Gratitude isn’t easy. If it were, God wouldn’t need to command it, and we wouldn’t need the Holy Spirit to do it. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:18) 1/x
But gratitude is especially scarce in trying circumstances. The evidence pushes us in the opposite direction—toward grumbling, toward cynicism, toward despair. Giving thanks in a pandemic is hard. 2/x
Still, God invites us to practice thanksgiving for our own good. Gratitude is good for our hearts. (Our bodies, too.) It’s an invitation to remember the promises of God, to see our circumstances with new eyes, see evidence of a different kind—evidence of God’s love for you. 3/x
Of course, it takes faith to be thankful in the dark. To see what is as real as—indeed, more real than—the darkness, loss, and sorrow. To see the fingerprints of God all over your life—your precious, beloved life—and all over our world. To see light. To see God. 4/x
In this sense, thanksgiving is a spiritual practice, something we can and must, with God’s help, choose. Shifting our gaze outward. Turning our hearts upward. Thanksgiving is resistance. Against fatalism, cynicism, our own slouched hearts. Beloved, gratitude is a choice. 5/x
Will we choose gratitude this week? God has been good to us. Yes, he has. By faith, we can say so. Even in the dark. Even through the tears. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1) Beloved, what are you grateful for? 6/6

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1/ Some interesting data on race/religion from the 2020 IASC Survey of American Political Culture (…) —
2/ “Our founding fathers were part of a racist/sexist culture that gave important roles to White men while harming minorities/women.”


90% African Americans
59% White Non-Evangelicals
23% White Evangelicals
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1. One poisonous byproduct of the rising outcry against Critical Race Theory/Marxism is the false, malicious, public labeling of individuals and institutions as heterodox enemies of the church. Another word for this is Slander. It is a grave sin, and it must cease.
2. Slander is a violation of the 8th commandment (the theft of one's good name, "a much dearer possession" [Aquinas] than even physical property) and the 9th commandment (bearing false witness against neighbor).
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1. In the pursuit of public justice, one challenge we typically face is an imbalance of gifts/personalities that shape the public conversation and the crucial work of transformation.
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1. Galatians 3:23–4:7 as an instance of gender-inclusive translation unwittingly neutering the radically gender-inclusive nature of the gospel:
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2. They brought news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free—two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Today it remains as the most popular annual celebration of emancipation in the African American community.
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1. A few quick observations from Acts 6:1-7. Some leaders might have assessed the Hellenistic Jewish complaint as a problem of food, poverty, and unfortunate circumstances alone. "Let's not make everything about race."
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3. So, they installed a cultural-logistical-institutional solution: a new leadership role, endowed with institutional authority, filled by leaders representing and rooted in the overlooked minority group (v. 5), tasked with filling the practical need.
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