Tonight, I’m meeting up with two lovely Shalom Sistas to watch the new movie, “Everything, Everything” a movie adaption of the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon
. As you may remember, The Shalom Book Club discussed “The Sun is Also a Star” by Yoon on the podcast and IT WAS AMAZING. Both the book and the discussion generated so much energy, the co-hosts and I thought it would be fun to encourage y’all to plan a girls’ night out to the movie and then maybe have a discussion afterwards of the ways we saw shalom in the movie. [...]
Have you ever wondered how christians, who believe more or less the same things about Jesus and God, believe widely divergent things about politics and public morality? Specifically, if you are more conservative politically, do you wonder how more liberal christians can possibly think and vote as they do? Continue reading Disturbing thoughts about christians and politics
In this series, Kurt will explore Paul’s worldview concerning God and creation. What did Paul have in the background? How did this affect how he would think about Adam and Eve? Then, we will end our series looking at Romans 5 and its compatibility with evolution (or lack there of).
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Bruxy Cavey joins Paul on the podcast to talk about his newest book, Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners. Reunion is described (via Amazon): Join Bruxy Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, in the pages of...
(I call this picture "Converse in the Wild")slow down,just bebe stillbe presentlisten to, and dwell in, what ishere, now, this momentwhat love?what fear?and what possible doorwaybetween the two?(grace, always, is the door)
This post is part of an ongoing series on common logical fallacies used in conversations about race. If you have suggestions for fallacies that you'd like to see covered, submit your ideas here.
It's a natural reaction when describing racism: "but we're not all like that!" When we learn about the brokenness of our world we want to distance ourselves from the problem. Particularly when talking about racism as a social issue, it can feel like we are just perpetuating "reverse racism
" by overgeneralizing.
But the reality is that racism is a broad system (just like other "-isms," such as capital-ism
, and commun-ism
) that has effects on each one of us, and will require the work of each one of us to combat. Dr. Beverly Tatum
compares racism to smog that we all breathe: “sometimes it is so thick it is visible, other times it is less apparent, but always, day in and day out, we are breathing it in."
|Muhammad Ali on "not all white people"
What this means is that we all play some part, sometimes large, sometimes small. It is better to be reflective and examine our own hearts than to reflexively disassociate with its existence. That way we can recognize the problem and be a part of bringing about change for the better.
To say "not all white people" merely distracts from an important conversation about sociological trends and their impacts on our society. Even if there are some exceptions, it is disingenuous to thrust these instances into a discussion about the broader power structures at play.
offers the following example:
"I will make some statement about whites and then be informed that “not all whites” are like that, that they are Individuals. Like there is some special rule of English that “whites” always means “all whites”...When I say, “Whites owned slaves” it hardly means they all owned slaves. As far as I know no more than 2% of White Americans ever did. Yet that does not make the statement untrue or meaningless. Because quantity is not the issue – it was never stated. To make quantity the issue is a derailment."
It can be intimidating to confront the realities of our society's brokenness. But rather than searching for exceptions, let us attempt to take statements about racism at face value, knowing that cultures will always exhibit complexity when examined on an individual level.
|Not all data points...but there's a trend!
If you find yourself upset, take a moment reflect. Does a broad description of societal injustice feel like a personal attack? What is the source of the anxiety you feel?
If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it. There's no need to become defensive.
But if your discomfort reflects a vague sense of conviction, it may well be worth digging deeper into that discomfort to examine how you might work to combat systemic injustice within your own sphere of influence.
Take a moment to examine the how systems of racial advantage affect many aspects of life. Which ones can you personally take steps to combat today?
The vloggers discuss what book of the Bible best describes their life. Steve opens with the question and talks about the book of Ecclesiastes because he tends to alternate between being extremely cynical and being very focused on God. Deborah responds by discussing...
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There was a blizzard of headlines last week about Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in office. As an ethicist and a pastor, I’m less interested in Trump’s attitudes and actions (which the media is analyzing nonstop, from all angles, as rapidly as they can). I’m more interested in the question: What Did you Do with … Continue reading Our First 100 Days
To God Both our Father and our Mother Who created the heavens and the earth Who separated the waters from the land Who brought forth vegetables and fruit trees of every kind Who spoke light into existence Who created creatures of the land, earth, and sea Who formed both men and women in your very …
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