Embracing Life — Day 4

Embracing Life -- Day 4

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 4: Not for the Faint of Heart

Most of us have heard sermons or read at least one book about spiritual warfare. And you can’t talk about spiritual warfare without talking about spiritual armor. The 40 Days reading for today does both. The subject is timely for me because I need this reminder. Sometimes I forget that the woman who called me a “right-winger,” and berated me for saying I base my positions on the Bible, is not my true enemy. Neither is the John McCain campaign worker who passed right on by me and my son at the National Right to Life convention without giving us any literature, which he enthusiastically handed to both people on either side of us. Neither is the guy who yelled the n-word at me and some other women praying in front of the abortion clinic yesterday. Dang, I guess I didn’t realize how much I really do need this reminder …
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The Sex Lives of Our Teens

The Sex Lives of Our Teens“Just talking about sex is a taboo topic for many adults. But young people are talking about it in their discipleship group. The kids are on it. They don’t want to stop talking about it.”

Those words, from a Christian youth worker who participated in a 2008 study conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTP), sum up the precarious spot that many urban parents, churches, and youth organizations find themselves in today when it comes to the topic of sex and the teenagers under their watch.
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Embracing Life: A 40-Day Adventure

Embracing Life: A 40-Day Adventure

Chandra White-Cummings

Pro-choice. Pro-life. Anti-abortion. Reproductive justice. Life ethic. Words have become weapons in the war of ideas and positions surrounding the a-word: abortion. People on all sides of the issue compete for media coverage, public opinion poll supremacy, and the quickly-dwindling resource dollar. I think we all can agree there are few topics in today’s society that provoke stronger responses. But there’s something we also should remember. Behind–sometimes too far behind–the unfurling banners of the culture war are real women, men, children, and families who have in some way experienced the results of this life-and-death decision. Some of them are hurting, some in denial, and some just want to be left alone.

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Let’s Talk About Race

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion–as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith and learning to navigate race relations, then as a young adult serving internationally with a missions organization. The issues were always boldly present. Now, as I live my “ever after” as the wife of a South African man, we are trying to raise a family that is intimately committed to God and, as an overflow, passionately committed to social justice. Last year we followed the election closely, and dinnertime was lively with talk of politics, race, and religion.
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Heroes and Saints

Heroes and Saints

Authors Dave and Neta Jackson.

As far as African American history books go, Heroes in Black History is unique. First of all, it was written by a white couple whose passion for their subject matter leaps off the page. Second, the book places the spiritual lives of its subjects front and center and shows how vital their Christian faith was to their historic accomplishments.
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