Reading (and listening) Round Up

From time to time I like to look back and see what I’ve been reading and what has been challenging my thinking and my prayer life.

This week was the release of The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby. This is a good book to begin to understand just how complicit the white church has been through American history in regards to racism. Tisby doesn’t leave it with history. He proposes some ways forward as well. It is a good read. He has a podcast as well, with Tyler Burns, called Pass the Mic. I listen because I am continually challenged.

Large segments of the American church have lost all moral authority to speak prophetically against racism because they continue to practice it. — Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise

Fleming Rutledge is someone I am just discovering as a writer and theologian and she is delivering some powerful thoughts into my life. I read her Advent book and am now making my way slowly through her book called The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. In just a few pages she leads me into deeper understanding of the ugliness of the cross and what God is saying in this action called crucifixion.

She also cuts to the heart of the matter when it comes to justice and injustice from a biblical perspective. We quite simply don’t always understand injustice because those suffer most from injustice are the poorly educated, the impoverished, and the invisible (p. 107). It is hard work to really get into what the crucifixion truly means for salvation in this world. This book will take up some time over the next many weeks!

I still don’t know Tish Harrison Warren that well, but her book on ordinary liturgy has been well received. In an interview I was reading, she spoke about becoming Anglican and what evangelicals who are becoming Anglican can do to better understand this tradition. They are helpful words for me as my wife and I move into the Anglican tradition. This interview is worth the read.

When I first began attending an Anglican church, there were things I didn’t completely get or resonate with, like making the sign of the cross. I didn’t have a theological problem or any crisis of conscience about these parts of the liturgy; I just didn’t totally understand them, but I simply began to do them anyway, and I’m now very glad I did. Pick 2-3 new liturgical practices and practice them. (Tish Harrison Warren)

David Brooks is my favorite columnist to read and I try not to miss them each week. “Your Loyalties are Your Life” is one of his latest and is a good challenge in thinking through what motivates my life.

“The loyal man serves. That is, he does not merely follow his own impulses. He looks to his cause for guidance. This cause tells him what to do” (Brooks quoting the philosopher Josiah Royce)

Finally, there is this episode of the Holy Post podcast where Skye Jethani interviews the head of World Relief to discuss immigration. (This happens in the second half of the podcast. The first half is a “shoot around” with Phil Vischer, Christian Taylor, and Skye Jethani about all kinds of things.) We all have our opinions and depending on your opinion, you either definitely will or definitely won’t listen to this podcast. My long standing prayer is somehow we come out of our echo chambers and just listen to other ideas and actual FACTS about immigration. It is a solid walk through of the latest history on legislation concerning immigration.

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