Woe to those who make unjust laws

Sharon Church, Social Justice 61 Comments

A couple years ago Ike and I lived in an apartment complex inhabited by mostly white families on the North Shore of Chicagoland. One summer we planned to go out of town for a couple weeks, so we needed someone to check our mail. We called some former neighbors of ours who still lived nearby, and asked if their oldest …

Racism, the Church, and the Power of Listening

Sharon Love, Social Justice 1 Comment

Well it’s 7am and I’m sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting to board a plane. My mind is brimming with all the insights and challenges from the past few days at the SBL Conference. God taught me a lot! One of the best sessions that I attended was on the topic of Womanist Theology. For those of you who …

Missional Tunnel Vision

Sharon Evangelism, Family, Social Justice, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

This month I’ve been wrapping up my summer schoolwork with an independent study of feminist theology, and I have really loved it! My research has been educational, thought-provoking, and personally challenging, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. As I have explored the history of feminism and its relationship to Christian theology, I’ve noticed a significant historical …

Out of the Heart

Sharon Evangelism, Missions, Social Justice 1 Comment

Continuing my reflections on the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, I’m going to do something today that I almost never do: talk about a politician. I am rather jaded when it comes to politics, and I NEVER endorse candidates publicly. Not to sound overly simplistic or self-righteous, but I would much rather spend my time endorsing Jesus. However, one of …

Bargain Shopping and Cheap Grace

Sharon Finances, Social Justice, Stewardship 3 Comments

Have you ever looked back on the past year and noticed a few major themes or lessons that God was teaching you? This year, one of those themes has been stewardship. In particular, I have been challenged with how I spend the “other 90%”–that is, the money that I don’t tithe or give to charity. That money belongs to God …

Whatever Affects One Directly, Affects All Indirectly

Sharon Church, Social Justice 2 Comments

I had planned to write something totally different today. Until I went to church yesterday morning. In honor of Martin Luther King Day my church devoted its entire service to remembering the struggle for racial reconciliation in this country and to our role in that struggle as Christians. The service was quite powerful and moved me to tears a number …

A Redemptive Approach to Shopping

Sharon Community, Social Justice, Stewardship 5 Comments

Over the years I’ve written a lot about the temptation to find comfort and release from shopping. When you’re having a bad day or feeling down on yourself, shopping can be an easy pick-me-up. In fact, it can be just as addictive as a drug. Shopping, clothes and outward appearance can all become idols upon which we depend for security …

Isn’t It About Time We End Slavery?

Sharon Social Justice 2 Comments

This weekend Ike and I attended three (count em, THREE) different churches! It was crazy! We’re trying to check out as many churches as possible so that we can choose one and settle down quickly. It was pretty insane, but it was also really good. Every church we visited was really terrific! We met a lot of wonderful people and …

The Bible on Interracial Marriage

Sharon Social Justice, Worldview 5 Comments

In the last couple of weeks I have encountered two different Christian arguments against interracial marriage that have left me feeling extremely unsettled. One was a random website that I happened upon by accident, but the other was a story on national radio about a black man who wasn’t allowed to date a white woman because her father, a pastor, …