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1-18-2019

We are asking every one of you, our readers and partners and allies to pray — in your daily lives and in your churches. 

the Web Editors 1-17-2019
  1. I’ve Talked to With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don’t Know

“They struggle in the absence of information.”

  1. The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class

With Brexit, the chumocrats who drew borders from India to Ireland are getting a taste of their own medicine.

    1-16-2019

    The Black Church Food Security Network connects black farmers with black churches to help combat the issues of food insecurity in our nation today.

    1-16-2019

    Donald Trump’s wall is obviously a terrible idea: It’s both impractical and ineffective — and more importantly, it’s immoral. 

    1-16-2019

    The Muslims are a punk band using their music to protest Islamophobia, misogyny, and racism.

    Stephen Mattson 1-16-2019

    Photo by Bogdan Yukhymchuk on Unsplash

    God's justice is divine, meant to benefit everyone created in God's divine image. It’s not dictated by man-made laws, branches of government, political parties, lobbyists, or authoritarian officials. It's not biased towards the wealthy or powerful, and cannot be bought by high-priced lawyers. It's not fueled by populist opinions or partisan rage, and isn’t facilitated through broken systems and institutions. Instead, God’s justice is holy and unblemished, eternally seeking to free the enslaved, empower the downtrodden, and bring judgement upon the oppressors.

    1-16-2019

    Erly and Alvin walked over 2,000 miles with their two young children to seek asylum in the U.S. from dire conditions in Honduras. In the midst of their long journey, Erly gave birth to their third child. This is their story.

    Jim Wallis 1-16-2019

    The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a snow pile in Washington, D.C. Jan. 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    The longest government shutdown in U.S. history reveals the brokenness of our systems, the danger of a strong man exploiting that brokenness instead of trying to fix it, and the suffering of countless people, always beginning with the most vulnerable. It also painfully shows Washington’s current habit of blaming instead of solving problems, which has left our politics both polarized and paralyzed.

    One of the prototypes of a border wall in Otay County, U.S., photographed through the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 3, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

    Leaders want to spend billions, not to help people living in desperation, but on the wall. We must ask ourselves, and our elected leaders, what are the true costs when we allow ourselves to be consumed by fear? Are we willing to put the wall ahead of the God of mercy who came to us as a child fleeing violence? Thousands of God’s children remain in the squalor of tent cities in Tijuana and detention centers, unwelcome in Mexico and the United States. Some are returning to violence at home having lost any hope for asylum they are legally entitled to request.

    Tylor Standley 1-15-2019

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    In Redeeming Capitalism, Kenneth J. Barnes argues that the moral failures of our economy are evidence of moral decay in our social institutions. The greed and excess of Wall Street and the vast income inequality between the very wealthy and everyone else demonstrate that the moral fabric of our society is in tatters. What we need, Barnes believes, is a lesson in virtue. Barnes, I think, would like to replace Falwell Jr.’s ethic with a truly Christian one. If we want a virtuous capitalism, he argues, we need virtuous people.

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