What It Means to Burn Down a Black Church by Dawn Araujo-Hawkins
Attacks on black churches are unique among traumatic racial experiences because of the role such churches have traditionally played in black communities in America. After all, in the 19th century—when the first black churches emerged in the Jim Crow South—black theologies and black self-identities were nearly inseparable. Eschewing the white God who (so they’d been taught) had ordained and orchestrated their enslavement, black Americans sought to forge a church that better articulated what it meant to be both black and made in the image of God.
The Church Needs More Church History by Trevin Wax
In order to stand firm and flourish in the coming decades, Christians must cultivate the confidence that comes from knowing we are part of something much bigger than anything Hollywood could dream up. We belong to a people whose faithfulness and flaws stretch back to the times of the Bible and beyond.
We Were Parents by Nathanael Blake
Our child no longer lives on this earth, but we are Christians, and we believe in the hope of the resurrection. Christianity does not pretend to eliminate suffering in this life, but it does promise a renewed, eternal life. In this fallen world, we are conceived to die and born to suffer. But our God entered into this world to share its suffering, to redeem it, and to draw it to Himself.
When History Turns Anti-Christian by Bryan Litfin
Early Christianity spawned the rise of a medical-care movement that the world had never before seen. The modern institution of charitable hospitals—facilities that actively seek out and care for the indigent and marginalized, not just those who can pay—owes its existence to Christian ideals of love and mercy, concepts that were foreign to the mindset of pagans, who viewed sick outcasts as deserving their fate from the gods.