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 […]

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Colored by the number

  Many of us see ourselves as a colored person.  We are black people, white people, red people, brown people, yellow people, beige people.  Well, maybe the first two are true.  The color wheel doesn’t turn beyond black and white for much of America.  Instead, much more of American society and even other parts of […]

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Away from the Manger

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?  For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.’  When King Herod heard this, […]

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Jesus and Santa Claus

The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a bad joke or a nursery rhyme but apparently, Jesus and Santa are in the same socially constructed race.  According to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, they are both ‘white.’   Really? Actually, Jews are not a race; they are a nation of people.  And […]

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The Color of Christ in “Bombingham”

Four little girls  Who went to Sunday School that day And never came back at home at all– But left instead Their blood upon the wall. ~Langston Hughes   I recently purchased The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Edward J. Blum & Paul Harvey.  The […]

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When We Color God In

“Your way was through the sea, your path, through the mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” ~ Psalm 77.19, NRSV There is a saying: “God moves in mysterious ways.”  The phrase suggests that God does act in the world but that the plans and purposes of God’s actions are unknown.  The psalmist tells us […]

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The Contested Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey detail in The Chronicle Review how the image of Jesus has been made and remade in American history, contrasting the socially colored black Jesus with short hair portrayed in now historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama with that of a replica of Christus, an eleven foot high chiseled […]

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