Appreciate @pmatzko's analysis of the "neo-fundamentalist view of America" re: racial justice. Indeed, the extent to which even avowed "apolitical" evangelical leaders go out of their way to defend the sanctity of America and its history is ... notable. s/1398744012836769793?s=20
But there is no way forward without a sober recognition of the complexity of American history and American church history — their virtues and vices, faithfulness and failures, what Mark Noll calls its mind-boggling "co-mingling of contradictions, antinomies, and paradoxes."
In light of this, I appreciated the perspective shared by @DavidAFrench this morning: "Remembering our nation’s virtues helps give us hope. Remembering our sin gives us humility. Remembering both gives us the motivation and the inspiration necessary to repair our land."
Those words echo ours: "The church's past faithfulness fuels us with hope concerning the possibility of the church in its work of repair. And the church's past failures fuel us with repentance concerning the culpability of the church and demand that we engage the work of repair."
But embracing complexity requires a kind of moral courage, doesn't it? Especially in our present cultural moment.

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1 Jun
The response of local White clergymen to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre:
Rev. C. W. Kerr, First Presbyterian Church: Image
Rev. Harold Cooke, Centenary Methodist Church Image
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24 May
8 lessons about the Unity of the Spirit from Ephesians 4:1-16:

1. Unity is a Christian priority. It is an essential expression of our call to Christ (v. 1). Christ himself prioritized our oneness in his prayers (Jn 17:11). Unity is not optional for followers of Christ.
2. Unity is a human impossibility. It is "of the Spirit" (v. 3)—supernaturally produced and given by the Holy Spirit. As such it is not based on natural affinity—common interests, culture, politics, personality. The church is an assembly of recovering "natural enemies" (Carson).
3. Unity is a mark of maturity. As the body is built up in unity of faith, the church becomes "mature" (v. 13), "no longer children" (v. 14). A splintered and divided church is an immature church. It is also a vulnerable church, subject to false teaching and deception (v. 14).
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26 Jan
1/ I agree with @SeanMLucas (albeit as a not-historian) that this is among the most important contributions of @kkdumez's book. ImageImage
2/ One of evangelicalism's most "significant cultural blind-spots" is found in its refusal to see itself as a culture, its stubborn insistence that it just *is* its theological commitments, unmediated and distinct from any institutional, cultural, or political embodiments.
3/ This self-understanding continually allows (and historically has allowed) evangelicals to distance themselves from the social malignancies of the movement. Those are always aberrations—"not us." Alas, there is no "us" except that which identifies with a disembodied confession.
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26 Nov 20
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
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18 Nov 20
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
3/ "How serious of a threat do you think [Racism—unequal treatment of Whites and Blacks] poses to America and America’s future?"


85% African Americans
68% White Non-Evangelicals
36% White Evangelicals
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18 Sep 20
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).
3. According to our Christian forebears, when guilty of slander, we must not only publicly confess our sin. We must also make amends for these public thefts of reputation. Alas, restitution is required for the sin of slander.
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