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 …

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Cultivating Hearts of Worship in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Worship changes things. It forces every spirit, opponent, and plan contrary to that of God’s to bow at His feet. As we exalt God to His rightful place in our hearts and in the world, he takes over and makes things right. This we know, either through experiences of our own, hearing the testimony of …

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Rejecting Anti-Black Theology, Embracing the Kingdom of God

Almost daily, our T.V. screens and Twitter feeds are filled with the latest report of police violence and attack on black life. Though every incident is more heart-wrenching than the last - enough is enough -  the ongoing attacks should come to no surprise to us. While, in many ways, this nation has progressed beyond …

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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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Race Relations Sunday: Have You Received Since You Believed?

The following is the text of the sermon that I preached this morning for Race Relations Sunday. The Bible reading is out of Acts 19.1 - 7, which was one of the lectionary texts last week Sunday. If you would prefer to listen to the audio, click here. I have been walking with Christ for over …

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Racial Justice: A Multifaceted Approach

The roots of racism run deep in the soil of the United States of America. These roots did not grow overnight, but as a result of policy, practices and procedures over the course of hundreds of years, the roots are there and the system is massive. The roots were first planted with the systematic removal …

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