I came home from a conference and my son met me at the door. He was upset because the kids at his school had laughed at him. I asked him what happened. He said that the teacher caught him scribbling on a sheet of paper and asked him what he was doing. He told her … More Esau McCaulley Sr., A Son’s Eulogy for His Father
****Editor’s note: I gave this 30 minute talk in Buffalo, NY. at the Nickel City Forum. It is not meant to be the last word on the topic. Time precluded a more extensive discussion of all the issues surrounding race and the bible. Since we find ourselves in upstate New York, some seventy … More Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?
A few years ago, there was a movie entitled concussion starring Will Smith. Very few people saw it mostly because the underlining plot was clear to all who had been paying attention. The film was about the impact of the NFL and football in general on the brain. The movie argued that the NFL … More Tell the Truth: Integrity and the Anglican Communion
(Editor’s note: This was a sermon based on Romans 12:1–9.) Alabama In middle school during black history month we would watch these videos called Eyes On the Prize and make posters lauding black achievement. There were posters about George Washington Carver and his varied uses of the peanut. Alongside Carver, one might find Harriet Tubman … More The Church as Witness and Protest: A Call to a Faithful Response to Charlottesville
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15) There is a cottage industry that exists online and in print that offers … More Sit Down, Be Humble: On Speaking about “The Church”
Genesis has long been at the center of Jewish and Christian reflection on what it means to be the people of God. In the Christian tradition, much has been written about God’s declaration that he made man and woman in his image such that all people deserve to be treated with the dignity. The … More Mixed-Race Kids, the Church, and the Blessing of Manasseh and Ephraim
‘But,’ said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, ‘I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too, for years and years, after all you have done.’ ‘So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for … More Black Christians and Frodo’s Wound