Notes from the Margins: The New Radicals are Already Here

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.Being a radical Christian has its perks. The word (if not entirely the concept) sells books, DVDs, conference tickets, and lends a patina of spirituality to all those who claim it. Identifying with this word (or its cousins subversive and/or counter-cultural) has thrust more than a few teachers and authors into the limelight. As Matthew Lee Anderson chronicled … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: What We Talk About When We Talk About Abuse in the Church

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.A popular blogger wrote about a recent scandal. There was a church; there was a school; there are allegations of past sexual abuse of minors that were dealt with in unsatisfactory ways. There are active lawsuits, and the church organization actively seeking to dismiss them based on first amednment rights. It should be a surprising story, but it isn't.Tim … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: Swords into Plowshares, AK-47s into Shovels

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture. There are a few books and movies that have played major roles in my spiritual formation. The book of 1 John. Missionary biographies. Mere Christianity. You get the picture. But one of the stranger ones was a cheaply made documentary that my new husband picked up at a punk rock show. I can still recall the first time I watched it, my memory c … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: Because of Christ, It Gets Better

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.In a study published last Wednesday, the effects both of being bullied or being a bully were found to last well into adulthood (including, but not limited to, a severe increase of anxiety disorder, depression, suicide, and panic attacks). According to the New York Times, “bullying is not a harmless rite of passage, but inflicts lasting psychiatric damage on a … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: White People Problems

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.Several years ago, I watched the film The Last King of Scotland without really knowing what I was getting into. All I cared was that it had James McAvoy in it. So I was rather unprepared when it turned out to be a drama filled with the horror of Idi Amin’s reign of terror and death in Uganda. I was shocked by what I saw in the film—but not perhaps in the way … [Read more...]

Before You Buy Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate, Read This

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 Oh, Valentine's day. Riddled with expectations, horrible satin bows, and lots and lots of chocolate (58 million pounds sold each Valentine's week in the U.S. alone). But there is another, somewhat hidden story lurking underneath. Of the chocolate that we purchase for those near and dear to us this week, there is almost certainly a child slave laborer involved in producing it.I'm sorry to stomp on your "holiday", but it still needs to be said: stories on abuse in various food … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform and the Christian Welcome Wagon

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For those of us with the luxury of not noticing, immigration reform is back on the political scene, and in a big way. President Obama recently made statements about his own plan, and last week, the Senate revealed an outline for proposed immigration reform that is drawing fire from both sides of the political spectrum. In a nutshell, both the president and the Senate agree on creating paths to citizenship for the current 11 million individuals living in America illegally, while focusing on … [Read more...]

Notes from the Margins: Hushpuppy, Stereotypes, and the Kingdom of God

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Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.When I watched Beasts of the Southern Wild a few weeks ago, I was completely unprepared for the visual and emotional impact the film would have on me. The lights, shaky camera, grainy and gritty footage—the exuberance, the celebration, the grief, the quiet terror lurking underneath all that water. I was sucked into the story, my heart tied to the fate of that … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, I really, really need an iPad.

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The Stranger recently posted an article detailing a recent marketing strategy Mark Driscoll implemented to boost reviews of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ. Allegedly, Driscoll was spurred on by a less-than-positive review of the book by Stephanie Drury (from Stuff Christian Cultures Like). On Driscoll's Web site this week, he announced they are giving away prizes like an iPad Mini every day in exchange for a review of the book on Amazon.Legality … [Read more...]

MLK Day: The Dream is Not A Reality

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 While we celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr, the church in the US remains horribly divided. A couple of years ago, I took a road trip across the country with my best friend. We took our sweet time, rolled the windows down, and let our hair whip into tangles. We wandered off the beaten path a few times: the largest catholic church in Kansas, the Precious Moments museum in Missouri. When we were in Memphis, we just happened to remember that this was the place where Dr. Martin … [Read more...]


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