Pass The Mic: Phillip Holmes

Jemar and Phillip discuss the future as Phillip steps down as Vice President of the Reformed African American Network.Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe – iTunes – StitcherSocial – @_PassTheMic – Facebook

Co-Founder Phillip Holmes Preaches in Zambia on Sound Doctrine

Love or Lies: Embracing Sound DoctrineCo-founder and Vice President Phillip Holmes preaches on embracing sound doctrine to a Reformed Baptist congregation in Zambia. He explains why false teachers are dangers and how to test doctrine based on what it promotes, using 1 Timothy 1:3-4.Exegetical Point: Sound doctrine promotes the work of God and godliness, while false doctrine promotes…

Pass The Mic: Doctrines Of Grace

Jemar is joined by Jarvis Williams and Phillip Holmes, fresh off the heels of this year’s Legacy Conference 2015, to discuss their sessions on contextualizing the Doctrines of Grace for an urban (and youthful) context.Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe – iTunes – RSSSocial – @_PassTheMic – Facebook

The Legacy Conference: Hope for America’s Urban Centers

Wanting to be part of a national movement of discipleship making and church planting in the urban context, Brian Dye began a multi-ethnic, largely minority led, conference called the Legacy Conference. Dye serves as the director of the Legacy Conference. He also serves as an elder of Legacy Christian Fellowship, a church planting movement seeking to launch a house church in each of Chicago’s 77…

Special RAAN Discount for the Legacy Conference

Through the generosity of the organizers of the Legacy Conference, RAAN is pleased to announce a special registration discount. By using the code below you will pay only $55 for registration, a discount of $30.The Legacy Conference "serves to equip those who are serious about making disciples with biblically-based tools to go out into the world and preach the gospel of Christ." Find our more…

Guiding Hand of God on the RAANetwork

Jemar took a deep breath and pressed “enter”, and with the stroke of a key the Reformed African American Network became official. That was October 2011, and three years later our network has grown to include thousands of people around the country and the world.October 2014 marks the third anniversary of the RAANetwork. Our mission has remained the same—“to address the core concerns of African…

Reflections on the Legacy Conference

Few people know this but the Reformed African American Network almost had a different name. I don’t know what it would have become, but it almost certainly wouldn’t have had “RAAN”as a convenient acronym. Of the many conversations I had with various people about the name, one stands out.RAAN co-founder, Phillip Holmes, and I were on our first trip to the Legacy Conference in 2012. We were…

The Imago Dei and the Minority Experience

This is the third year in a row that Phillip and Jemar will attend the Legacy Conference (legacy movement.org), but it is the first year when we’ll able to present for RAAN. Due to the gracious support of the Legacy organizer, Brian Dye, the Reformed African American Network has its own workshop track called “The Imago Dei and the Minority Experience.”The Image of God is the theme of the…

Persecution in the Global World: An Interview with Carl and Karen Ellis

Editors Note: I chose to use this headline because I thought strong language was appropriate considering the seriousness of what is taking place overseas to our brothers and sisters. I think the phrase "n*gger of the global world" appropriately provides a helpful (though not perfect) visual to the suffering, dehumanization and overall treatment of many Christians in the east. Also the Karen uses…

Press Release: Pass The Mic: Dynamic Voices, Diverse Church

As we continue to address the core concerns of African Americans, the Reformed African American Network has created a helpful worldview primer for a digital generation. And it’s in the form of a high-quality audio podcast appropriately named "Pass the Mic."By interviewing key leaders in the Reformed community, addressing relevant topics and biblically handling controversial issues, Pass the Mic…

What Can Evangelicals Learn from the Doug Wilson and Thabiti Anyabwile Dialogue?

This week Pastor John sits down with co-founder and Vice President, Phillip Holmes, to discuss what evangelicals can learn from the dialogue between Doug Wilson and Thabiti Anyabwile.Tweet this:[Tweet "Doug said in his whole life had no one had treated him with as much respect as Thabiti."][Tweet ""Be like those men in terms of their patient giving the benefit of the doubt." -…

Not the Voice, the Microphone

While many people look to the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) to represent the unified opinion of Reformed Blacks, RAAN is not the voice, it's a microphone.Reformed Blacks Are Not MonolithicIt would be a mistake--though perhaps an understandable one--to read a post on RAAN and suppose, "This is what all Reformed Blacks think about this subject."  The reality is Reformed Blacks are…

RAAN Meet & Greet: Recap

After five days away from family and a 10 hours of airplanes, layovers, and delays, I'm finally back from the TGC Conference ’13 in Orlando.  I could not have predicted the grace God would show us through RAAN and the blessings with which He would shower us.  I'd like to share a recap of the event with our RAANetwork family and give you a few reflections.A Step of FaithMy fellow co-founder,…

Roundup: The Bible & Slavery w/ Doug Wilson, B. Loritts, & T. Anyabwile

Reformed pastor and author, Doug Wilson, wrote a controversial book called Black and Tan.  One of Wilson's major points in the book is that slavery as practiced in the U.S. was not abolished according to biblical standards.  As a result, we continue to experience the ongoing effects of that sin.Wilson states,"That our nation did not remove slavery in the way it ought to have been…

Racism: In Our Hearts and Not Just the South

by Phillip Holmes, Co-FounderYesterday the New York Times released an article in The Opinions Pages entitled "The Good, Racist People" by Ta-Nehisi Coates that I thought was insightful and telling. Here is the opening paragraph:Last month the actor Forest Whitaker was stopped in a Manhattan delicatessen by an employee. Whitaker is one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, with a…

Sho Baraka’s Talented Xth: Album and Tour

By Phillip Holmes, Co-FounderI'm excited about an album that was released today called Talented Xth.This is Sho's first album since he left Reach Records, a well known Christian Hip Hop label. Sho's philosophy of music has changed a bit, which is one of the reasons he left Reach.He released a single recently called Jim Crow which spoke candidly about race relations and his…

RAAN Anniversary Video

October 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN).  RAAN exists to fuel modern reformation in the African American community and our multi-ethnic nation beyond.  So it is fitting that we would release this video on October 31, Reformation Day.This video--featuring Co-Founders Phillip Holmes and Jemar Tisby--is first and foremost a way to say, “Thank…

Why I Married a Black Woman

In 2012, Steven James Dixon, relationship expert and author, wrote a short piece titled, “Why I Married a Black Woman” for Essence. In it Dixon, a black man, lists a string of reasons why he “had to have me a sister”, most of which pointed to cultural similarities. He wants to marry “someone who understands that Thanksgiving means collard greens, cornbread, peach cobbler and honey ham” or his…

Pass The Mic: Year In Review

In many respects this past year was filled with triumphs as well as tribulations for our hosts, RAAN, the country and the world at large. In this special year end episode of Pass The Mic, Jemar and Phillip take a look back at the year that was 2014.Subscribe – iTunes – StitcherSocial – @_PassTheMic – Facebook

Roundtable: Diversity Of Thought in the Black Community

Jemar & Phillip discuss the importance of embracing diversity of thought within the broader black community and refining the integrity of beliefs through scripture rather than culture.[Tweet "“One day we are going to have to give an account on what we tweeted.” - @PhillipMHolmes"][Tweet "“Intellectual integrity enables intellectual diversity.” - @JemarTisby"]