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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.

An Interview with John McNall on the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism

We spoke with Dr. Josh McNall—associate professor of pastoral theology, ambassador of church relations, and director of the honors program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University—about his latest book, Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism, published by InterVarsity Press. 

Church + Boldness = Hope

By Bridget Eileen Rivera

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

When I look at the church, I see women stepping up as leaders and holding their brothers to account; I see people of color reminding the world of God’s justice and calling the church to repentance; I see queer people persevering in the faith and living in the safety of God’s love; and I see a global body of Christ that is so much bigger than Western culture.

In Praise of Theological Tensions

By Gregory Coles
The genius of Christian unity, of the body of Christ acting like a body composed of different parts, is that we become wiser and more whole in fellowship with each other. Our tensions, like tendons, make us able to reach in multiple directions without tearing apart.

Being the Church, Outside the Church

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Just before Memorial Day weekend, President Trump called for the opening of churches and other houses of worship. And much as I long to be able to attend church again, that made my heart sink.

Webinar: Leading Your Church Through Grief and Loss

Featuring Francesca Nuzzolese

Leading Your Church through Grief and Loss from Evangelicals for Social Action on Vimeo.

Accompanying individuals and congregations in the process of grief and bereavement is one of the most important dimensions of pastoral ministry.

Sunday in the South

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

 

Service starts at 11:00 am at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. In eight months, Leah and I have never yet been on time. When we chain our bikes to the handrail on the handicap ramp, I can hear the hum of the electric organ and the pulse of hands clapping.

How Does Your Church Pursue Justice?

By Adam L. Gustine

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to note that the record on justice is spotty at best for white evangelicals. It has not been part of our normative framework for thinking about the gospel and the mission of the church.

The Gift of Christ-Centered Community

By Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel
Organizing is exhausting. The forces of injustice are often ruthless and so well-funded that they have replacements ready to go each time a foot soldier tires.

Smoke Machines in Church?

By Manuel Luz

My teenage son, Justin, had been invited to an area church by a friend. Since he had grown up as a pastor’s kid and had never been to a megachurch like this before, I wondered what impression it might give him.

In Protest of the Protestant Art Ethic

By Tegan Brozyna

I was fortunate to earn my art degree at a faith-based college that was serious about both art and faith. I vividly remember my first art course in college; we were all so eager and nervous about creating and showing our work.