What explains the continuing strong support by evangelical Christians for a president whose actions are the antithesis of following Jesus? Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez answers that question in her new book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.
I cannot remember a time when I did not have a book or two on the go. My childhood was spent at the public library, reading under a tree, or staying up late into the night with a book. But in this time of social distancing and upheaval, my ability to focus has waned and I’ve read far less than usual.
I had the opportunity to see Keesmaat and Walsh speak on their latest joint effort, Romans Disarmed, last fall. The medium-sized lecture hall at Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener was packed, with nearly 100 people in attendance. Every seat was full. People were sitting in the aisle, standing against the walls, in the gymnasium…
In this sweet, gentle children’s picture book, Inuit writer and educator Nadia Sammurtok has realized her passion to preserve “the traditional Inuit lifestyle and Inuktitut language so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.”
In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo, a white anti-racism educator, describes the defensive moves that white people make when their ideas about race and racism are challenged. She terms these defensive moves “white fragility” – reactions characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviours such as argumentation and silence. She argues that our largely segregated society makes these reactions possible, as it’s set up to insulate white people from racial discomfort.
In the midst of both a global pandemic and nationwide protests against anti-black racism, President Donald Trump had peaceful protestors forcefully removed from Lafayette Square by an unidentified military force so that he could walk across the street for a photo-op in front of historic St. John’s Episcopalian Church. He wanted to pose holding a Bible. The outrage expressed by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde was echoed through much of the Christian community.
“I love Zoom coffee,” announced a friend with a tone of surprise. “Last Sunday we were in random chat rooms for ‘coffee’ after the church service. I met some wonderful people that I’ve never talked to before, though we’ve been part of the same church for fifteen years. I always had people in my own circle to catch up with after church. Now because of the pandemic lockdown I’m experiencing a bigger church.”
Written in English and Anishinaabemowin, this historically-based children’s picture book portrays what life was like for one child and his community in Duck Bay, Manitoba. Elder Norman Chartrand of the Saulteaux-Metis Anishinaabek nation relates how, when he was a child in the 1940s, he and his family left their home on a two-day journey by wagon to Duck Mountain. There they gathered with many others from surrounding communities to spend a month picking blueberries.
Anne With An E is a coming-of-age story about an orphan and outsider who overcomes many difficulties to find friendship, love and family in the town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. The three-season series is set in the late 1890’s and centers on a young Anne who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with the aging Cuthbert siblings, Marilla and Matthew.
This small book can be read in one sitting but will take a long time to digest. Adam Neder’s Theology as a Way of Life is neither an introduction to theology nor to pedagogy (although it contains helpful elements of both). It’s a personal meditation by a professor who has long struggled with what it means to teach Christianity in a manner consistent with its centre: Jesus Christ.
Does this sound familiar to ears tuned to Abraham Kuyper? “There is not one ‘square inch’ in the entire public square where Christ’s model of hospitality does not have relevance and normativity.” Kaemingk tweaks Kuyper’s slogan: he acknowledges the crown of Christ and the political justice Christ demands, but insists that the cross of Christ puts the hospitality of God for humankind as the primary frame for the Christian’s activity in the public square.
I’ve always had a soft spot for immersive fantasy and weird science fiction and anything that smacks of magical realism. And during this pandemic moment, I am taking a deep dive into a couple master writers in speculative fiction that I have never read before: N.K. Jemisin and Ursula Le Guin. I devoured N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy.