Upcoming Book- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is a name you should know.  This woman of God is a prolific blogger, a burgeoning conference speaker, and now she's an author.  Her forthcoming book, United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity, combines Trillia's touching personal story with timeless biblical truth.  In it she conveys her heart for a more racially and ethnically … Continue reading Upcoming Book- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

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?

Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel

Conversation with my wife's grandmother, Daisy, had been cordial and mostly forgettable...until she started talking about her childhood as a sharecropper. My wife, my son, me and Ms. Daisy had been driving in the car on our way back from Kansas City, Missouri after spending Easter with my in-laws.  A surge of wakefulness knocked me … Continue reading Driving Miss Daisy: A Conversation about Sharecropping, Racism, and the Gospel