Cover Story: We sure love our angels and demons

THE GREG GARRETT INTERVIEW

Greg Garrett and his Entertaining JudgmentAN ENTERTAINING AFTERLIFE—Greg Garrett returns for an interview on his new book about Americans’ love affair with the denizens of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. It’s called Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination. In Greg’s tour of cosmic realms, you’ll meet Gandalf, Zombies, Batman, Katniss and the entire cast of Lost. Come along with us! We’ve rarely published such a wide-ranging interview.

JOIN US IN A LENTEN PILGRIMAGE

Ashes on a forehead and Our Lent by David CrummOUR LENT—It’s time to order your copy of Our Lent: Things We Carry, an inspirational pilgrimage through Lent with ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm. These 40 stories connect Jesus’s final journey with events in our world, today.

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

GOOD media builds good community. That’s a goal shared by our community of writers, scholars, peace activists and authors.

th 3 Generations of Hands by Susan StittWE ARE CAREGIVERS—Popular author and speaker Benjamin Pratt returns with “Hands,” a moving column on the timeless power of our hands to establish healthy relationships.

THIRD WAY NEWSLETTER—Thanks to readers who sent us encouraging notes about our cover story last week on the launch of the Third Way Newsletter, a national campaign by evangelical leaders to welcome gay and lesbian men and women into their congregations. If you missed it last week, visit the Newsletter website and sign up for their free email updates.

DAVID GUSHEE—A major figure in this campaign is Dr. David Gushee, author of Changing Our Mind. Gushee is continuing a nationwide tour this week at the Together in This event at Eastlake Community Church in Bothell, Washington on Saturday, February 21. Sharing the platform with Gushee are Matthew Vines and Stan Mitchell. On February 22, Gushee will speak at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Interfaith Peacemakers Leymah Gbowe Wilson Gathungu Ashafa and WuyeINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—Author and international peacemaker Daniel Buttry continues to publish an inspiring series of stories from Africa, part of our special emphasis on Black History Month. New this week are profiles of …

BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—In our anti-bullying comic section, this week, we are showcasing a colorful cartoon by Tobias Neal from his series The Sword. Check out that “comic of the week” and our entire array of comic activity guides.

WHY ARE WE DIVIDED ON VACCINATION?

th Wellbee poster from 1960sOUR-VALUES—This week, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker explores changing American attitudes about vaccination, which once was such a successful campaign that measles was all but eliminated in the U.S. Now, it’s back in headlines and Americans are debating whether vaccines should be required.

SHAKE OFF THOSE WINTER CHILLS

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FAITH & FILM

Two Days, One NightVISUAL PARABLES—This week, faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty urges viewers to seek out a French-language film, Two Days, One Night, about a woman at risk of losing the blue-collar job on which her family depends. (5 out of 5 stars) This week, Ed also recommends:

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