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DON'T GET OUT OF THE BOAT

A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE

Aug. 5, 2020

We are not a people equipped to earn our own salvation. We are not a people called to get out of the boat on our own. We are wandering in the wilderness. The self-help Gospel of the popular American Christianity of the last few decades has little to say to us now, as married couples take their last shaky breaths next to each other on ventilators in overcrowded ICU units, as teachers purchase scrubs and personal protective equipment to walk into their classrooms, as people of color continue to suffer disproportionately, not only at the hands of the police but also from the global pandemic.

THESE EVANGELICAL WOMEN ARE ABANDONING TRUMP AND THEIR CHURCHES

GEN BY MEDIUM, FROM WRITER SARAH STANKORB

July 23, 2020

In her 2019 book, Red State Christians, journalist and Lutheran pastor Angela Denker describes traveling across the country after the election, talking to Christian voters and trying to understand their relationship with Donald Trump. Denker argues Trump may not know much about the Bible or evangelical Christianity, but his rhetoric resonated with a civic religion common in many Evangelical churches, especially in the South, “with its unique blend of nostalgia, plus a little misogyny and dog-whistle race politics on the side.” There’s a degree to which many churches have adopted a Christian nationalism that has wrapped faith tightly in patriotism and relies, in some cases, less on the gospel and more on “God, guns, and country.”

SMASH THE MONUMENTS

CHURCH ANEW BLOG

July 10, 2020

So let the monuments fall and tumble to the earth. Let the Columbus statues be toppled. And then let us gather up the dust, spread it across the land, add water, and plant seeds anew for our nation. Iconoclasm is not an end, but a beginning.

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