Race, Race and the Spiritual Life

Stop the Train!

How does believing in race make us better Christians?  How do its prejudices and stereotypes help us to love our neighbor, to welcome the stranger, to take care of the orphan and the widow?  What does race really do for us?  What does it strengthen our faith in? Thomas Dixon Jr., a Southern Baptist Minister… Continue reading Stop the Train!

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and the Spiritual Life

Race and the Irresponsible Self

Race allows you and I to look away, to not look at ourselves fully or completely.  We do not have to face ourselves alone and a part from its insecurities that make us feel safe.  We want race to tell us what we see and who/ what/ when/ where/ why we should ignore.  We need race to do for us… Continue reading Race and the Irresponsible Self

Race, Race Training, Racial Formation, Racial Identity

The Whole Armor of Race

Living the racialized life calls for twenty- four hour surveilance as there is always something being said or not said, being done or not done on the basis of race.  All verbal and nonverbal communications, actions and reactions must be scrutinized for potential harm to us.  We must always be ready to defend and thus,… Continue reading The Whole Armor of Race

Race, Race and the Divine Image

Unpacking God

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names." ~ Chinese proverb What box or boxes have you placed God in?  Please check all that apply and add more if applicable. □ Black                       □ Woman □ White                      □ Man □ Red                         □ Liberal □ Yellow                     □ Conservative □ Brown                     □ Democrat □… Continue reading Unpacking God

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness

This is how race loves us

If we love persons according to race, if our love is racially prescribed and motivated, a love that is demonstrated according to the social coloring of skin, then we do not love as God loves.  We do not love with the love of Christ.  I would go so far as to say that we do… Continue reading This is how race loves us

Politics and Christian Witness, Race, Race and Christian Witness

Race and Empire: How this partnership ties the Church’s hands

This morning, I attended a remarkable lecture at Wesley Theological Seminary where Dr. Joerg Rieger, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at SMU Perkins School of Theology and author of several books to include Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times, served as the guest lecturer… Continue reading Race and Empire: How this partnership ties the Church’s hands

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness

Filling in the cracks

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit and that Christ may dwell in… Continue reading Filling in the cracks