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Intelligent People Blogging Intelligently This Week

TDKR + Ramona Flowers

Here are some posts that made me think this week, take and read!:

Martin Luther King Jr. On Human Solidarity and an Inescapable Network of Mutuality and the Dangers of Uninterrogated Whiteness by Cynthia R. Nielsen

Mark Driscoll Versus Everyone: Stifling Monstrosity by Toy Adams

Concerns With Women In Combat by Brian LePort

Moltmann’s Theological Genealogy and Use of Jewish Thought by Kevin

I Don’t Want To Be Just As I Am by Amanda Mac (I think she meant this post for Baptist, since we can play “Just As I Am” 50 times after the sermon and expect someone to come to the altar automatically)

Dr. King and Catholic Social Teaching by Robert Christian

Scriptural Reasoning: Reflection on a night of Interfaith Dialogue by Krista Dalton

Transformers: Immigrants In Disguise? by James Daily

The Cornel West We Forgot When We Met President Obama by Billy Honor

Intelligent People Blogging Intelligently This Week

Sho Baraka’s “Jim Crow”

On The Rage Of Notre Dame Women by Elizabeth of Women In Theology *NO SPOILERS or QUOTES* I will say this is a must read, and reflects the best of what liberating pedagogy has to offer. Plus, the oppressive events described at the end of the post, I can definitely say, as I tweeted, mortified me. TRIGGER WARNING FOR HAZING AND HARASSMENT

Tools For Talking about Privilege by Christena Cleveland: “Privilege is a difficult topic to work through! I’m often asked for interactive activities and approaches that help facilitate conversations on racial/class/gender privilege with young adults and adults. Here are some that I’ve found to be helpful”

Emergence Christianity, Women, and the Fall of Christendom by Julia Clawson: “The truth is, not all Christian families had the luxury of living such a white middle-class, middle-America lifestyle. Even ignoring the patterns of faith outside the Western world, it is only a small demographic of people who ever had a mother at home teaching the children the church year as she cooked their supper. To hold such up as a goal for contemporary Christians to return to privileges white, middle-class, liturgical faith as the only true or acceptable way to be a faithful Christian”

The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity Innocence in the Age of White Male Mass Shootings: by David J. Leonard: “The “it’s suppose to happen” in inner-city communities reframe is not surprising. Places like Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown exist because of the fear-industrial complex. The white middle-class flocked from cities into the suburbs and rural communities partially due to fear of black and Latino youth, integrated schools, and urban crime. The continuously deployed the narrative of “it’s not suppose to happen in Newtown” and their neighborhoods mirroring “American family’s dream” embodies this entrenched belief.”

The NRA’s Dangerous Theology by Jim Wallis

“Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said this as his response to the massacre of children at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Conn.: “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

That statement is at the heart of the problem of gun violence in America today — not just because it is factually flawed, which of course it is, but also because it is morally mistaken, theologically dangerous, and religiously repugnant.

The world is not full of good and bad people; that is not what our scriptures teach us. We are, as human beings, both good and bad. This is not only true of humanity as a whole, but we as individuals have both good and bad in us.”

The Present State Of Christian Social Ethics by James McCarty III: ““To make plowshares out of swords” – this, it seems to me, is the heart of Christian social ethics, and it is a goal worth pursuing. The temptation to turn swords into Christian (?) swords or to leave the swords to do their violent work, rather than to transform swords into plowshares, is everpresent in Christian ethics”

Sports, Revivalism, and A Christianity without DORKS

“And the cheerleaders and jocks shall inherit the Earth…..”-Jesus at A Church Near You?

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. Honestly, I could not bring myself to posting anything, that’s how saddened I was over the whole state of affairs with Trayvon Martin #Love4Trayvon. I know I am going to be late to the party, as usual, infamously, but today I just wanted to think about White America’s take on Revival in general. Whenever I hear some emotionally charged town-crier from the Evangelical wilderness, talking about revival fire this, revival fire that, I always get leery and cynical. Just under who’s terms are we going to have this so called revival, I mean if it’s not too late for the Rapture to come get us #SNARK.

I am a fan of Tim Tebow; I rooted for him in the Playoffs, no way in heck would I root for the Broncos given my bad history with them, but I rooted for Tebow, he’s a great role model, but he is not the first white evangelical Christian to play professional football. Mike Singletary, an African American, was a Super Bowl winning, star middle-linebacker for the Bear, and he was a Bible believing Christian. Did he get any publicity for his faith? Does the media just expect your run of the mill Black athlete to affirm a belief in a higher power?

Tim Tebow, a player on the Denver Broncos Amer...

My favorite athlete growing up was the Reverend Reggie White, former Eagles’, Packers’, and Panthers’ Defensive linemen, and the greatest sack machine ever. Ever. He was a Christian, known for being outspoken for his faith, how come churches never talked about him leading a revival? Is revival an inherently cultural concept, where one culture determines over the other how the churches are going to be “revived” aka make more money and fill more seats? I believe it is. It’s great that all of these Christian athletes are having success, and being persecuted for what they believe (it’s to be expected), but I think this faint hope of athletes leading a “revival” should come with some caution. What would make the culture of THE CHURCH that much different than a high school? All the jocks in charge, all of the geeks and dorks, well silenced and marginalized? It’s not as if Christianity in the USA is as anti-intellectual as it already is!?!?

I’m sick of seminaries and denominations talking down to lay people, acting like they are not smart enough to handle the latest debate. It’s preposterous and an unspoken thing that just goes on. As if throughout the church’s history, great thinkers had not relationship to the church. You know on Palm Sunday, I had a conversation with one of my friends at church, she is in her 90’s I believe, and she has been theologically educated; her daughters have even been theologically educated in an Ivy League school. Sadly, she’s the one person I have been able to talk to at church to articulate what I want to do scholarship-wise. But I think that is relationships and opportunities that churches miss out on, when they dismiss the dorks and geeks in their pews, in favor the jocks and the rich. Jocks and geeks don’t have to be against each other; far from it. If THE CHURCH is about fellowship and love for the Other, Christ has reconciled even these trivial rivalries so that the BODY of Christ can exist in wholeness, geeky head and jock hands!

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