On Being a Revangelical – Merianna Neely Harrelson

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I always got questions from Thinking Religion listeners when I claimed to "still be" an Evangelical. Merianna explains it much better than I ever could here... Between this statement and my partner’s parsing of the Greek meaning of the term evangelical around the dinner table, I am finally ready to say that I am evangelical … Continue reading On Being a Revangelical – Merianna Neely Harrelson

“Change within a lifetime”

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Climate change is the ghosts of impacts future.... And so the most effective guard against climate breakdown may not be technological solutions, but a more fundamental reimagining of what constitutes a good life on this particular planet. We may be critically constrained in our abilities to change and rework the technosphere, but we should be … Continue reading “Change within a lifetime”

Government shutdown cuts nearly all food stamp office staff, adding to SC uncertainty

In 2016, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was used by 16 percent of South Carolina residents. More than 72 percent of the state’s SNAP participants were families with children. Across the nation, the average monthly SNAP benefit per person in 2016 was $127, or $1.41 per meal. Source: Government shutdown cuts nearly all food stamp … Continue reading Government shutdown cuts nearly all food stamp office staff, adding to SC uncertainty

United States of Amazon

"The company’s focus on Washington as its most lucrative customer was reflected in its decision earlier this year to choose nearby Arlington, Virginia, as one of its two new US headquarters, along with Long Island City, New York. “Amazon wants to be the interface between all government buyers and all the companies that want to … Continue reading United States of Amazon

Mary’s ‘Magnificat’ in the Bible is revolutionary — so evangelicals silence it

I certainly had never heard of the term "Magnificat" until college. It's difficult to divorce biblical passages such as these from contemporary politics when we are in a season of listening to footsteps. Good read in these closing days of Advent 2018: Why has this song been forgotten, or trimmed, for so many people who … Continue reading Mary’s ‘Magnificat’ in the Bible is revolutionary — so evangelicals silence it

Satyagraha and Climate Justice

Love this connection from Matthew Klippenstein... we have much to learn about justice, and especially climate justice, from our neighbors and our own history... Articulating a hopeful, abundant vision of what the future could be has helped climate activism gain widespread support across Canada, and even from a strong majority within Alberta’s energy sector. With … Continue reading Satyagraha and Climate Justice

The God of Progress

An intriguing essay on a point that has been made repeatedly about American religion, particularly its inextricable connections to cultural materialism and scientific progress... Our modern world tries extremely hard to protect us from the sort of existential moments experienced by Mill and Russell. Netflix, air-conditioning, sex apps, Alexa, kale, Pilates, Spotify, Twitter … they’re … Continue reading The God of Progress

“We won’t let that happen.”

Who would have thought the annoying little service that lit up my text messages in 2006 with updates from other text nerds posting to 40404 would go on to become the political and media juggernaut it is today... President Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to allege social media companies are discriminating against prominent … Continue reading “We won’t let that happen.”

Response to “America’s Empty-Church Problem”

Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t easing political conflict. It’s making American politics even more convulsive and zero-sum. Source: America’s Empty-Church Problem … Continue reading Response to “America’s Empty-Church Problem”

Church Marketing and Political Issues

Six-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Americans – adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation. The second-most-common reason is opposition to the positions taken by churches on social and political issues, cited by 49% of … Continue reading Church Marketing and Political Issues

Philanthropy and Underserved Communities

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The average person thinks, “Of course philanthropy is about helping the poor.” In fact, just one out of every three dollars is intended to benefit underserved or marginalized communities. Even with a very broad definition—low-income communities, communities of color, women and girls, LGBT communities, people with disabilities, the elderly—it’s a small percentage of philanthropic dollars. … Continue reading Philanthropy and Underserved Communities

“Invisible Wire Pullers”

Eerily familiar to the American left... Prideful of their own higher learning and cultivation, the intellectual classes could not absorb the idea that, thanks to “invisible wire-pullers”—the self-interested groups and individuals who believed they could manipulate the charismatic maverick for their own gain—this uneducated “beer-hall agitator” had already amassed vast support. After all, Germany was … Continue reading “Invisible Wire Pullers”

Romans 13 and American Appeals to Authority of the Government

Good read on the historical uses of Romans 13 in American history to justify obedience to the government in light of our Attorney General's use of that text today to defend the deplorable and immoral and utterly un-Christian internment camps we're setting up along the Mexican border for children that we're forcibly separating children from … Continue reading Romans 13 and American Appeals to Authority of the Government

Cautionary Tale of Climate Change Prepping from Ancient Egypt and Bronze Age

These agricultural feats managed to extend the life of the Egyptian empire about half a century longer than it might otherwise have lasted, according to the archaeologists. The lesson for our own civilization — which is likely to face increasingly severe droughts as humans change the climate far faster than nature has ever done — … Continue reading Cautionary Tale of Climate Change Prepping from Ancient Egypt and Bronze Age