One pastor advocates for gun reform, the other trains and arms his congregation. Both had mass shootings take place at their churches. In this well-researched, long form article Kimberly Winston digs into the relationship between guns and Christians and what Christians, both armed and not armed, are doing to prevent gun violence.
The consumption of news from a Christian perspective should be unique and discerning. Pastor Daniel Darling lays out six questions to ask which involve variety, humility, and patience when we engage with and/or share news.
Most of the news on television involves unactionable items - a murder, a natural disaster, etc. - where there is little that we can do about it - especially if it is on another continent. Anglican priest D.J. Marotta argues that Christians need to be "hyper-local" with our news sources. What this means is being in community with our neighbors, friends, and family where you can respond to information (news) with kindness and love within your sphere of influence.
Did you know that the Pilgrims had a fondness for colorful clothing and not the stereotypical plain, black wardrobe that is normally depicted? Did you know that religious freedom was not the primary motivation for the Pilgrims to cross the Atlantic? Our favorite Thanksgiving historian Robert Tracy McKenzie debunks five myths that are commonly associated with the Pilgrims.
Navajo and author Mark Charles uses Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation as a backdrop for detailing the indigenous ethnic cleansing that was happening under the sixteenth president's watch while declaring a day for "thanksgiving and praise." Charles previously celebrated Thanksgiving (see The Myth of Thanksgiving and Racial Conciliation), but starting in 2018 he stopped after continuing to learn about the history of the holiday. This is a good article to understand why some people choose not to celebrate Thanksgiving.
A meal, particularly at Thanksgiving, is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors and/or co-workers. But to avoid the common traps of the "good giver" and the "poor receiver," we must first practice true hospitality by putting in the time to develop relationships.
If you are looking to change the narrative around Thanksgiving pastor Erina Kim-Eubanks has five practical ideas ranging from researching the land you currently on to (re)learning history to extending hospitality to begin changing the narrative around Thanksgiving in your household.
After listing five facts from the "first Thanksgiving" professor and reverend Randy Woodley details the common myths of the holiday before explaining that, although many indigenous people do not celebrate Thanksgiving, those that do should build upon the good parts of the Thanksgiving myth while exposing the lies.
Navajo author Mark Charles says that Thanksgiving is built on a "mythological potluck celebrated by Native Americans and Pilgrims back in the 'Good ole Days.'" That myth is deeply hurtful to indigenous people. Does that mean we need to stop celebrating Thanksgiving? No, but we should recognize the wounds that are still open and not perpetuate the myths associated with Thanksgiving.
In easy to understand, straightforward language, Relevant Magazine's Tyler Huckabee details the incarnation of the war against critical race theory, the varying definitions and key tenets of CRT, and how Christians should respond.