Atonement Theories & Anger, Part 1: Does Your Anger Relate to God’s Anger?

Introduction As the death toll from police brutality piled up by 2020, many people in my church family expressed what is often called “black anger”:  black people in the U.S. being angry about racial injustice.[1]  On a few Sunday services, several black individuals cried out, lamented, and shared how absolutely furious they were.  They were…

Abortion Policy and Christian Social Ethics in the United States

My book is out! As you can see by the title and the reviews so far, it will be quite challenging. The back cover says: “Today’s Christian pro-life movement has misplaced its priorities. The issue of abortion is more complex than the movement often appreciates. For a start, Scripture is less clear about the moral…

Reparations and the Key Question in Restorative Justice | A Long Repentance Post #15 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

“The Ugly Duckling” is a story about belonging and community.  This illustration, “Ugly Duckling” by Milo Winter, was first published in 1916 in the U.S. in the book Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.  Public Domain. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of…

Restorative Justice in Housing | A Long Repentance Post #14 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Park swing.  Max Pixel, Public Domain. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role of government.’  But is that the original framework from which these issues were asked and debated?…

Restorative Justice Over Meritocratic-Retributive | A Long Repentance Post #13 |The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Maori in New Zealand practice restorative justice.  This image comes from a documentary about the Maori called Restoring Hope, found here. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 3 | A Long Repentance Post #12 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Pictured: An article from Breitbart News, a white nationalist news source, specializing in generating content that reinforces racist and xenophobic tropes.  This is the type of material we seek to challenge on the levels of fact, values, and faith. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 2 | A Long Repentance Post #11 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role of government.’  But is that the original framework from which these issues were asked and debated? The purpose of the blog post…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Policing, Part 1 | A Long Repentance Post #10 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Racial Segregation in Housing Correlates to Different Experiences with Police “Okay,” said Michaela.  “You’ve laid out a good case that the housing and school systems are unfair.  The history of white flight is disturbing.  I can’t say that we live in a pure meritocracy, after all.  But that last quote is too much, don’t you…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Schooling, Part 2 | A Long Repentance Post #9 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role of government.’  But is that the original framework from which these issues were asked and debated? The purpose of the blog post…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Schooling, Part 1 | A Long Repentance Post #8 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

Pictured:  In 1957, white segregationists rallied in Little Rock, Arkansas, to protest Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the Little Rock Nine, who were the first black students to integrate Little Rock Central High School.  Photo credit: John T. Bledsoe, Wikimedia Commons. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race…

The Illusion of Meritocracy in Housing, Part 2 | A Long Repentance Post #7 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role of government.’  But is that the original framework from which these issues were asked and debated? The purpose of the blog post…