In the wake of the recent election, I have seen many Christians quote the biblical command to respect authority and pray for the leaders that God has placed over us. Two texts have been prominent in this admonition: Romans 13:1–3 and 1 Timothy 2:1–2. They read: Let every person be subject to the governing … Continue reading The New Testament and Public Criticism of Politicians
The Scriptures that contain the stories of Israel, the Messiah Jesus, and the early church have long shaped how I viewed the world. It was the bible that affirmed black personhood in the face of an Alabama that did so much to stamp it out. It was Jesus who taught me to love the … Continue reading Longer Still (Post Election Reflections of a Black Man amongst the Evangelicals)
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
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
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 of … Continue reading Seminary and the Curse of Ham: On the need for Diverse Faculty