****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 … Continue reading Does the Bible Support or Dismantle Racism?
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 lived … Continue reading The Gospel, Black Spaceships, and Kanye West
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySYRI4wXUpo My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, and darkness is my only companion – Psalm 88:19 Today, I woke up and said my prayers. It was a daily office type of morning. I left it to my wife to get the kids ready for school. I granted myself that … Continue reading Freedom!
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 here … Continue reading Black Movers, White Neighborhoods
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw-oXAwIeW8 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 … Continue reading Alton Sterling, a Son’s Tears, and Psalm 137: A Lament
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 at … Continue reading Lecrae, Patriotism, and the Fourth of July
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 This … Continue reading In God’s Good Time: On My first class at Northeastern Seminary