When I have been confronted with claims of racial injustice, white privilege, and racism as a 'social issue', I was taught to dismiss such thinking as a concoction of liberals and certain black leaders who are still living in the past.
Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) and his law professor brother Rob taught a class that touched on the Black Lives Matter movement, asking and attempting to answer the question, “Why so angry? Isn’t racism over?”
Today we hear a raw and impassioned message by Pastor Greg Boyd challenging the white church to wake up to our nation's Original Sin of racism.
This past year of doctoral studies for me has been focused on two related topics -- 1) Slavery in the Ancient World and 2) Race & Ethnicity in the Ancient World -- both with an eye to how grasping the ancient past can help better inform our Christian witness in the present day. Along the … Continue reading Racialized Religion
In honor of Black History month, I want to share a piece I wrote last fall in the midst of all the NFL players taking a knee, but did not publish out of fear of ruffing some feathers. But sometimes feathers need to be gently ruffled. Sometimes we need to have our eyes opened and … Continue reading Taking A Knee for Black History Month
My heart breaks for our country and world today. Racial inequality, deep seated mistrust, increasing violence and boiling hatred fill our headlines daily. I write this in the aftermath of the horrific white nationalist rally and car crash in Charlottesville. Followers of Jesus must denounce such evils clearly and in the strongest terms. (Read statement from … Continue reading Ekklesia: A Radical Social Experiment