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Why This Theologian Argues a ‘Bad-Ass’ Christianity May Be Our Only Hope to Defeat Christian Nationalism

By Miguel De La Torre

What good is the pursuit of the intellect if it does not contribute to the betterment of humanity? Eurocentric scholarship has been reduced to knowing, not transforming. For those who are minoritized by Eurocentric academics, the goal of the scholar who is prophetic is to seek harmony with what the future might bring while remaining faithful to one’s beliefs and/or worldview—providing encouragement when it leads toward justice, dire warning when it does not.

Protecting the Freedom to Worship in the Holy City

By Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon 

The holy city of Jerusalem exists as one of the most sacred cities in the world to the three major Abrahamic religions–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Two peoples (Jews and Palestinians) and three faith traditions not only share the entire city but have also shared interest in individual holy sites as well.

Cat Calls? Comics to the Rescue!

By Jennifer Carpenter

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published Jun 27, 2019. Since then, the organization we interviewed has changed its name to Right to Be.  

“Hey, baby, come over here and let me look at you a minute.” “Smile, beautiful.” “What’s your name, little mama?”

I never know what to say when I hear this kind of stuff while walking down the street.

Why I’m a Holy Saturday Christian

By Andre Henry

You can listen to an audio version of this piece here.

I imagine the weekend of Jesus’ execution might have felt something like the fall of 2020: the feeling of watching a revolution die.

The Garden Walk of Holy Week

By Christine Sine

You can listen to an audio version of this piece here.

I love gardening and one of the things I love about living in the northern hemisphere is that Easter coincides with the spring blossoming and planting seasons.

A Listening Lent

By Cyndi Parker

Originally published Mar 7, 2022 

I did not grow up observing Lent. I knew “those other Christians” gave up their favorite things during Lent, which made me feel sad for them.

A New View of Mary and Martha

By Christine Sine

A couple of weeks ago, I read a fascinating article that talked about how chemical sprays—both pesticides and fertilizers—negatively impact beneficial insects by altering the electrical field around flowers, making bumblebees less likely to land on them for pollination.

Elrena Evans on Prayer and the Discomfort of Difference

By Elrena Evans

Originally posted April 21, 2022

We spoke with Elrena Evans about her new book, Special Grace: Prayers and Reflections for Families with Special Needs from InterVarsity Press. Below you’ll find our conversation, as well as an excerpt from Evans’ beautiful book.

Why Pilgrimage Has Become My Lenten Practice

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

You can listen to an audio version of this piece here.

Walking the pathway, I wanted to look up at the stony landscape.  But the path was so pebbly that I had to keep my eyes on the ground to keep from stumbling.