A bad bargain

Peter Wehner for The Atlantic: What many of us within the Christian faith need to do better than we have—what I can do better than I have—is assert less of myself and more of God. If more followers of Jesus did that, if I did that, it would

“We have to act like citizens again”

George Packer: [A]n ambitious legislative agenda isn’t enough, because the problem extends far beyond Washington, deep into the republic. Americans have lost faith in institutions, in one another, in democracy itself. Everything conspires against our role as citizens—big money, indifferent officials, byzantine election rules, mutual hatred, mutual

"Every Christian in America is political"

Every Christian in America is political. This is unavoidable. It is the privilege and burden of citizenship. We can choose to not exercise the duties of citizenship, but that does not mean we do not have them. —Compassion & Conviction, p. 3

American evangelicalism: “a movement damaged in the fall from a great height”

Source » Michael Gerson for The Atlantic: How did something so important and admirable become so disgraced? For many people, including myself, this question involves both intellectual analysis and personal angst. The answer extends back some 150 years, and involves cultural and political shifts that long pre-date Donald Trump. It is

“The urban/rural divide is the single most overlooked fracture in American religion”

Source » Emma Green on Radio Atlantic:1 I think that the urban/rural divide is the single most overlooked fracture in American religion, and particularly in the American church. With religious minorities… the enclaves are urban, concentrated populations where everybody in those communities is religious. But I think in Christianity,

“Reformists focus on persuading and forgiving those in power. Revolutionaries don’t.”

Source » Thought-provoking read from Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t

The hyper-locality of gun violence in America

Source » Excellent insight and visualizations from The Guardian: Looking at the risk of gun homicide in terms of sweeping racial demographics, or even in terms of individual neighborhood census tracts, still obscures the real concentration of violence, crime experts said – and that further concentration is crucial to understanding how to

“Sanctuary cities” explained

Source » The roots of the modern sanctuary movement date back to the 1980s. U.S. churches, synagogues and other religious institutions began to provide refuge and services to thousands of undocumented immigrants from Guatemala and El Salvador who had fled civil unrest at home but were denied sanctuary in the
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