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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