catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Good Government

vol. 10, num. 19 :: 2011.10.28 — 2011.11.10

November is coming and, while it’s not a big, big year in U.S. elections, it’s still voting season.  And perhaps an off year for a big election is a better time to think critically about what good government looks like for the common good.  Who’s getting it right?



The politics of bearing witness

A report from Occupy Chicago.

Government and the imitation of Christ

Interpreting Romans and 1 Peter through the lens of Jesus Christ’s self-giving love.


It’s complicated

Asking hard questions and embracing complex answers in community.


Border line

Pondering government and inequality in Detroit.

God, politics and wisdom

Seeking an alternative to ideology.

The King is dead; long live the King

Acknowledging the fairy tale running under and through our daily lives.

Leading for the common good

Lessons in leading from Nehemiah and the city council.

In case you missed it the first time

Mea Culpa

On why Christians should be disturbed by the current war in Iraq and what we should all be doing about it, regardless of our opinion.

To hell with Romans 13

A sermon on one of the most commonly misused passages in canonized Scripture.

Ten reasons I love to pay my taxes

Reflections from a morning bike ride on the good things about chipping in.

Weaving the web

Loving faithful institutions: The building blocks of a just global society

Jonathan Chaplin challenges postmoderns with another way.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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