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CSA’s free weekly publication, a carefully curated collection of original articles at the intersection of spiritual formation and social action.

In Praise of Skepticism and Discomfort: A Review of “How to Have an Enemy”

By Ryan Groff

How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger & The Work of Peace by Rev. Melissa Florer-Bixler is a sermon. Like a good sermon it encourages skepticism and ensures discomfort.

As an elder-Millennial like me might say, this sermon teaches listeners “how to enemy.” We have tried to raise our children with similar instructions on when anger and hate are appropriate and when they are not.

Art (and the Gospel) for the Masses

By Whitney Bauck

In the book Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts, authors Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin draw a parallel between modern-day art museums and religious shrines: “Go inside any gallery and the atmosphere is hushed and reverent.

How Indigenous Theologies Can Transform Christianity

By Anna Redsand

A Review of Decolonizing Evangelicalism by Randy S. Woodley and Bo C. Sanders

Shortly before he passed on, my friend, Diné (Navajo) scholar Larry Emerson, said to me, “You should write about decolonizing Christianity.

More Ancient Truths: A Review of "Becoming Coztōtōtl"

By Aline Mello

My first encounter with Tejana writer Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros was through her Twitter account, where she asks thoughtful questions and offers kindness in her comments to poets, Christian writers, and anyone else who engages with her.

25 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading

By Kaitlin B. Curtice

I’m constantly asked for resources on how people can move forward learning about Indigenous culture, and I’m often repeating the same thing: read books.

Read books.

First and foremost, this supports Indigenous peoples who are writers and creators.

A Christian Response to Intersex

By Lianne Simon
Jennifer Anne Cox wrote this book as an evangelical response to intersex. Her message to evangelical Christians is this: the Gospel is as much for someone with an intersex condition as it is for you. Stop abusing these people.

Called to Join the Fray: A Review of "Raise Your Voice"

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
I first encountered Kathy Khang on social media several years ago. I don’t remember the specific issue she was addressing, but I remember reading her tweets and Facebook comments with a combination of admiration and awe. She challenged the status quo and spoke truth to power with confidence, clarity, and wit.

Against Caricature: A Review of Angela Denker’s "Red State Christians"

By Melanie Springer Mock

Several weeks ago, my son and I were talking about what seems, lately, to be one of his favorite words: hate. As a teenager expressing big emotions about matters I might find more trivial, my son employs the word hate with astounding regularity, telling me that he hates the chores I ask him to complete, or that a peer hates him, or that every kid in his school hates a curmudgeonly science teacher.