Reads of the Week
1) The Cost of Repentance by Zack Hunt
"Our actions have consequences. And while we may no longer face eternal consequences for our sin because of Jesus, the earthly consequences are very real and aren’t going anywhere. Which is why forgiveness divorced from accountability is so dangerous."
2) Cripple by Shannan Martin
"We worry sometimes that we'll seem too churchy, too weird, and all Jesus ever did was be weird and ridiculous and shocking and bold. We tell ourselves the world wants us to be more like them, and caught in the exact-right light, it's true. But the harder truth is, the world wants us to love them with the heart-ruined love of the only thing that ever made us alive."
3) Letting Go of God by Heath Bradley
"Throughout the Christian tradition there has always been a constructive tension between saying things about God, and at the same time acknowledging that all our words fall short of the divine reality. It is to our detriment when this paradoxical polarity gets out of balance."
4) Farewell, StrongBlackWoman by Christena Cleveland
"Meanwhile, the StrongBlackWoman identity, which at first glance seems like a positive identity, has wreaked havoc on black women’s emotional, physical, spiritual and relational health. In an attempt to escape one set of racist/sexist stereotypes, black women have run smack dab into another stereotype, one that is also maintained by societal racism and sexism."
5) Sermon on Lembas Bread, the Feeding of the 5,000 and Why I Hated Pastoral Care Classes by Nadia Bolz-Weber
"Perhaps Jesus’ injunction against sending the crowd away wasn’t because he was about to magically multiply a couple loaves into thousands, (although, again, that is a totally valid reading of the text). Maybe he didn’t want the disciples to send the people away because Jesus knew that those people had what the disciples lacked."
Search Term Friday: Judas Suicide by Richard Beck
Holy Relics: A Focus on the Family Movie Review by Martyn Wendell Jones
The Book That Changed Amy's Life by Amy Peterson
Not Our Problem: Why Collectively Ignoring Mark Driscoll Isn't an Option by Richard Clark
Tweets of the Week
"When He Goes Limp You Have To Stop Punching, Charlie Brown" - @briangarr
"Good thing most planes have TVs. Nothings worse than having to look out the window at Earths sacred majesty from the point of view of angels" - @pharmasean
"I raised my kid as a philistine. "How about less Schopenhauer & more QVC Shopping Hour?" I'd scold—but German idealism already corrupted him" - @BigRedDreck
On Pop Theology Week in Review
Harry, Severus, & David: The Danger of a Single Narrative by Laura Brekke
"Recently, I had an epic weekend of re-watching all the Harry Potter films (okay, it was more than a weekend, because: sleep)."
Song of the Week
"Let Your Heart Hold Fast" by Fort Atlantic
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