During this time when many religious communities are prevented from meeting together, can Christians learn from Jews what it takes to practice holiness in everyday acts, to move, for this limited time, from sacramental Temple-like worship the home-centered daily worship of the exile?
Ernie Stevens, Joe Smarro
America’s criminal justice system—and police norms in particular—are under the public microscope. Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are cops from San Antonio’s police department who have played a pivotal role in seeding a more humane culture there, with ripple effects emanating out into the broader community. In this conversation, they share all that they’ve learned and would like to see as the country wrestles with “Defund the police.”
Dave Durocher, Joseph Grenny, Tim Stay
Mutuality is not something we hear invoked in the context of power. But a community of former felons has some advice to give to today’s police.
In this moment of national crisis, this summer of protests and pandemic, we need both political prudence and the contributions of experts. But expertise and political judgment are not the same, and conflating them is a recipe for disaster.
Americans have told themselves radically different stories about the COVID-19 crisis. It’s worthwhile to fight through to a common understanding of where we have been and where we are, and one that’s rooted in the reality that is beyond our stories—but it’s not easy.
The current complex crisis reveals the poverty of liberal and individualistic understandings of sociopolitical order. As troubling and painful as it is, this moment is also an opportunity. Abraham Kuyper’s diagnosis and prescription for his time ring true. We must offer an alternative vision for our collective life together, one that recognizes the inviolable dignity of the individual without dissociating that individual from the broader community within which she finds her home.
The temptations of scolding are difficult to resist, and punditry by definition finds a ready audience. But Joseph Capizzi counsels a different approach, one that considers an eternal horizon.
What is death, and where does it come from? Knowing the truth about death can lead not just to lament but also to hope.
The nature of man is to pray to and praise his Creator. The early church fathers and mothers have something to teach us about what that looks like.
James Matthew Wilson
When society seems to be unraveling—with the empty waiting of quarantine, the chaos of policing gone wrong, and the frantic spectacles of riot—we ought all the more to spend time in contemplation. Poetry offers us an unusually capacious and comprehensive form for this.