catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Out of Control

vol. 8, num. 22 :: 2009.11.13 — 2009.11.26

Changes of season, holidays, birthdays, aging—there are many things we can predict and expect throughout our lives. But what about the things that are beyond our control? How can our mundane routines shape our responses to the things that catch us off guard, for better or worse?



Not by chance

A reflection on messy friends, neat friends and God's providence.


Open hands

A tale of two situations, or how I learned to let go.


God helps

A visual and narrative reflection on God the Guide.

The roaring twenties

On surrendering control and remembering how to play in a season of inevitable change.

Placing our hope

Considering hope and fear twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Looking back on an out-of-control period of life illuminates the source of stability.


On learning to trust after life changes in a split second.

Round and round

Reflections from a mom who longs to get off the merry-go-round.

Contain yourself!

What bodies -- young or old or vibrant or dying -- can teach us about God and ourselves.


To see the fissures and 
hear the rumblings

A review of 
The BQE, a film by Sufjan Stevens.


In case you missed it the first time

(In)Security and the Fall

Eve Ensler’s Insecure at Last prompts theological reflection on the lie of security.

Best laid plans

A reflection on the reality of our limitations in family planning.

Weaving the web

Balance beam

Francis Chan offers an image of the safe life.


The Power of the Put On: Questioning Media

An excerpt on escaping a marketed version of reality from David Dark’s The Sacredness of Questioning Everything .




Clutching Dust and Stars

Chapter One:  Food Not Bombs - from the forthcoming novel by Laryn Kragt Bakker (published by *culture is not optional).


Clutching Dust and Stars

Chapter Two:  Extinction is Forever - from the newly published novel by Laryn Kragt Bakker (published by *culture is not optional).

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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