Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?

    ****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 seventyContinue reading “Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?”

The Gospel, Black Spaceships, and Kanye West

    I’ve been working this grave shift and I ain’t made it, I wish I could I buy me a spaceship and fly past the sky – Kanye West (slightly edited) Spaceships don’t come equipped with rearview mirrors; they dip as quick as they can – Andre3000 And the word became flesh and livedContinue reading “The Gospel, Black Spaceships, and Kanye West”

Black Movers, White Neighborhoods

    Yesterday, four movers arrived at our new home to deliver items I had not seen since we placed them in storage some three years ago. Two of these delivery men were African American brothers. When one of them walked in he said, “I remember this house! I moved the people out of hereContinue reading “Black Movers, White Neighborhoods”

Alton Sterling, a Son’s Tears, and Psalm 137: A Lament

  By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept –Psalm 137:1 What does it look like to reach the breaking point of orthodoxy?  What does it look like to arrive at the place where the desire for reconciliation gives way to anger and resentment?  It looks like a fifteen-year-old boy weeping uncontrollably overContinue reading “Alton Sterling, a Son’s Tears, and Psalm 137: A Lament”

Lecrae, Patriotism, and the Fourth of July

Lecrae created a bit of a firestorm on twitter when he posted this picture with the caption: “My ancestors on the fourth of July 1776” This post caused a bit of an uproar because Lecrae is supposed to be the one rapper all evangelicals can love. Many were hurt, but for me this was not atContinue reading “Lecrae, Patriotism, and the Fourth of July”

In God’s Good Time: On My first class at Northeastern Seminary

    The people’s champ must be everything the people can’t be…You must have missed the come up, I must be all I can be. Call me Mr. Mufasa, I had to master stampedes– Chance the Rapper Until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him –Psalms 105:19 ThisContinue reading “In God’s Good Time: On My first class at Northeastern Seminary”

Seminary and the Curse of Ham: On the need for Diverse Faculty

  Noah damning Ham, 19th-century painting by Ivan Stepanovitch Ksenofontov.   Part I: Seminary, the Sons of God, and the Curse of Ham (if all you care about is the interpretation of the curse of Ham feel free to skip to Part II below) I went seminary to learn the Bible. I think all ofContinue reading “Seminary and the Curse of Ham: On the need for Diverse Faculty”

Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians

    I can say with confidence that I have washed more feet than any Episcopal priest that I know. This is not because my previous parishes enthusiastically embraced Maundy Thursday. No, I make this claim this because I was raised as a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. In that tradition, once per monthContinue reading “Give me your feet and I will give you mine: Footwashing amongst the Baptists and Episcopalians”

Two Boats, One Gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s Witness

(Orthodox icon of the Church as boat)   And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope forContinue reading “Two Boats, One Gospel: Black History Month and the Church’s Witness”