Culture Matters
Culture Matters
Jun 8, 2020
Black Lives Matter
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We have a short special episode to reflect on the life of George Floyd and to communicate loudly and clearly that black lives matter. We discuss the challenges, realities and opportunities of our cultural moment. 

As In Heaven
As In Heaven
The Gospel Coalition
Black History: Reconstruction to Early Civil Rights
In this episode of As In Heaven, Jim Davis and Justin Holcomb welcome back Ligon Duncan for the second of a two-part discussion of the history of black people in America. Duncan began with the onset of chattel slavery in 1619 up to the Civil War in the last episode. In this episode, he addresses the sordid practices of peonage, vagrancy laws, and sharecropping and how they helped pave the way for Jim Crow laws in America. Understanding these historical realities will help white believers understand how they still play a part in our cultural moment and grow a greater empathy for our black brothers and sisters. The group discusses: * Reconstruction and its flaws, a lesser known era (2:00) * Black Codes and Reconstruction (9:57) * Sharecropping and its abuses (18:20) * Self-perpetuation of “slavery by another name” (20:57) * Discouraging Black people from voting (24:07) * A horrific legacy outside the law (26:30) * The Cloistering of Black people (34:22) * Isn’t it all just history? (38:25) * Dr. Ligon and changing the Mississippi flag (43:01) Explore more from TGC on the topics of Race and Slavery.DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 1. What narrative did you learn about the period following the Civil War, especially reconstruction? What are differences from that narrative from the narrative that Dr. Duncan shares? 2. What are some major events and policies from this era that created or maintained oppressive systems towards black Americans? How did those policies and events shape the future? 3. What are things from this era that have had a profound effect on America today? What about the church today? 4. Why might the histories presented in these first two episodes on the history of race in America be important conversations for the church to have today?
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Quick to Listen
Quick to Listen
Christianity Today
Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried About War
Transcribed highlights of the show can be found in our episode summaries. This fall, violence broke out again between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a contested region in Azerbaijan known as Nagorno-Karabakh. Home of 170,000 people, the majority of its inhabitants are ethnic Armenian and the area itself has been governed by ethnic Armenians since 1994. The countries’ close allegiances with other countries had worried many that the fighting and civilian deaths might spiral into a regional conflict. Armenia, for instance, has close ties to Russia and, to a lesser extent, Iran. Azerbaijan has the strong support of Turkey and some have reported that Syrian militants are also fighting alongside the Azeri. Another complicating level is religion. More than 95 percent of Azerbaijan’s 10 million people identify as Muslim, mostly Shiite. More than 90 percent of Armenia’s three million people identify as Christian, specifically Armenian Apostolic. Armenia also boasts the oldest state church, all the way back to the beginning of the fourth century A.D. This week on Quick to Listen we talked to Felix Corley about the country’s Christian heritage and the extent to which it is playing a role in the current conflict. Corley is editor of Forum 18 News Service, which covers religious freedom issues in the former Soviet Union. He has written extensively on the Armenian Apostolic church in the Soviet period. Corley joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how Christianity first arrived in Armenia, the enduring trauma of the genocide, and how the Apostolic Church engages and interacts with other Christians in the country.W hat is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Learn more about Forum 18 Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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