Welcome to ESA. We are pro-life and pro-poor, pro-family and pro-creation care. We urge, teach, and equip Jesus followers to promote holistic ministries and peace with justice for the oppressed and marginalized throughout the world. We produce biblical scholarship to foster cultural transformation, and generally try to practice heaven now.

 

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Market Complicity and Religious Freedom

Market Complicity and Religious Freedom

by John P. Tiemstra The controversy over the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that health insurance policies cover birth control brings to a head a complicated tangle of issues. Some are legal: What is a corporation, and how far can government go in regulating its behavior? Some are philosophical: Who has a right to free speech? How far does freedom of religion go? Do corporations have ethical responsibilities? Some are theological: Does artificial birth control usurp God’s prerogatives? Does doing business with...

Resources for Holy Week

Resources for Holy Week

by Al Tizon To bring more meaningful reflection to your Holy Week, check out these carefully selected resources from our friend Christine Sine at the Mustard Seed Associates. Maundy Thursday Good Friday Stations of the Cross Celebrating Holy Week with Kids...

April Is Autism Awareness Month

April Is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and Cinema Libre Studio has just released Too Sane for This World, a beautiful little documentary that gives voice to a dozen adults with different types of autism. This is the first film of its...

No Victory Is Too Small to Celebrate

No Victory Is Too Small to Celebrate

by Rebecca Hall In any movement, it’s important to pause every once in a while to celebrate victories.  I like to think of these victories as proleptic moments—moments in which justice and mercy give us a glimpse into the reality of...

Lawyer Changes Clothes for Lent

Lawyer Changes Clothes for Lent

by Kristyn Komarnicki Mission Waco attorney Kent McKeever is making a splash this Lent by donning “inmate orange” in order to bring attention to the fact that the poor and marginalized in this country have little access to adequate legal resources....

Immigration Reform and Beyond

Immigration Reform and Beyond

by Jen Smyers More than 1.5 million people have been deported in the last five years alone. More than 200,000 US-citizen children have endured the deportation of their parent. Family members are forced by our inefficient visa system to wait up to 24 years to be reunited. Families and communities have been destroyed, all in the name of stubbornly enforcing an antiquated and unjust immigration system. So why hasn’t Congress fixed this broken immigration system that destroys lives, hinders our economic growth,...

Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

by Jennifer Carpenter Megachurch pastor Perry Noble recently posted “Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?” on his blog, admitting that he initially believed—emphatically—that Christians should not.  However, he bravely details his own experiences with anxiety and depression and explains that he has since changed his mind. He hopes his new book, Overwhelmed, to be released next week from Tyndale House, will help change the discussion among evangelicals concerning depression. Many have responded to Noble’s admission with cheers and gratitude, saying they...

What Kind of Life Will My Child Have?

What Kind of Life Will My Child Have?

by Kristyn Komarnicki That’s the question a woman asked a Down syndrome advocacy group when she found out she was expecting a son with Down syndrome. The video the group produced in response is one of the most beautiful pro-life statements...

198 Methods: #58

198 Methods: #58

Excommunication In 1991, during an attempted coup in Moscow, leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church threatened excommunication to anyone who supported the...

Drones Kill Children: Let Us Pray

Drones Kill Children: Let Us Pray

by Nicole Morgan Drone warfare has been utilized by the United States for almost 10 years now as part of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Statistics and details of deaths caused by drone warfare are not officially released by the US...

Another Ned

Another Ned

by Jennifer Carpenter When the name “Ned” is brought up in connection with the Christian faith, many folks might first envision the “oversaved” Ned Flanders character from the Simpsons. I’d like to offer you a better association for the name Ned:...

Animals All Around from Zondervan

Animals All Around from Zondervan

Reviewed by Sarah Withrow King The overarching theme of Animals All Around is that God made everything and that God's creation is good. Super. The book includes loads of interesting facts about animals that it's good for kids to know, like pigs are smart and horses have feelings. Super duper. But beyond these two things, the book is the same old clichés perpetuating the same old indoctrination that animals are here on earth for human use and gain, a concept that is...

Drone Liturgy

Drone Liturgy

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Reflections from Oriented to Love: What a Conservative Girl Learned at Oriented to Love

Reflections from Oriented to Love: What a Conservative Girl Learned at Oriented to Love

by Chelsen Vicari Let’s get all the cards out on the table. I am a proud, full-fledged member of the conservative pro-family movement. If I told you that my experience at Evangelicals for Social Action’s (ESA) Oriented to Love retreat as...

Ag Gag Laws, Lent, and Journeying with Jesus

Ag Gag Laws, Lent, and Journeying with Jesus

by Sarah Withrow King Less than a week before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, a member of the Roman Catholic church, signed a controversial “Ag Gag” bill into law, making Idaho the...

Listening to the Disreputables

Listening to the Disreputables

by John Backman (Illustration: "Last Supper" by David LaChapelle, from his Jesus Is My Homeboy series) We all cherish the picture of Jesus eating with the “disreputables”—the tax collectors and prostitutes and other sinners. But what do we do when the...

Laws that Contradict the Love of Jesus

Laws that Contradict the Love of Jesus

by Nicole Morgan We are encouraged by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of AZ Senate Bill 1062. This bill would have amended a current law to give citizens even more freedom to discriminate against sexual minorities by refusing them commercial services. Freedom...

198 Methods: #89

198 Methods: #89

Severance of funds and credit In 2012, liberal donors threatened to cut off campaign money to President Obama over the Keystone...