Saturday Link Love: Urban Plantations, Power Walking, and Cannon Fodder

Saturday Link Love: Urban Plantations, Power Walking, and Cannon Fodder September 29, 2018

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

This Is Why Evangelicals Don’t Believe in Sexual Assault, by Dianna Anderson—“While infuriating, Graham’s comments and Kavanaugh’s virginity defense are well in line with the past 60 years of white American Evangelical theological tradition, where sexual ethics are a matter of ‘lawfully wedded,’ rather than a freely given yes or no.”

Urban Church Planting Plantations, on Christina Cleveland—“If you are preparing to do [urban ministry] and you’ve never had a non-white mentor, you are not an [urban minister], you are a colonialist.”

Want to Know the Future of “Trumpvangelicals” in America? Look at Their Colleges, on Playboy—“When it comes to what passes for an evangelical ‘liberal arts’ school (their promotion of the kind of critical thinking associated with a robust liberal arts education is uneven at best), administrators must cater to the wishes of parents and donors in order to keep their schools from going under. These wishes run counter to those of at least some of the students.”

Being Cannon Fodder in the War on Women, on Samantha P. Field—“The second I picked up my phone and saw the headline from the New York Times in my notifications, I felt myself instantly brace. My stomach became a bottomless, yawning pit and every muscle in my body tensed. I closed my eyes and felt my soul begin to prepare for the coming barrage.”

Power Walking, on Literary Hub—“Nobody tells young girls that men own the power of the gaze. My mother never told me that men may look at me but I may not look back. That if we do our look can be taken as an invitation. Men teach us that. Over the years we train our gaze to skim men’s faces, resting for only a split second, shifting fractionally sideways if our eyes happen to meet. The man on the other hand, if he so wishes, will look at your face, your breasts, your legs, your ass.”

The New Hip Churches are Fooling Google. They Pop Up as “Gay-friendly” — it’s a Hoax, on Medium—“In our town, a Google search for ‘gay-friendly church’ proves dangerously misleading. Most of the churches that pop up on page 1 will have (cleverly hidden) policies that discriminate against LGBTQ+ people (no weddings, no clergy). These churches consider themselves ‘friendly to gay people’ — but they mean, ‘We’re happy to have you so long as you live celibate or marry someone you’re not attracted to.'”

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