Weekly Wrap 7.5.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 7.5.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. The Miracle of Migration

While the crisis at the border demands our attention and action, migration should not only be depicted as traumatic or explosive. How can people migrating be viewed as beautiful, or even, as the Milagros exhibit proposes, a miracle?

2. Evangelical Group Hoped to Shut Down Debate on Gays. That May Not Be Possible

In voting to expel a Minneapolis congregation and two pastors from its ranks at its annual meeting last week, the Evangelical Covenant Church attempted to close off debate about LGBTQ inclusion.

3. The Importance of a Thriving Black Church

Because of this immense history, power, and influence despite generations of ill treatment and racism, black churches need to thrive, continuing to speak truth to power and serve black communities beyond the sanctuary.

4. Hillbillies Need No Elegy

In the new book Appalachian Reckoning, dozens of mountain voices combine to talk back to J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy arguments.

5. James Dobson's Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Dangerous

As a student of the history of biblical interpretation, the rhetoric employed by Dobson and other evangelical leaders is frighteningly similar to that of German pastors and theologians in the Third Reich. It appears that Christians have either forgotten or are ignoring the dark history of Christianity’s marriage to partisan politics and nationalist agendas.

6. The President Hates My Girlfriend

“The Megan you’re seeing now? It’s the stronger version of the one who knelt in the first place.” Warning: this article contains graphic language.

7. A Theology for July 4

It didn’t start well — this American nation conceived in America’s original sin of racial dehumanization of Indigenous land theft and the slavery of Africans. Yet, many of the ideals that the nation’s founders aspired to still hold the potential to build a future nation much better than the one we began with. And that has been the struggle ever since.

8. Alabamians Defend Arrest of Woman Whose Fetus Died in Shooting

The indictment of a woman in the shooting death of her fetus has sparked outrage across the country. But in Alabama, many people consider it just.

9. Why 'Compassionate Conservatism' Failed

Books like When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, and Toxic Charity and its follow-up Charity Detox by Robert Lupton, exemplify the way that Christians on both the right and left would come to absorb the ideological imperatives of welfare reform.

10. Points of Entry: Writers on the Border

Writers reflect on the current crisis surrounding the treatment of immigrants, asylum seekers, and those living in the United States without documentation.

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