Jemar Tisby has done the church a tremendous service by documenting its pattern of racism during key epochs in American history and showing how repentance and institutional reform can happen. This isn't just a historical survey of the distant past but of events as recent as Black Lives Matter and the election of Trump, which at the very least ought to prompt Christian readers to examine how racism manifests in their midst in subtle ways today.
"The heartbeat of anti-racism is confession, is admission, is acknowledgement, is the willingness to be vulnerable," says Ibram Kendi in a recent podcast. He is not making a religious argument, and yet it is remarkable how drenched in religious rhetoric his argument is.
Getting through this bloody pandemic is hard. We need endurance: what David Brooks calls "the knowledge that the only way out is through and whatever must be borne will be borne."
In his book 'Mere Christianity,' C.S. Lewis wrote that surrendering yourself is the only way to find your true self. It's an inspiring sentiment that, unfortunately for Christians, is diametrically opposed to just about everything that a culture bent on consumerism and expressive individualism stands for.
What is courage, and how do we get more of it to face the difficult days ahead? Insights from sci-fi, art, and social activism.
What enables you to endure suffering? What gives you the hope to go on? In Fani's case, it is a glimpse of a restored world where everything sad comes untrue.
"The self-forgetful person would never be hurt particularly badly by criticism. It would not devastate them, it would not keep them up late, it would not bother them. Why?"
In two paragraphs Henri Nouwen conveys incredible insight on the nature of darkness and light, cynicism and joy.
One of the worst parts of suffering is waiting. Yet few times of year are better for waiting than Advent.
James K.A. Smith's argument for the power of historic liturgy seems difficult to accept if you meet in a house church.