1. This interview on the Love + Radio podcast with Darryl Davis.
Darryl Davis is a black musician who has befriended countless white racists. And by“white racists,” we are talking about card carrying, full-fledged members in good standing with the Klu Klux Klan.
His efforts to befriend people like this has led to legitimate friendships and to many of them changing their views and leaving the Klan behind. His success has much to do with how he approaches these Klansmen—not with bluntness or sarcasm or insults, but with compassion and grace.
Indeed, his approach comes right out of the Bible. As we in the church today engage with others and with one another on so many divisive topics, we would get much farther if we heeded Paul’s words to have our speech “always be gracious, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6) and James’ instruction to be “quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” (James 1:19)
2. Carl Trueman and his reflections on what is commonly called complementarianism in Christian circles.
I liked what he says here in light of what we have been looking at in the Song of Solomon sermon series at RCC (the especially relevant part I’ve highlighted inthe quote below):
“I rarely read complementarian literature these days. I felt it lost its way when it became an all-embracing view of the world and not simply a matter for church and household. I am a firm believer in a male-only ordained ministry in the church but I find increasingly bizarre the broader cultural crusade which complementarianism has become. It seems now to be more a kind of reaction against feminism than a balanced exposition of the Bible’s teaching on the relationships of men and women. Thus, for example, marriage is all about submission of wife to husband (Eph. 5) and rarely about the delight of friendship and the kind of playful but subtly expressed eroticism we
find in the Song of Songs. Too often cultural complementarianism ironically offers a rather disenchanted and mundane account of the mystery and beauty of male-female relations. And too often it slidesinto sheer silliness.”