Angry Black Woman

How should I compose myself? Now that you have killed my children, Raped my mother, And beat me beyond recognition? You force me to live in dilapidated housing conditions, Where the rent is higher than a two bedroom in the suburbs Yet you pay me less than the minimum wage, and threaten to take that when …

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I’ve Been Thinking: Thoughts on Racism, Oppression, and the Kingdom of God

I’ve been thinking... ...about how racism compounds the already complex nature of original sin. Of how, because of sin, humans already have a tendency to exploit and abuse one another. On our worst days, and under the right circumstances, we can all be lured into sin and take that which belongs to another. But racism …

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The Black Body: Prophets Against Empire

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth …

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Syria and the Limits of Human Compassion

The image of three year old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body laying face down on the shores of Turkey haunts me. I cannot stand it. As a mother of two young children myself, I look at him and I want to howl. I want to scream. I want to shake my fists at the heaven and …

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Telling the Truth About Injustice

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD, be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the LORD” (Psalms 27.13, 14 NASB). (link to image) I loathed history classes when I was a …

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Not So Silent After All

*Link to image* Silent Night has always been one of my favorite carols this time of year. Ever since I committed it to memory over 20 years ago, the words have made me think about peace and calm surrounding the birth of Jesus. Consider the lyrics: Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright …

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The Risk that Comes with Challenging Oppression

There is a great risk that comes with countering oppression. People who have long been in power or who have long possessed great wealth at the expense of others, won’t let go of these things easily. Pharaoh and the Egyptians, as portrayed in the early chapters of Exodus, resisted in letting the people of Israel …

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