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Spring 2009 | Volume 27, Issue 1

Every square inch

When we are called to give attention to every square inch of the world as it truly is, we notice the signs of meaning and of promise, even as we stare our own evil and the evil of our neighbours in the face. With this issue of Comment, we hope that all of us, as we read and ponder the Jubilee words gathered for us in these pages, will be emboldened to live our ordinary lives with extraordinary delight.

12 Articles In this Issue
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Editorial: Attending to the world by Gideon Strauss

Living ordinary lives with extraordinary delight.

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Editorial: Knee-deep in Hot Fuzz by Robert Joustra

Christians tend to be curiously pessimistic about our cities. It's time to reimagine six assumptions about our shared urban lives.

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How microfinance is changing the world by Jessica Jackley

How small loans are dignifying, empowering and changing lives across the world—and redefining how we perceive the poor among us.

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Winning first the hearts by Jedd Medefind

From the White House to every other political arena, means are more important than ends.

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Q&A: Daniel Sepulveda | PUNTER, Pittsburgh Steelers by Daniel Sepulveda

Daniel Sepulveda was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the same year he was the Steelers' rookie of the year. He was a three-time All-American at Baylor University in Texas, and is the only punter in NCAA history to win the Ray Guy award, honouring the nation's top collegiate punter, twice.

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ART. Right there in public. by Dayton Castleman

You never know when, in some open, urban space, you might stumble upon an object that appears to be art.

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Q&A: Andy Crouch | AUTHOR, Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch is editorial director for The Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today international, executive producer of the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, on the board of Books & Culture, a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute and, of course, author of Comment's favourite book of 2008, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (IVP Books, 2008).

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Q&A: Michael R. Stevens | PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, Cornerstone University by Michael R. Stevens

Dr. Michael R. Stevens has been teaching in the Humanities Division at Cornerstone University since 1997. He did his Ph.D. work in Literature at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, where he—as a native of upstate New York and a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan—was forced to witness the Bills losing two Super Bowls in a row to the Cowboys. Stevens loves reading and writing about baseball and about the Civil War, and he owns and sometimes dons a Union blue uniform for presentations.

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Q&A: Nicole Baker Fulgham | Teach for America by Nicole Baker Fulgham

Nicole Baker Fulgham works on the faith community relations team at Teach for America, inspiring people in faith-based organizations to work to eliminate educational inequity. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she is also an avid figure skater.

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Heaven in a Nightclub by William Edgar

Inside the "invisible church" where spirituals—and jazz—were born

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The creational goodness of sports and competition by Michael Goheen

"Nothing matters but the kingdom, but because of the kingdom everything matters." —Gordon Spykman

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Is there life after college? by Tom Sine

Four streams for college graduates embracing whole-life faith



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