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The cries of the people in Baltimore, Ferguson, and indeed around the world, convict us, but they do not condemn us. We are already forgiven through the boundless mercy of God manifest in Christ, and through that forgiveness we can find the will, the courage, and the power to change. 

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"Very quickly, the attention is going to go away from Nepal — in the next 3 or 4 weeks. While we have a very captive audience, I want to make sure that the money coming is going to something earmarked for future long-term use. This is going to be a very, very long-term effort.”
Protestors in DC march in solidarity with Baltimore. JP Keenan/Sojourners

This is a very combustible combination of social failures that we are all responsible for.

That's the pattern, and that's the lesson.

Blitzer, like so many white people, doesn’t know Martin Luther King. He misses King’s point. If white people want to reference King, we need to stop using him to condemn black violence. We need to stop pitting a black man against black people. It’s patronizing. It’s demeaning. And it misses the point.

I become a flexible version of my truest self, the self who loves words but can’t use the long ones and who gets all fired up but makes sure her voice doesn’t get too loud. It’s a terrible place to find oneself, in an identity limbo that feels impossible to explain at the best of times, never mind in 800-something words while America is holding its breath.

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I’ll admit: It seems uncomfortable to joke about rape. The line is very thin. However, as Clementine Ford so brilliantly remarked: “Rape is uncomfortable. This is why we need to keep talking about it, and we need to keep disrupting people's comfortable lives with it, because the result of that is that they actually do start to change.”

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When clickbait lures and controversy sells, what does it mean to read with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper – or our newsfeeds – in the other?

In this new series we explore a question Gareth Higgins raises in the May issue of Sojourners: How do we unlearn our own attraction to scandal and sensationalism while still working for social change? READ Higgins’ essay "A Newsfeed of Fear" and join the conversation online using the hashtag #FeedFear.