Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. explains how neither racism nor personal responsibility by themselves can explain the current racial tension in American. We must address the “culture of dysfunctionality”.
My wife and I pulled into a gas station where several others were already fueling up. From all appearances, they were “good-ol’-boys”– friendly southern White folks who have risen above the old historically offensive and racially charged “redneck” culture. Good-ol’-boys are light-hearted about their own culture, and appreciate the cultures of others. As we filled […]
While many people are loyal to a single news outlet in their homes, my wife and I take in a considerable amount of daily news from a variety of viewpoints – domestic and foreign, liberal and conservative, and much more. A few nights ago, Fox News featured an audience of articulate African American citizens who […]
In the 1970’s, I visited a picturesque Philadelphia neighborhood of well-kept row-homes owned by middle-class Black folk. Noticing a forest of “for sale” signs littering the front lawns, had I not known better, I would have assumed the proliferation of signs was due to “White flight” – but these were Black homeowners. When I inquired about the […]
by Dr. Carl and Karen Ellis, Regular Contributors Question: What do you get when you cross one theological nerd who spends hours tweaking his keynote lecture presentations with another theological nerd who spent 8 years as a d.j., creating radio commercials? Give up? Answer: You get The Visual Reasoning Series, Episode 1 – Perspectives on […]
Though the Bible is the revealed word of God, its meaning is found in its application. Apart from this, the Bible does not say much to us. In this case, it is not that the Bible isn’t communicating; it’s just that we can’t hear. Not only does God speak through words in the Bible, he […]
This article is Part 2 of a two-part series from Dr. Ellis. Read the first article here. Life in the North was distinctly different for African Americans. The issue was not suffering but marginalization. Thus, a theology of empowerment drove the church in the North. To nullify the effects of marginalization a theology of empowerment […]
by Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr. In the antebellum South, oppression of Black folks was the order of the day. But when a people are subjected to such oppression, they are driven inward, to the depths of the very humanity the oppression is trying to negate. Any cultural expressions that emerge from such suffering will […]