Black Gold

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. - Psalm 139.14, NASB I know that my identity as a black woman is affirmed and validated by the image of God! And I also know that as God began to …

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Feigning Ignorance

In my brief 33 years of living, I have come across many people of all walks and stripes - conservatives, liberals, Christians, agnostic, men, women, rich and poor - who sincerely believe that blacks and other people of color in America are afforded the same opportunities as whites. In their heart of hearts, they sincerely …

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#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches

Black churches are burning again in America! By rough estimates, eight black churches have been set ablaze since the horrific #CharlestonMassacre two weeks ago. As an African American whose spiritual roots are connected to these institutions, I cannot explain the absolute horror that I feel inside. You see, I first caught the Holy Ghost in …

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Ten Years in the Making: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Pain

I have written extensively about the catalyst, the moment, the inciting situation that kicked my writing into high gear. Although I had been interested in writing professionally for since I was a kid, I never really took this passion seriously until I needed it in my season of wandering through the valley of the shadow …

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Taking a Beating: A Lesson in Humility

Although I consider myself relatively wise, I know that I am still quite young and have a lot more wisdom to attain. However, one thing that I do know, call it as a result of being wise or just my own personal experience, is that people do not like being taken advantage of. I have …

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Confronting Racism: Focus on the Family Broadcast

I have been listening to Focus on the Family, an Christian evangelical broadcast, on the radio for years, and have been acquainted with them since I was in high school. And I would have to say that I have never, I mean never, heard an open, honest conversation about race and racism on the show. …

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I Could Really Use Your Help, You Know!

I am presenting a paper on reconciliation at a conference in a few short weeks where I could use some personal stories and statistics. In the paper, I argue that racism, sexism and other forms of societal injustices have had an adverse impact of people's faith. Specifically, I contend that a history of oppression, exploitation …

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