Race and the Church, Teaching Racelessness, The Spiritual Life

The Church: A Body Divided

"And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." ~ Mark 3.25 These words have often been attributed to  a speech delivered in 1858 by Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States.  But, the words actually belong to Jesus.  Lincoln was talking about slavery: "I believe this… Continue reading The Church: A Body Divided

Race, Teaching Racelessness


"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." ~ Jeremiah 1.5, NRSV How does God know us?  This opening statement of God's calling of the Old Testament weeping prophet Jeremiah says that God knows us a part… Continue reading Before

Race, Race and Culture, Race and Faith, Race and Speech, Race and the Imaginary

Keepin’ the Black Man Down: How Race Positions Us

To be a socially colored "black" person is to be kept down, prevented from rising and especially not to the top. If you are up, then you are an "uppity Negro" and out of place, out of character. You think that you are "better than your own people" and need to be taken down a… Continue reading Keepin’ the Black Man Down: How Race Positions Us