In today’s #FaithandCulture Reading, we cull a brief list of some of our favorite articles of the week on coronavirus, quarantines, sexuality, outreach, work and more — featuring selections from Samuel D. James, Josh Wester, Melanie Ratcliffe, Christina Ray Stanton and Russell Gehrlein.
- Unwept, Unhonored, Unsung
Samuel D. James at Medium: “Recovering that grief must happen if we’re to emerge from this nightmare as anything other than emotional cadavers, socially distanced from others and from ourselves. What is unwept will be unhonored.”
- Why Christians can’t compromise on human sexuality.
Josh Wester at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission: “Conforming one’s life to the pattern of God’s design is the key to flourishing. This is especially true when it comes to issues of sexuality, which have so much to do with our sense of identity and fulfillment.”
- Meet My Neighbors
Melanie Ratcliffe at The Pastors Center: “When the pandemic is over, will you be closer to those around you? Will you know more than just their names?”
- God Sustained Me in COVID-19, as He Did on 9/11
Christina Ray Stanton at The Gospel Coalition: “A deeper relationship with Christ gave me the courage to navigate the scary days of the virus in a way I could have never done on September 11.”
- How to Faithfully Work from Home in a Season of Teleworking
Russell Gehrlein at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics: “That is what I am called to do, to love my neighbors at work, whether present or not.”
In recent days, writers at Intersect have discussed topics ranging from Critical Theory and COVID-19 to teamwork and creationism. If you missed one of articles or videos, now’s your time to catch up.
- Neil Shenvi: Are Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity Compatible?
Neil Shenvi: “Critical Theory tells a different story.”
- COVID-19: Waking up to a World in Pain
Nathan Baker: “Our man-made comforts (normally) buffer us from reality—especially the reality of sin and suffering.”
- How Long, O Lord, Shall We Be Quarantined?
Jenn Hesse: “Remembering the gospel and the beautiful future Christ sealed for us gives us courage to face long periods of waiting.”
- How a “Fool” and a “Heretic” Developed an Unlikely Friendship
Todd Wood: “We desperately need to reflect the love of Christ in everything that we say and do, especially with those that we really don’t agree with.”
- Love, Justice, and the Coronavirus Pandemic (Part 3)
Michael J. DeBoer: “We should love our neighbors through our compliance with government guidance and orders.”
- Beyond Pragmatism: Developing a Theology of Teamwork
Jeff Mingee: “While ministry and teamwork are certainly practical and pragmatic, they are also inherently theological.
What other articles would you recommend?