Every Sunday, we’ll be posting articles and links that are saying something important about church, culture, and mission. Here’s what resonated with us this week on the web:
Church & Theology
Krish Kandiah writes at Christian Today about 5 world changing ideas for the church from around the globe:
When 1,200 Christian leaders from 158 countries gather in an isolated resort in Mexico for a week, the whole event becomes a massive discussion about mission in the 21st century. It's an exciting experience. There were opportunities for conversation everywhere – queuing up for breakfast could mean meeting a Ghanaian entrepreneur with a vision to transform his nation's recreation industry.
The FactTank Blog at Pew releases a graph showing the racial diversity of major religious groups:
The nation’s population is growing more racially and ethnically diverse – and so are many of its religious groups, both at the congregational level and among broader Christian traditions. But a new analysis of data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study also finds that these levels of diversity vary widely within U.S. religious groups.
The V3 Movement blog introduces us to Praxis presenter Tim Soerens:
One such presenter is Tim Soerens, with whom you’ll get to spend time at Praxis Gathering 2015. Tim is a co-founding director of the Parish Collective, “a growing collective of churches, missional communities, and faith-based groups which are rooted in neighborhoods and linked across cities for Parish renewal” (Facebook). He offers his extensive experience in bringing together ministry leaders to address missional collaboration at the grassroots, neighborhood level.
News & Views
Pastor Daniel Hill writes a post called, simply, "dear white people":
If we see a white person who is the victim of senseless violence, we feel compassion for them (as we should). But we don’t see the recipient of that violence as an emblem of a system that targets white people because of the color of our skins – that thought would never even cross our mind.
Karen Swallow Prior writes at The Washington Post about the correlations between the Planned Parenthood and Cecil the lion stories:
While elective abortion and trophy hunting are different issues surrounded by different ethical and political questions, both news stories offer — regardless of one’s views on either issue — an opportunity to consider the moral responsibility that comes with knowledge — and the moral responsibility that comes with willful ignorance.
Nate Pyle writes about the shift in social media towards the social pressure of outrage:
The social pressure to make a statement, decision, or stand is a form of mob coercion. I believe that under such pressure, people react instead of reflect. Reactions are rarely well developed, or well delivered for that matter, and tend to be shallow. Nuance is replaced with cliche. Talking points trump dialogue. As the volume rises in the back and forth of talking points, social pressure continues to boil. The consequence is not a more informed populace, but a public square filled with people who haven’t adequately thought through an issue, are more deeply entrenched in their ideology, and when called upon to talk about an issue have only buzzwords, platitudes, and shibboleth.
On The Missio Blog
Beyond Black And White: Dr. John Perkins, The Ecclesia, And Reconciliation, by Ruthie Johnson
Hellfire In Heels Or Daughters Of The Resurrection?, by Tara Beth Leach
Jesus Was Not A “Giver” – He Was Much, Much More, by Nijay Gupta