Opinion – Faithfully Magazine http://faithfullymagazine.com News, Culture and Christianity...for the Times Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 90795463 ‘Church Too,’ Scapegoats and Cleaning House http://faithfullymagazine.com/churchtoo-scapegoats-cleaning-house/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 02:33:22 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52854 William Holman Hunt Scapegoat Painting

The recent #ChurchToo hashtag is a clear sign that the church has failed to protect those who have been sexually abused within its walls. Too often, victims of abuse become scapegoats so that the reputation of the church and its leaders carry on unscathed.

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Protecting Victims of Sexual Abuse in Evangelical Churches http://faithfullymagazine.com/sexual-abuse-evangelical-church/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:48:08 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52728

Sexual abuse is a growing Protestant problem, as institutional assumptions and procedures tend to protect predators and harm victims.

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Using Joseph and Mary to Defend an Alleged Pedophile Is Problematic—and Repulsive http://faithfullymagazine.com/using-joseph-mary-defend-pedophile-problematic/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:06:29 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52672 Jesus art

As most Christians would know, an important tenet of Christian theology is that Jesus was born of a virgin mother.

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America’s New God http://faithfullymagazine.com/americas-new-god-america/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:36:55 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52251 church flag America

The time has come for Americans to acknowledge that many of us have fallen into idolatry and worship at the altar Nationalism.

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Turning Away From the Spectacle of Donald Trump Isn’t an Option http://faithfullymagazine.com/disgusted-donald-trump-turning-spectacle/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:13:28 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52310 Clown Spectacle Trump

Ron Pruesson considers his own frustrations of nine months of the Trump presidency and speculates about what to do with them.

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Biracial Woman and Former Evangelical Says Trump’s Racism All Too Familiar http://faithfullymagazine.com/biracial-woman-former-evangelical-trumps-racism/ Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:59:08 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52297 Donald Trump

A former worship leader describes her experiences with racism at church and how reactions to the presidency of Barack Obama, among other things, pushed her away.

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Double Standards: ‘Why Aren’t We All With Somalia’ After Deadly Blast? http://faithfullymagazine.com/double-standards-arent-somalia-deadly-blast/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:10:10 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52171 Mogadishu, Somalia

Almost 300 people were killed when a bomb blast ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, but there has been little reaction in the U.S.

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John Piper’s Response to Lecrae Shows White Evangelicals Have More Work to Do http://faithfullymagazine.com/piper-lecrae-white-evangelicalism/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:14:59 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=52103 John Piper and Lecrae

In a recent interview with the podcast "Truth’s Table," Lecrae signaled what he called a "divorce from White Evangelicalism." John Piper responded that he is thankful for Lecrae’s resilient faith as fruit from that rift.

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American Dream Eludes Many Urban Youth of Color and They Think It’s Their Fault http://faithfullymagazine.com/american-dream-eludes-many-urban-youth-color/ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:04:56 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=51878 youth girl teen

Despite evidence showing an acute lack of opportunity for many young people of color, many accept that their fates rise and fall based on their own effort and self-determination.

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What Kirk Cameron Misses in Claim About Disasters and God’s Retribution http://faithfullymagazine.com/kirk-cameron-misses-disasters-gods-retribution/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:17:34 +0000 http://faithfullymagazine.com/?p=51644 disasters

It is true that many religious traditions, including Judaism and Christianity, have seen natural disasters as divine punishment. But, as a scholar of religion, I would argue that things aren’t that simple.

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