Those who took the pandemic seriously, and made life-altering decisions all along to protect others, are being asked to dig deeper into the well of compassion to ladle out another cup or two of sympathy. But for many that well is dry.
Laura Levens writes that the fiery arguments over women’s ordination, women as pastors, and women’s callings distract from constructive conversations about entrenched racism, Christian Nationalism, and sexual abuse.
Beth Allison Barr, author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood, responds to a metaphor by Al Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that compared the ordination of women to a growing rainstorm.
John Gehring writes that politicizing a sacrament is pastoral malpractice, whether directed against Republicans or Democrats. The pope has said that Communion is “not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”
Marybeth Davis Baggett, a former English professor at Liberty University and two-time alumna of the school, urges the school’s leadership to own the roles they played in propagating and perpetuating the sin they now condemn with impunity and suffocating sanctimony.
The guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd might be an exodus for America. Tuesday may be the day that the ancient account of God’s deliverance becomes as important to America as it has been to the Black church.
James Ackerman of Prison Fellowship urges Christians to use words that uphold people’s potential, rather than those that hold them back with harmful stereotypes. Words should affirm their whole identity, he adds, including their capacity to change and grow.
Steven K. Green writes that in prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and anti-bias concerns, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has promoted a skewed conception of what religious freedom is.
The mark of the beast in Revelation has throughout history been misunderstood as referring to various events and phenomena. Its connection to the COVID-19 vaccine is but the latest example of such misunderstanding.
While the majority of Americans either intend to get the COVID-19 vaccine or have already received their shots, getting White evangelicals to vaccination sites may prove more of a challenge – especially those who identify as Christian nationalists.