by Ben Howard
Reads of the Week
1) Ashamed by Rachel Held Evans
"I am ashamed of the bumper stickers, the t-shirts, the logos, the fog machines, the light shows, the celebrities, and that paralyzing fear of Silence we’re so bound and determined to avoid that we keep shouting and shouting and shouting at one another till our words are just clanging cymbals echoing off church walls."
2) Beware of Thinking Biblically by Micah Murray
"Words are important. And “thinking Biblically” is very important. But all my life I’ve been told lies carefully footnoted with stacks of Bible verses, mistakes and opinions and dangerous words all cloaked in the sacred garb of “Biblical thinking”. And now I find myself recalling these words one by one and carefully examining them, deconstructing my religion brick by brick until all that’s left is Jesus."
3) In Which Art is Like Manna by Sarah Bessey
"I believe the freedom to create – or to “spend it all” as Annie Dillard says – is in direct connection to our trust in God’s provision. Do we believe, even in our art, that he is the giver of all good gifts, the provider, the El Shaddai, my God of more-than-enough? Or are we in charge of hoarding it for ourselves and our carefully crafted outcomes and desires?"
4) Christian College Fires Woman For Not Getting Abortion by Fred Clark
"If this woman had gotten an abortion, she’d still have her job. That’s what San Diego Christian College apparently wanted her to do. That’s certainly the incentive they’ve built into their 'community covenant.' And that incentive is doubly reinforced by the double-standard in how that 'covenant' is enforced for women as opposed to for men."
5) The Good, Racist People by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist."
Marissa Mayer Thinks Feminists Are A Drag, Is She Right? by Hanna Rosin
Vote for Jesus? by Darrell Dow
The U.S. Supreme (Race) Court: Roberts, Scalia, and the Voting Rights Act by David R. Henson
Line of the Week
"I turn to ESPN & think I see Stevie Wonder without glasses. Then I realize it's Jay Williams." - Gordon Gartrelle (@mrgartrelle)
On Pop Theology Week in Review
The Top 25: Bigger, Better, Faster, Farther (Or, The Idiocy of Rankings)
Adam Metz explores the bizarre nature of rankings and the way it affects youth sports and families.
Review: Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I've Crossed by Jay Bakker and Andy Meisenheimer
Jay Bakker's new book from Jericho Press brings a fresh perspective to grace and inclusion.
8 Christian Movies That Could Be Made (Including A Few That Shouldn't Be)
With the premiere of The Bible series on the History Channel and several other Christian themed movies in the works, here are eight movies that could show up on a screen near you.
Laments for Lent
JaneAnn Kenney has been reading through Lamentations during Lent. She shares her reflections so far.
Why I Shaved My Beard: Thoughts on Fear, Chaos and Community
I shaved my beard this week and I decided to share the emotional reasons why I chose to make that choice.
Song of the Week
"Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails)/Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen) Mash-Up" by pomDeter
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