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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.

Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

By Al Tizon

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways.

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.

Am I a Racist Without Knowing It?

By John Seel, Ph.D
In the United States, Black men are far more likely to be hassled by law enforcement during routine traffic stops. It is also likely, in a conversation about this fact, that a white male will not appreciate the degree to which his privilege is

How Are Christians to Respond to an Addicted Nation?

By Melanie Springer Mock
Like many people, my understanding of addiction has been informed primarily by mass media. I’m an inveterate watcher of 20/20 and the reality program Intervention; I am a consumer of memoirs and movies about those who