Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Race and the American Church, Race and the Attributes of God, Race and the Church, White Supremacy

The Church needs an epistle on race

"Christianity has been almost sentimental in its efforts to deal with hatred in human life.  It has sought to get read of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments.  It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of the people… Continue reading The Church needs an epistle on race

Church Identity, Church Unity, Race, Race and Baptism, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Faith Formation, Race and the Church, Race and the Color of Christ

Books can take you places

As many of us gear up for summer vacations with flip flops, sunglasses and sunscreen, I want to remind us of the journey offered in books.  Words can take us places.  Within their pages are invitations to journey not just to distant and magical lands but to places closer to home, to undiscovered holy sites… Continue reading Books can take you places

Hate Crimes, Race, Race and Culture, Race and the Church, Racial Profiling, Racism, White Supremacy

Charleston Syllabus

It is the title of a new book that offers readings on race, racism and racial violence.  Professors Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, its authors, offer this collection of writings in hopes of strengthening our conversations about race after the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015.  On this terrible day, twenty- one… Continue reading Charleston Syllabus

Ministry of Reconciliation, Multicultural Church, Post-racial Christianity, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Pneumatology, Race and the American Church, Race and the Church, Raceless Christianity, Teaching Racelessness

Remember Me?

As believers, we are described as the Body of Christ.  Many members and abilities, different cultures and languages, various talents and interests, still we are called the Body.  It does not matter the interpretation, denomination or lack thereof.  It makes no difference how many ministries, members, locations and services we have, we remain one Body.… Continue reading Remember Me?

Church Identity, Church Unity, Healing from Race, Ministry of Reconciliation, Multicultural Church, Multicultural Ministry, Post- racial, Post-racial Christianity, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Race and Education, Race and Faith Formation, Race and Identity, Race and Santification, Race and Social Privilege, Race and the American Church, Race and the Attributes of God, Race and the Church, Race and the Enlightenment, Teaching Racelessness, The Spiritual Life

The Double- Minded Church: Spiritual Formation and the Impractical Theology of Race

The conversation I entered into with the attendees of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's ChurchWorks this week picks back up and concludes here: I suppose that it is a matter of pride and it’s a mind game. James uses the descriptor “double- minded” when speaking of the doubter who prays[i] but this two-ness is found both in… Continue reading The Double- Minded Church: Spiritual Formation and the Impractical Theology of Race

Church Identity, Healing from Race, Ministry of Reconciliation, Politics and Christian Witness, Preaching and Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Culture, Race and Faith, Race and Politics, Race and the Church, Race and Theology, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“How long? Not Long!”

"How long will we waver between two opinions?" ~ First Kings 18.21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM Delivered on the steps of Montgomery, Alabama's State Capitol, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech after a successful march from Selma to Montgomery on March 25, 1965.  I was reminded of his words after hearing someone say, "We've… Continue reading “How long? Not Long!”

Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Witness, Race and the American Church, Race and the Church, The Church

Why go to church?

For the past few weeks, I have been writing to my children, youth and young adult members, questioning why they come.  We know that most children attend church because their parents bring them.  I mean, they can't stay at home by themselves.  Teenagers attend because their parents make them.  I've heard parents say, "If I'm… Continue reading Why go to church?