Well, we made it – election day is here! Many of us are anxious and fearful while some of us are hopeful and expectant. Most of us are probably a blend of the four.

Here are some resources to help you throughout the next several days. Take your time and click on what interests you.

Updates:

11/4/2020 – Added link to Quick to Listen podcast, added link to New York Times news organization tracker

START IN PRAYER
If you don’t know where to start Kaitlyn Schiess, author of The Liturgy of Politics, has provided a PDF of prayers for election season. On pages 3 and 4 she has prayers for election day – pick one or two and pray them as you go throughout your day.

Lord, be with me in this day, a day with great significance and possibility, a day with ordinary struggles and delights, a day that is one precious opportunity to serve my neighbor among many others.

A prayer from The Liturgy of Politics, Kaitlyn Schiness


BE INTENTIONAL WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Read pages 4 and 5 from the Practices for Election Season PDF provided by Schiness. It provides practical suggestions on how one should engage with social media.

BONUS: Here is an intriguing website where you can play around with how the news is curated towards different social media bubbles. Hint, you are in one of your own and it takes work to get out.


BE DISTINCT
Please do not get caught up in the hype – as a Christian we should be distinct and different in our interactions online and in person and the media we choose to consume.

Read chapter 5 (Messaging and Rhetoric) and chapter 8 (Civility and Political Culture) from Compassion (&) Conviction for a reminder on how our leaders, and us, should be engaging with each other and the public.


READ THESE ARTICLES

  • ARTICLE: 5 Expert Tips for Following Election Stats – Five practical tips – from not trusting the exit polls to being patient to which demographics to focus on – to separate the facts from the hype during election day.
  • ARTICLE: The Day After – Empathy is the key to healing America. It needs to be learned as it provides the path to loving our neighbor and the solution to real-world problems.
  • ARTICLE: Why Evangelicals Disagree on the President – A well thought out article on how the church is split between visions of the kingdom of Heaven. Whichever vision you agree with it is your duty to “reach out to those who disagree with you and demonstrate the love of Christ.”
  • ARTICLE: Electoral college explained – An explanation of how the electoral college works and a short history along with key dates. Also, take a look at the video below for an explanation.

CHOOSE YOUR RESOURCES WISELY
Here are several resources, including some of our own, that we have found useful.

  • Curated List: Politics – Our own curated list of articles, books, movies, shows, podcasts and sermons on ways Christians can approach politics. Most of the media are geared towards before election day, but the principles to be learned are still relevant.

  • New York Times Outlet tracker – Tracks which news organizations have called winners.

  • Reclaiming Hope Newsletter – Hosted by Michael and Melissa Wear on Substack.com the Wears provide commentary, context and information on the latest political news. During election day he will host political scientists and strategists as they breakdown the news – the newsletter also has a useful graphic showing when states will begin counting mail-in ballots. Here is his election day post.

    Wear is one of the top Christian leaders engaged with politics and provides a safe, respectful place to exchange ideas and ask questions. His newsletter costs $5 a month or $50 a year, but it is well worth the cost.

  • The Dispatch – Commentary, news, podcasts and much more — we highly recommend subscribing to their free Monday-Friday The Morning Dispatch newsletter. Here is newsletter for election day – lots of solid information there along with an electoral map.

    On Nov. 3 they will be hosting a Dispatch Live that is available to subscribers. On Nov. 9 and 10 they will be hosting a two day What’s Next conference. Cost is $100 for a two day pass and includes a year of The Dispatch.

  • The Exchange with Ed Stetzer has a plethora of discussions with pastors, authors and thought leaders on this election season. Lots to dig into here.

  • Christianity Today election headlines – Balanced and well written without being sensational.

What ‘Ted Lasso’ Understands About Redemption Quick to Listen

Season 1 and Season 2 spoilers ahead. The second season of Ted Lasso ends with an image of Nate. The once kitman, recently promoted Greyhounds assistant coach is not wearing Richmond attire as we see him lead team exercises on the pitch. Instead, he’s in all black, staring at the camera, as we realize he’s the head coach of Westham United, the team recently purchased by season one nemesis Rupert Mannion. Just minutes before, we’ve watched Nate verbally berate Ted during halftime in a game that could put Richmond back in the Premiere League. Nate’s arc, from neglected staff member to dismissive and arrogant coach, who struggles with self-loathing and insecurity, is just one of the themes we want to discuss. But a show known for the kindness and forgiveness of its characters also had much to say this year about toxic masculinity and father and son relationships. The program has also had much to say about actions and consequences, except that we feel that there were a few oversights here this season. Marybeth Baggett is professor of English and Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and an associate editor for Christ and Pop Culture. Her 2019 book Morals of the Story received a CT Award of Merit in our Book Awards. And she’s working on a book about the philosophy of Ted Lasso with her husband, who is also at Houston Baptist. Baggett joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how the show defines redemption, why it focused so much on father-son relationships, and what Nate can teach Christians about love.What is Quick to Listen? Read more. Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow this week's hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Read Morgan’s Ted Lasso article: ‘Ted Lasso’ Won’t Settle for Shallow Optimism Follow our guest on Twitter: Marybeth Davis Baggett Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Faith Ndlovu Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. What ‘Ted Lasso’ Understands About Redemption
  2. What Francis Collins Changed for Christians in Science

Chappelle, Supply Chains and Corporate Drug Dealers The Church Politics Podcast

Justin and Chris discuss the tension between triggers and artistic freedom in comedy based on the backlash to Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special. The co-hosts talk about the treatment makers of Oxycontin are receiving in the US judicial system after their deceptive marketing sparked the opioid crisis. They also talk about shortages in the pandemic equality and why NYC is getting rid of gifted programs in elementary schools. Show Note Links: https://www.statnews.com/2019/01/15/massachusetts-purdue-lawsuit-new-details/ https://time.com/6104495/purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-victims/ https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/america-is-choking-under-an-everything-shortage/620322/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. Chappelle, Supply Chains and Corporate Drug Dealers
  2. Should We Be Preparing for Another Civil War?

The Final Episode: Election Recap Faith 2020

In this final episode, Michael Wear examines the role faith played in the election outcome.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. The Final Episode: Election Recap
  2. Our Last Talk Before the Election


Pre Election Special! Prophetic Politics

We give some last thoughts before the 2020 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  1. Pre Election Special!
  2. Bonus Episode: Hopes for the First 100 Days of the Next President

A Covid Check-Up Pantsuit Politics

Topics DiscussedDonald Trump, News, and Media Coverage of PoliticsCovid-19 Check-InOutside of Politics: Weaponized IncompetenceGet our Premium content on PatreonGet our Premium content on Apple Podcasts SubscriptionsApple Podcasts Subscriptions Contact FormSign up here if you subscribe to our Premium content through Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and want additional info about Premium content opportunities.Please visit our website for full show notes and episode resources.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. A Covid Check-Up
  2. Who’s to Blame for #DeviousLicks?

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