The Scroll 3/7/14: Top Five Christian Articles of the Week

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On my nightstand :At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. This book is incredible, and I'm only a few chapters in. A painful (and potentially triggering) read, certainly, but it tells a crucial side to the civil rights movement that is largely missing from popular history, illuminating many of the activists, newspapers, and organizations that fought tirelessly against sexualized violence and for racial justice. Many thanks to Austin Channing Brown who tweeted the NPR piece on Parks' activism that led me to track it down...continue reading
Drew, along with pastoral ministry, is also a PhD student at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in Theology & Ethics. His research is focused on the intersection of Black theology and Anabaptism. Drew regularly speaks at churches and conferences, confronting racism, systemic oppression, and violence, while continually pleading with Christians to take a stand. Drew is committed to a life that struggles to take Jesus seriously while following him into the world...continue reading
It's time to stop talking about what we are giving up for Lent--or judging those who do--and start pressing into Lent quietly and in expectation of God's reward. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the day which marks the beginning of Lent for many in the Christian tradition. Over the next 40 days, many will observe a period of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting from things ranging from certain types of food and television to shopping and social media...continue reading
Why are young people uninterested in attending church, specifically young people with no recent family history of attending church? In many urban centers similar to where I grew up, churches are dealing with one or possibly two generations of un-churched teens and young adults. Their grandparents went to church, their parents went occasionally, and now this generation hardly goes, if at all...continue reading
When theological push comes to shove and I’m pressed into a theological category, I call myself an Anabaptist. Being an Anabaptist means I place a premium on personal piety, the importance of the church, the individual’s right to choose faith for themselves, the centrality of baptism, and the non-coersive, power-sacrificing nature of God, but mostly, it means I spend time explaining what an Anabaptist is...continue reading
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