The Scroll 2/28/14: Top Five Christian Articles of the Week

1. White Fear Is Irrational (And Deadly) – Guest post by Nekeisha Alexis-Baker
So let me get this straight: Michael Dunn was not a victim of assault. He was not a victim of a shooting. He acted irrationally — aka insanely, stupidly and crazily — by shooting into a vehicle filled with Black teenagers and killing Jordan Davis, all because he didn’t like the volume of the music in their car. And yet, somehow, his lawyer manages to construe this incident as one in which Dunn was so afraid that he had no other option but to defend himself with deadly force? Really...continue reading
The evangelical world blew up this week over the question of whether Christian business owners and individuals should refuse goods and services for same-sex weddings. Many Christian theologians, pastors, and bloggers—particularly hailing from the evangelical new-Calvinist movement—have argued the answer is yes in some cases...continues reading
I have a problem with the Bible. Here’s my problem…
I’m an ancient Egyptian. I’m a comfortable Babylonian. I’m a Roman in his villa. That’s my problem. See, I’m trying to read the Bible for all it’s worth, but I’m not a Hebrew slave suffering in Egypt. I’m not a conquered Judean deported to Babylon. I’m not a first century Jew living under Roman occupation. I’m a citizen of a superpower. I was born among the conquerors. I live in the empire. But I want to read the Bible and think it’s talking to me. This is a problem...continue reading
A couple of weeks ago was Valentine’s Day — the second busiest day of the year for restaurants — and many of us celebrated the holiday by going out to eat with our loved one. I was no different. My girlfriend and I enjoyed a great dining experience at a local Italian restaurant in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Our server was very personable and delivered exemplary service. When it came time to pay the bill and tip the waitress, I had a flashback to a social stratification course I took as a sophomore in college. In the course, we read Barbara Ehrenreich’s non-fiction bestseller, Nickel and Dimed, in which Ehrenreich goes undercover as a low-waged worker to experiment living off the wages earned. One of the jobs Ehrenreich worked during her experiment was as a server at a small restaurant. Ehrenreich was unable to make a living wage as a server and was forced to pick up another job. Every time I eat at a restaurant and it is time to pay the bill, I am always reminded of the unfair wages servers earn...continue reading
Our changing cultural values continually affect our spiritual lives and often shape our church experiences. Today’s churches aren’t immune from social trends and factors, and here are a few traditional practices that are becoming extinct within faith communities...continue reading

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