catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Safe and Secure

vol. 7, num. 2 :: 2008.01.25 — 2008.02.08

Much of our lives, from locking our front doors to choosing our neighborhoods to advocating for defense strategy, revolve around minimizing risk and ensuring a safe, predictable existence.  On myths, decisions and hopefulness related to the idea of security.



Sinking down

On gaining a "sense of place" through knowledge of nightmares.


The pursuit of happiness

An attempt to make sense of childhood longings.


The cousin village, the play date, and the commune

What does community have to do with safety?

Safe at home

A mother considers the relationship between safety and community in her household.

Seeing our delusions die

On dismantling the securing illusions of ourselves and others.

Jesus isn’t crazy

Living into Christ's light burden when human relationships are tested.

(In)Security and the Fall

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

Security for sale

On quieting one’s own fears and keeping a house safe for two kids.


Leaning, leaning

P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and security in the American Dream.

Assessing risk with eyes wide open

A review of Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk by Ben Carson, M.D., with Gregg Lewis.

Grant’s recommendations 1.25.08

From the life and influence of Bob Dylan chronicled in I’m Not There to Mike Judge’s take on the future of the U.S. in Idiocracy.


In case you missed it the first time

Late night thoughts on addiction as symptom

A reflection that reframes the assumption that addiction is an illness.

Confessions of a recovering Pharisee

A tee totaling re-convert discovers the nuances of Christian liberty.

High on security

A call to acknowledge suffering even as we celebrate good gifts.

Weaving the web

A Citizen’s Response to the National Security Strategy

Wendell Berry invites readers to reconsider the difference between peace and passivity in 2003.


Return to the City

Jarrod Shappell on the Church and the security of suburban sprawl.


Vulnerability and security

Brazilian theologian Wanda Deifelt on the incarnation’s call to live into the tension between vulnerability and security.


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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