Notes on a Hashtag: #IStandWithSGMVictims

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Friday, on the heels of the Nate Morales conviction and the confession to covering up child sexual abuse at Covenant Life Church by former pastor Grant Layman, I started a hashtag on Twitter.I've never started a hashtag with any real intention behind it, and I've generally been wary of "hashtag activism." But this story is so important to me. I have been closely involved in homeschool-movement and neo-Calvinist churches with abusive cultures, and I'm passionate about shining light on that … [Read more...]

Some Questions for Organizations Close to the SGM Case

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The Gospel Coalition Connection to SGM Victim Advocacy

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Brad Sargent: My “Slate of Eight” Restitution Suggestions for SGM & CLC

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This is a guest post from an expert in the area of responding to abuse/unhealth within organizations/institutions, Brad Sargent. As the #IStandWithSGMVictims tag trended on Twitter yesterday in the wake of the Nate Morales conviction, Brad offered needed, concrete insights. He expands on those insights in this post.In the Morales trial, witness Grant Layman (former pastor of CLC) was questioned under oath and stated the following, according to the on-the-scene account of Brent … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Abby Norman

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I don’t want to be your white savior.When I tell you about the schools I used to teach at, the ones that burn in my heart, the ones I cannot stop thinking about on my slow drive up to my current suburban classroom, it is not so you can be impressed with me and what I used to do. It is not so you can say how hip and with it I am. I am not some sainted super-hero. I am just a girl with a teaching degree trying to pay off her student loans.I don’t want to be your white savior.I don’t wan … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber & the Superficial American Religion

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Justin Bieber appears at the end of this Christian rap video and talks about God and "grace." What he says is not terrible in itself - nor is it surprising. But, combined with the content of the song, it's indicative of the superficial American religion, entangled in celebrity values and perpetuating theocratic nationalist myths:Assumed in a project like this is a superficial solution of "good life" Christianity - that if one simply "pledges allegiance to God", then America will stop b … [Read more...]

Comment Policy

Some folks have asked about a comment policy. Let's keep it simple:1. Don't be a jerk. This ought to be self-explanatory, but there is a point at which conversation, even energetic conversation or expressing strong disagreements, crosses into just plain being a jerk. Don't go there, k? Be respectful, even if you disagree with me or another commenter. And if you are a jerk, you'll get a warning and/or a block.2. Don't have an agenda. Internet comments suffer from a terrible malady of … [Read more...]

Rooted: God Has Hands [Jim Kast-Keat]

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Hands It was an especially windy day in Jerusalem.The followers of Jesus had gathered together, unsure of their next step in living into this “age to come” that their recently departed leader had told them was at hand. And then, filled with the breath of God, they are inspired (which literally means “with breath”) to live as the people of God in a radically new way.They feed the hungry, care for the poor, and attend to any among them who has need. They see the world around them and inste … [Read more...]

Rooted: Sacrament to the World [Nick Coates]

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There’s a few every Sunday morning. Usually, when I look out at the congregation everything looks a little blurry, but a few faces typically stand. And while I’d love for these to be the faces of those with rapt attention, nodding along, grunting their primordial ‘amen’s!,’ these are the faces belonging to the people who have never been to a liturgical worship service before, and clearly have no idea what’s going on.You can tell by the combined look of confusion and wonder. Its probably not u … [Read more...]

Rooted: The Apophatic City [Daniel Karistai]

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From time to time I enjoy playing “tourist” in my city, New Orleans.And given that we receive several million tourists every year that’s not a difficult thing to do. If I’m with my wife we will usually find something new to do, but when I’m alone I have a little bit of a ritual. I’ll hit one of my favorite coffee shops behind the cathedral on Royal Street. It’s really quite a place. You walk down a little bit of an alley and you enter into this European style courtyard. Even though you are in … [Read more...]


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