#FaithandCulture Reading: The Church’s Witness, Rosa Parks, Salt and Light, Advent Explained, and “Holly Jolly Christmases”

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How can we minister, culturally, from a position of weakness? What legacy does Rosa Parks leave behind? What’s wrong with Christians’ salt and light? What is Advent all about? And should we only sing the holly, jolly Christmas songs?

Get thoughtful responses to these questions from Bruce Ashford, Russell Moore, Jemar Tisby, Alissa Wilkinson and Jacqueline Isaacs in today’s #FaithandCulture Reading.

Powerful Witness from a Position of Weakness

Bruce Ashford offers a model from which we can minister and witness in an increasingly secular culture. He writes,

Instead of resenting our cultural moment, slouching into withdrawal, or charging into angry activism, evangelicals should accept the challenge of our era and serve our nation from a position of weakness, even if we seem to have power. After all, this is how the kingdom comes. Read More>>

The Real Rosa Parks: A Lifetime of Activism

On the 61st anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Jemar Tisby reflects on her life and legacy. He writes,

As we remember the lone woman who helped spark the most public movement for U.S. civil rights in the 20th century, we should also recall that Rosa Parks had a lifetime of activism to prepare her for the moment of opportunity. Read More>>

There Is Something Wrong with the Salt and Light

Over at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, Jacqueline Isaacs references a speech from Os Guinness on the necessity of being salt and light. She writes,

Our biggest competitor for hearts and minds is not atheists who want to argue over the existence of God, but the non-religious, post-modern cultural taste-makers who find no use for God. Read More>>

Advent, Explained

Ever wondered where did Advent comes from or what it means? Over at Vox, Alissa Wilkinson has you covered. She writes,

In addition to being about the anticipation of Jesus’s birth (the first coming), Advent is also set aside as a time of quietness and austerity, meant to keep Christians from glossing over the brokenness of the world and to encourage them to anticipate the Second Coming. Read More>>

The Problem With Our Holly Jolly Christmas Songs

Russell Moore encourages us to remember to address the full range of human emotions, especially at Christmas. He writes,

We have a rich and complicated and often appropriately dark Christmas hymnody. We can sing of blessings flowing “far as the curse is found,” of the one who came to “free us all from Satan’s power.” Let’s sing that, every now and then, where we can be overheard. Read More>>

What are you reading this holiday weekend?

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