Perhaps this discussion is unfamiliar, but this pattern is well-worn and dangerous. If we are not tethered to the history of controversy, we start to long for a world that never existed.
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- July 27, 2020| |
How do we engage people with whom we have deep disagreements about important matters of religious convictions, political commitments, or moral lifestyles?
- July 24, 2020| |
In the days and weeks after these losses, he waited. He waited for his church to reach out. He waited to hear from the elders. He waited for his pastors to visit.
- July 21, 2020| |
Although some support programs are in place in the churches, we are called to reach out to the communities and develop initiatives that are available to everyone.
- July 17, 2020| |
The Confederate flag serves as a portal through which non-Southern white people can project their own guilt of racial bias onto the Southerner.
- July 17, 2020| |
We share the stories that don’t get heard or magnified anywhere else.
- July 13, 2020| |
No one should be surprised if they feel like their head is spinning at times; the disruption and disorientation is a real thing.
- July 10, 2020| |
As much as I try to be fair and irenic, there are times when the truth is divisive. Truth divides between true and false, right and wrong. And politics do intersect, at certain points, with ethics.
- June 26, 2020| |
The Banner has teamed up with the Center for Public Justice to release a series of articles online exploring the divisiveness of our times. This is the first in that six-part series.
- June 23, 2020| |
By justice, we do not merely mean equal treatment for all but also being intellectually just or fair to different viewpoints.
- June 19, 2020| |
A list of books and other media for grown ups and children by black authors, musicians, and filmmakers.
- June 16, 2020| |
It’s like a Jeopardy game show answer: “These are the three reasons oftentimes given as to why someone with a drinking problem cannot get sober.”
- June 14, 2020| |
A masterpiece is defined as the best work of an artist. So we are the best work of all that God created.
- June 12, 2020| |
My racism degrades bearers of God’s image, even while it distorts my own humanity. It is abhorrent in God’s eyes. And I am guilty of it.
- June 5, 2020| |
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- May 29, 2020| |
The fight, flight, or freeze reflex may kick in when people of conscience see or hear about the latest incident of Black death.
- May 29, 2020| |
The Banner is the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, but it is neither the CRC’s megaphone nor its independent critic.
- May 12, 2020| |
Is it possible for two people who hold different views on an issue to sit beside each other in church and be in unity?
- May 8, 2020| |
My husband and I moved to the U.S. 16 years ago.
- May 5, 2020| |
I have come to realize that Christians are unwittingly selective, and the outcome is a lopsided Christianity.
- May 1, 2020|
When we share our trauma, we connect with people on a deeper level.
- April 30, 2020| |
The deadliest rampage in Canadian history occurred this past April 18-19 in Nova Scotia. After a 13-hour shooting and arson spree, 22 victims were dead and three injured.
- April 27, 2020| |
Many courageous soldiers of the Canadian army lay their lives down so that the Dutch could be free again.
- April 24, 2020| |
Besides being in a constantly highly reactive and responsive mode as governmental directives change by the hour, we are also in constant triage mode.