The Juneteenth of the Soul

Today is Juneteenth.  June 19, 1865 commemorates the day when the Emancipation Proclamation that declared all slaves free was announced to citizens in the state of Texas.  Although the proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, it wasn't until after the war ended that it had any real effects. A Day of Freedom African Americans … Continue reading The Juneteenth of the Soul

Can a White Woman Marry a Black Man?

Pastor John Piper responds to the question, "Can a white woman marry a black man?" in this 7 minute audio segment of "Ask Pastor John." Here are a few quotes... "There are two basic restrictions on marriage in the Bible: Number one, he should be a man. Number two, he should be a believer." "When Christ came … Continue reading Can a White Woman Marry a Black Man?

The “R” Word: The Use and Misuse of the Term “Racist”

You might call it dropping the "R" bomb.  But no matter what you label it, few words in our culture cause as much controversy as the "R" word: Racist. I talk and write about race-related matters a lot--mostly in regard to the Gospel and the church in America (for example, here, here, and here).  I've … Continue reading The “R” Word: The Use and Misuse of the Term “Racist”

“Is It Safe There?”: Code Words for Racism?

A seemingly harmless question about safety can mask deep-seated racism.  Sometimes "Is it safe?" or "That's not a good part of town," are code words for "I'm afraid of [insert black or brown-skinned minority] people." I recently came across an article by Brian Dahlen (a White brother) entitled, "Is It Safe There?", where Brian states … Continue reading “Is It Safe There?”: Code Words for Racism?