SUMMARY: Co-hosts Mike Erre, Timothy Stafford, and Bonnie Lewis knock it out of the park as they detail three ways Christians should not respond to mass shootings, but quickly pivot to the ways Christians must be different in how we approach tragedy.
The foundation lies in that all humans are created in the image of God. That belief should shift our focus from political memes, partisan talking points, and platitudes, to lamenting and telling the truth of a loving and powerful God.
KEY QUOTE: “I think Jesus-followers have to play by an entire set of different rules and have an entirely different set of aims than just reinforcing the divisive politics of our age.”
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What does defund the police mean? Do we really need to overhaul policing? What about black on black crime? Can I be pro-police and pro-reform? How can I help?
What if prayer wasn’t a thing you put on your to do list to knock off, but a practice you continually perform throughout every aspect of your life? What if prayer isn’t about communication with God, but communion? What if praying to God and its effectiveness has nothing to do with our devotion? Through 53-devotionals, Skye Jethani’s What If Jesus Was Serious…About Prayer? slowly and deliberately challenges us to rethink how many of us view prayer and to enter into a deep communion with God.
From newspaper fact checkers to evaluation methods such as S.I.F.T. to diversifying one’s news feeds there is a tremendous amount of energy and time being devoted to debunking lies and conspiracy theories. Despite the trend to provide better quality and quantity of information to the public, according to a 2022 PPRI poll, 60% of white evangelical Protestants believe the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump while Qanon conspiracies ravage large swaths of churches in America. While fact checking methods and diversifying one’s news feed can be helpful, it seems it is doing little to move people from yelling at each other to respectful conversation. How did the church get here? Is there a theological way of consuming the news? How can we think and act Christianly to the news?