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A call to thrive

Q&A | A pastoral perspective on faith, politics, Hispanic values, and moving beyond survival mode
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/25/21, 01:13 pm

Samuel Rodriguez, 51, is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and an Assemblies of God pastor in Sacramento, Calif. Here are edited excerpts of our Dec. 18 conversation. 

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Racial crossroads

Books | More Black History Month reads
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/11/21, 03:41 pm

Why Black Lives Matter (Cascade, 2020) is a collection of thoughtful essays edited by Anthony Bradley, who explains why they do: “Because African Americans are made in the Image of God.” The last two essays, “The Black Church and Orthodoxy” by Anthony Carter and “The Prosperity Gospel” by Ken Jones, show how black churches are at a theological crossroads. 

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Critical theory … for kids?

Children’s Books of the Year | New title releases show the spreading influence of a controversial academic framework
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/11/21, 11:38 am

“CRITICAL THEORY” is the umbrella term for various branches of academic thought that grew out of 1980s postmodernism. A basic tenet of critical theory: All the arts and social sciences—and to some extent hard sciences—can be understood as a vast scheme of oppression by a privileged group (chiefly straight white males). Children’s literature largely escaped the influence of critical theory until 2017, when the push for youth activism opened the floodgates. Here are several examples.

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