult, and hospitable work of racial reconciliation.Read more ›
Death Cab for Cutie has spent much of their career writing songs steeped in melancholy and found considerable success in the process. However, frontman Ben Gibbard and company aren’t the same men they used to be. On their latest release, Codes and Keys, they’ve found two compelling new muses.Read more ›
If we focus too much on the emotion of Jazz (or Christianity), then it becomes something we do for our own consumption rather than because of its beauty. And if Jazz veered away from its roots and began to sound exactly like classical music or sounded too much like grunge rock it would no longer be Jazz. Likewise, Christianity that looks like generic spirituality is no longer ChristianityRead more ›
I see again that unity and hope. It’s the kind of hope you speak of Mr. President, hope that stands in the midst of ruin and dares to say that a different world is possible. As a person of faith, this is the hope to which I cling.Read more ›
Creation is worse off now, by almost every measure, than it was back on the first Earth Day. Ben Lowe says that Christians should care, unpacking the Genesis story and what it reveals about our broken relationship with creation.Read more ›