This post kicks off our fall series on sexualized violence and race. In turning our focus to the intersections of sexualized violence and race it is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to believe that we are exploring a side issue or engaging in a conversation that is only relevant to survivors who are also people of color (even though a conversation like that would be worthy of our attention). Understanding what sexualized violence is, who it affects, how it is perpetuated throughout Western and North American cultures and what is needed to resist it requires reflection on race just like it requires reflection on theology and religious practice or on psychology and trauma. Sustaining this conversation is necessary and important, and it will take the entirety of this series to start to stitch together our varied understandings of why that is. Today, I offer a (far from comprehensive) collection of musings, thoughts, concerns and questions that will hopefully start us thinking together and prepare the way for us to receive what is offered by the wonderful folks who have agreed to contribute to this series. ***** The post Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence appeared first on Our Stories Untold.
The other day I publicly stated that I support the efforts across the country to decriminalize marijuana. Reception was predictably mixed, though I appreciate the fact that more and more Christians are at least willing to have a reasonable discussion on this topic...
Happiness is not perfect until it is shared. I was pleasantly surprised to be included in this Amish Wisdom giveaway–but happy because the timing ties wonderfully to the yearly “Family Dinner Day” emphasized in my book, Whatever Happened to Dinner? which encourages families to keep regular family meal times, even when it isn’t always easy […]
Our friend Jeremy Jernigan wrote something recently that we wanted to share with you today. Jeremy is the author of Redeeming Pleasure and Teaching Pastor at Central Christian Church in Arizona. He blogs regularly at TomorrowsReflection.com. He’s the husband to Michelle and dad to five amazing little kids. [...] The post Does God Exist Outside of Time? appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.
Season After Pentecost: The Gospel Passage – The realities of this life and the life to come, and the lessons therein
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores.” […]
Discovering our need for emotional health and emotional intelligence is cornerstone to a sustained leadership role. I remember the day I discovered this well. It was an early spring morning. The air was crisp, the birds were singing, and I was in tears...
We often think of an idol as a statue, but an idol can be anything we use to meet the needs that only God can meet. In other words, a false god. There is no end to the false gods we create. In Western cultures we often strive to feel ... The post False Gods in the Church appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.
I often think of the church as the body of Christ, a family of believers, a community of faith–and much less often as a “nonprofit organization.” That’s not a definition found in Scripture, yet in our twenty-first century, North American context, the church and church-related agencies do function as non-profit organizations with boards, budgets, personnel, and […]
Wherever one's heart is filled with compassion and they act for the benefit of another, God is present and working. Even in spaces where apathy, violence and unjust anger rule, God is right around the corner, looking for the opportunity to create love.
Season After Pentecost: The Old Testament Passage – When this world seems hopeless, there is hope yet to come
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace […]