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That Time When a Preacher Pushed to Keep Slave Families Together and for the Continuation of Slavery…in the Same Sermon

Christians are certainly right to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions for citing Romans 13 as a reason to support the separation of children from their parents under a draconian immigration policy at the border. Studying history, however, makes one aware how of how inconsistent religious people can be when it comes to justice. Christians of … Continue reading That Time When a Preacher Pushed to Keep Slave Families Together and for the Continuation of Slavery…in the Same Sermon

We Return Fighting: How Memorial Day Can Mean Something Different for African American Soldiers

*This post originally appeared on The Witness: A Black Christian Collective* Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. By setting aside a time to recall soldiers who died fighting for this nation, American citizens rightly honor their sacrifice and that of their family and friends. What often gets overlooked in the observance of Memorial Day, … Continue reading We Return Fighting: How Memorial Day Can Mean Something Different for African American Soldiers

James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

– This post by Jemar originally appeared here at Religion News Service –     (RNS) – On April 26 America received its first-ever memorial dedicated to the more than 4,000 victims of lynching in this country. Two days later, James Cone, the acclaimed author of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” died. The opening of … Continue reading James Cone, the cross, and the lynching memorial

The Most Uncomfortable Part about Writing a Book

I decided to write my forthcoming book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, because I could not conscience going to another church or Christian organization to speak about racial justice only to see nothing change afterwards. A Historical Approach My work involves preaching and teaching about the how racism … Continue reading The Most Uncomfortable Part about Writing a Book

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