Links on Theology, Life, and Culture to encourage us to be — and to make — disciples.

How Early Christianity was Mocked for Welcoming Women
“… Christianity was a cultural pariah during this time period. It was an outsider movement in all sorts of ways — legal, social, religious, and political. Christians were widely despised, viewed with suspicion and scorn, and regarded as a threat to a stable society. And yet, women, in great numbers, decided to join the early Christian movement anyway.

Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies
How does a black musician end up with a wardrobe full of KKK robes? This 18 min TED Talk models intentional relationships and working past the fear of ‘the unknown.’

White Fragility: A Critique
Robin DiAngelo’s book’s popularity has skyrocketed. But, is the well intended work helping the overall conversation? From an academic perspective, John McWhorter writes that the ideas actually ‘talk down to Black people’: The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility.

What Is Sheol? Exploring the Afterlife in the Old Testament
“’Sheol’ is one of those unusual Old Testament words that easily confuses modern Bible readers… Given all the difficulty, what can we learn about Sheol from the Old Testament? And how should we think about it as Christians?” As many older tombstones were marked with reminders of “Memento Mori” (Latin: “Remember you must die”), we need regular reminders that Christ’s victory over sin and death is our hope and joy! (1 Cor 15:50-58)

The Jesus Movement Followed 1968. What Will Follow 2020?
Fifty years ago, many turned to Christ on the heels of a chaotic time. May history repeat itself. “Perhaps no year in modern history so parallels the turmoil of 2020 than 1968 … There was even a global pandemic: the Hong Kong flu killed more than a million people worldwide. Sound familiar?”

How Coronavirus Is Ushering in a New Era of Concerts
An interesting example of supply and demand. The demand for music is part of human culture. The current limited supply of live music is creating new options to meet the demand.

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners
Snapshots of birds in flight — and even under the sea.

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Kyle Meeker
Theological and Leadership Development Pastor