Leader| When the world is split on differences of opinion, we confess that we are not split down the middle—but are all on the Lord’s side. We stand arm in arm, leading the charge for unity, chanting: Congregation| We are undivided. Leader| When we are tempted to worship our interpretation more than the Holy Spirit’s… Continue reading A Litany for Undivided Churches
I am at a meeting of clergy for three days of specialized training in interim ministry. Day one focuses on theories. On the second day, the facilitator offered a few tools and way too many personal stories. But, when we began a discussion about power and he wanted to move to his next slide, the group of mostly European Americans… Continue reading Not My Problem
This is what Jim Wallis, the president of Sojourners magazine, recently argued in an article titled "The Parable of Los Angeles." Pointing to the obvious and inevitable multiculturalism of our society, Wallis posits our diversity as a plus not a minus, a blessing and not a curse. And apparently, despite our attempts to segregate and… Continue reading Cultural integration anyone?
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
"For 'In him we live and move and have our being.'" ~ Acts 17.28, NRSV Persons may wonder how I can talk about race the way that I do. For me, it is a matter of allegiance. I recognized some time ago that I could not serve God and believe in race. I had to… Continue reading The Theological Problem of Race
The Bible says that when we are baptized, we put on Christ (Galatians 3.27). Our appearance changes and the social value placed on our external attributes loses its effect. Or, it should. Instead, we are to strive to have the mind of Christ, to live the life of Christ and to practice the love of… Continue reading What are you looking at?
What is the race-less gospel of Jesus Christ? Is it new or revelatory? No. It is captured in the Holy Scriptures and offered to us as believers. But we, as Christians, have not been able to accept God's vision for humanity due to the social realities of injustice, violence and oppression caused by our acceptance… Continue reading What is the race-less gospel of Jesus Christ?