Weekly Wrap 3.21.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

By the Web Editors 3-21-2014

1. 'Frozen,' Evangelical Purity Culture, and What It's Like Being a Girl
The narrative of purity culture — not unlike the narrative of many, many Disney princesses — implicitly and sometimes explicitly promises that passive virtue will exert a sort of magnetic pull on worthy young men, who will come flocking to her father for permission to ‘court’ her."

2. Urban Church Planting Plantations
Christena Cleveland examines the trend of white suburban church planters flocking into urban centers to "save the city," disregarding the indigenous religious leaders already working. A helpful reminder.

3. WATCH: ReMoved
This is why fostering is so important: "It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope." - Santa Barbara Independent
Watch the full short film.

4. A God With Teeth
Esther Emery writes for A Deeper Story about the transforming power of nature, and a God who is bigger than it all. "I never had a pastor say, 'It says it right here, on page three. We were charged to steward the earth. Now get to stewarding.' I did it anyway."

5. 7 Deadly Sins: A Lenten Series
We all know the seven deadly sins. From pride to sloth and envy, our daily sins sometimes go unnoticed. Join Sojouners as we dig into how the deadly sins still root themselves in our lives today. And while you're at it, you might as well listen to the 7Deadly playlist curated by our own associate web editor, Catherine Woodiwiss.

6 . Patriarchy and Abusive Churches
Rachel Held Evans highlights the Bill Gothard abuse allegations to talk about sexual abuse in the church: "My evangelical brothers and sisters, we have an abuse problem and we need to talk about it."

7. Generational Poverty: Understanding a Different Culture
"The church that wants to reach its neighbors with the message of the gospel and see the community thrive must understand its neighbors’ culture. Offering middle-class solutions to generational poverty problems can be extraordinarily helpful, but without knowing, loving, and appreciating the venerable aspects of the generational poverty culture, those solutions will not be embraced and will fail to generate lasting change."

8. Ukraine, Russia, Crimea: How the Story Evolved
With new news coming out of Crimea by the day, USA Today provides a helpful breakdown of the crisis.

9. American Jesus Madness
Who needs March Madness when you can vote in a bracket that includes Rachel Held Evans v. Every Calvinist Dude on the Internet? They're down to the final four, and it's between A God Article's (and Sojourners') Mark Sandlin v. Nadia Bolz-Weber's Tattoos and Willem Defoe (in The Last Temptation of Christ) v. Greg Boyd. Cast your vote!

10. WATCH: Elementary School Choir's Cover of Pharrell's 'Happy' Will Make Your Whole Week Better
Because you need a little happy to kick off your weekend.

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