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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. 

Understanding the Promised Land of the Bible

By Jennifer Maidrand

“God blesses those who bless Israel.”

“The land and people of Israel are blessed.”

“Israel is the Promised Land of the Bible being fulfilled today.”

If you identify as Christian, it is likely that you have heard these claims at some point or another.

Race, Politics & Evangelicalism in America

with panelists Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Shirley Hoogstra, Russell Moore, Mark Labberton, Justin Giboney, and Raymond Chang, Moderator

Nikki Toyama-Szeto, CSA Executive Director, had the privilege of being on a panel discussion on Faithful Leadership that was hosted by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), the leading national voice of Christian higher education.

The Idolatry of “Christian” Nationalism

By Stephen Mattson

Christian Nationalism is a form of self-righteousness. It’s a spirituality that blends Colonialism and Manifest Destiny. It convinces people that the land, resources, and lives of outsiders exist to serve their desires and wealth.

Christianity Has Failed, Again

By Stephen Mattson

Christianity has had a horrible year, and decade, and a pretty bad last few hundred years, actually. In fact, depending on who you talk to, it’s pretty much been a train wreck from the very start.

The Immigrants’ Creed

Excerpt from The Book of Common Worship, 2018 Edition
I believe in Almighty God,
who guided the people in exile and in exodus,
the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon,
the God of foreigners and immigrants.

Resilient or Stubborn?

By Craig Wong

In a recent conversation among leaders of the church, a pastor offered an observation that has stayed with me. The topic of our conversation was about preaching resurrection hope amid a pandemic.

Liberty’s Miscarriage

By Megan Malkemes
Oh america!
you shakespearean tragedy,
liberty’s miscarriage,
an anthology of blasphemies.

The False God of Conservative Christianity

By Stephen Mattson

 

There’s a religion whose savior was a refugee, yet it rejects refugees. Whose God embraces sojourners, yet it deports immigrants. Whose parishioners worship someone called the Prince of Peace, yet they defend violence and are pro-war.

A Halloween to Remember

By Jim Baton

Many of my American friends who take a walk through their neighborhoods today will be greeted by an assortment of scary decorations in front of their neighbors’ homes: carved pumpkins, skeletons, witches, ghosts, gravestones, giant spiders, black cats.