How do we assess claims of “I am not a racist” widely used by those who engage in racist comments and behavior or defend others who do so? Applying different forms of reasoning can help.
This isn’t just about the law or the president. It’s about us, the “white us,” engaged in actions with frightening implications for, with or about white Christianity, compelling us to ask hard questions of our churches and each other.
Hundreds of thousands of people have gone online to get ordained – not because they had a calling, not because a congregation had affirmed their gifts for ministry, not because they had completed a theological education and preparation for ministry – but so they could certify marriages.
What I will take away from my five days in south Texas is this: Unless we are willing to let go of systems and theologies that target the vulnerable, unless we are willing to recognize our own Saul-like tendencies, I don’t think the scales will fall from our eyes.
The challenges for Baptist women around the world continue to be immense, especially in churches where their gifts and callings are restricted and undervalued. We need to invite girls and women into God’s inclusive way.
Los desafíos para las mujeres bautistas en todo el mundo siguen siendo inmensos, especialmente en las iglesias donde sus dones y llamamientos son restringidos y subvaluados. Necesitamos invitar a las niñas y a las mujeres a adentrarse en la manera más inclusiva de Dios.
Those of us who have the most to learn are the ones who seldom have been victims of racism ourselves, who think we know what racism means but in reality do not know the definition. What scares me is the seemingly vast number of Christians who know the definition and simply don’t care.
I recently used the term “theological malarkey” in response to a question related to Trinitarian theology. That has inspired me to call out a few other forms of theological malarkey in American religion today.
Persons who have experienced trauma are among those gathered for worship every Sunday. Congregations have a unique opportunity to serve these persons through trauma-informed care. That not only includes helping persons heal from trauma but also knowing how to keep from contributing to trauma, however unintentionally.