Cover Story: Is there a role for the Devil? ‘Reviving Old Scratch’

RICHARD BECK SAYS THE DEVIL’S NOT DEAD

PrintCOVER STORY—Most Americans say they believe the Devil is real, but Old Scratch’s reputation has faded into a vague spiritual notion. And, that’s a mistake, says Christian author Richard Beck. Evil is real in our world and ignoring the Devil leaves Western mainline Christians disconnected from millions of marginalized communities facing daily struggles all around the world. Read Editor David Crumm’s interview with Richard Beck, our cover story this week.

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BENJAMIN PRATT: A HEALING PARABLE

2816728373_14d6e33c51_o‘THE HOLY FOOL’—It isn’t always an insult to call someone a “Fool,” as Benjamin Pratt recalls this week in a new column you don’t want to miss. We publish our online magazine under Creative Commons licensing, which means you’re free to share this remarkable parable with others. We hope this little tale travels far and wide.

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A CANCER SURVIVOR HELPS OTHERS

Hollye Jacobs Photographs by Elizabeth Messina (1)GOD SIGNS—Columnist Suzy Farbman brings us inspiring stories of real people who make a difference in our world, often despite long odds. That’s the case with Hollye Jacobs, who survived breast cancer and committed herself to helping others. In a long-shot publishing project, she wound up writing a best-selling book that has helped countless people.

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COME ON!
GET ‘GROUNDED,’ PART 3

Diana Butler Bass GroundedREAD ALONG WITH US—This is the third week of our collaboration with Christian educator Debbie Houghton to help readers reflect on Diana Butler Bass’s new book Grounded: Finding God in the World. Consider this a free, public study guide. Think of it as a summer-time, inspirational pilgrimage with friends. This week, we are sharing Part 3 in this series.

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

Don’t miss a date! Remember www.InterfaithHolidays.org, our master calendar.

Wheat-in-field-Lammas (1)LAMMAS / LUGHNASADH— In the withering heat of July across most of the U.S., it may seem surprising to look at the ancient harvest festivals coming on August 1. An ancient festival of the wheat harvest, Lammas—or Lughnasadh—has long been called “the feast of first fruits.”

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HIROSHIMA DAY—On August 6, many people around the world recall the bombing of Hiroshima. To help us mark the occasion, faith-and-film critic Ed McNulty reminds us of a solid 1995 film about that milestone..

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FILM, FAITH & CULTURE

Hell or High Water screen shot (1)Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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