The Social Dimension of the Power of God

“What will people think When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak What will people do when they find that it’s true I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak There ain’t no disguising the truth.” – Jesus Freak, DC Talk If there is any Christian song that characterized my experience as … Continue reading The Social Dimension of the Power of God

White Church So Silent, White Church So Complicit

*A version of this post has been posted at RaceRhetoricandReligion. On Wednesday, I awoke to the news that Bethel University's St. Paul, Minnesota campus - the school I attended for Seminary - experienced a racist incident. The Kresge rock that had been recently painted in solidarity with Black Lives Matter was now painted over in … Continue reading White Church So Silent, White Church So Complicit

Do We Really Want Reconciliation? Or Are We Just Conflict Averse?

  Can we all just get along? If you were around in the early 1990s, you would remember this challenge posed by Rodney King, a black man who was beaten by police officers in Los Angeles. To quell the riots, perhaps, after the officers were acquitted for their level of inhumanity, King exhorted people to learn … Continue reading Do We Really Want Reconciliation? Or Are We Just Conflict Averse?

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 … Continue reading Black Gold

The Danger of North Minneapolis’ Single Story: The Way We Talk About Black People Matters

“Show a people as one thing and only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Danger of a Single Story. Dangerous. Crime ridden. Littered with trash and broken glass. Infested with miscreants and human vermin. Falling apart. According to a recent commentary in the Star Tribune, … Continue reading The Danger of North Minneapolis’ Single Story: The Way We Talk About Black People Matters

Facing Racism, Embracing Hope Part II

Slavery. Convict leasing system. Sharecropping. Jim Crow. Restrictive housing covenants. Redlining. Eugenics. War on Drugs. Vietnam. Mass incarceration. Police brutality. 400 years of continual oppression and marginalization, with no end in sight, has the tendency to create a sense of hopelessness and even nihilism. As the author of Hebrews attests, hope deferred really does make the … Continue reading Facing Racism, Embracing Hope Part II

Black History Month and the Precarious White Identity

We are now in the final week of Black History Month.* During this month long observance, Americans call to their consciousness the many contributions of black Americans in our society. Or at least that is what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to remember people like Frederick Douglass, Ida B Wells, W.E.B Du … Continue reading Black History Month and the Precarious White Identity