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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/21/2023

  • Privilege & antiracism
  • Trademarking ‘worship leader’
  • Patterns of white supremacy
  • Lawsuits against Int Churches of Christ
  • Africa’s freelance prophets
  • Beauty of Earth from orbit

Antiracism’s mission drift*
The Christian Century: Privileged progressives have turned their attention from structures and systems to sentimentalism.

Company that trademarked ‘worship leader’ makes others drop the term*
Christianity Today: Popular meme accounts have lost social media pages after being reported by Authentic Media, which says it coined the phrase.

From Christchurch to Emanuel AME, we must recognize the patterns of white supremacy
Religion News Service: Recent reports suggest the attacks on houses of worship are not rare and the perpetrators are seldom acting alone.

US Christian group accused of covering up sexual abuse of minors
The Guardian: Lawsuits claim International Churches of Christ leaders failed to report as well as plotted to conceal abuse of women and children.

Africa’s freelance prophets are breaking free of denominations
Baptist News Global: Zikode Phiri calls himself a “freelance prophet.” He has just completed a tour of France and Britain for “private prayer” clients — laying on hands, casting out demons, and interpreting dreams for those who have paid for his visa and flights.

The Spark

The beauty of Earth from orbit
The International Space Station, orbiting Earth at about 17,150 miles per hour, is currently home to seven crew members, The Atlantic says. In recent months, the astronauts and cosmonauts of Expedition 67 and 68 have taken some amazing photographs.*

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