To many, the death of Walter Scott appeared to be the most clear-cut case among many tragic shootings of unarmed black men by law enforcement. After all, he was unarmed and shot multiple times in the back while fleeing on foot — an incident clearly (it seemed) captured on video. That’s why the news that […]
Author: Duke Kwon
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. The International Day(s) of Prayer for the Persecuted Church are on November 6 and 13. With so many American Christians understandably anxious about the results of the election, I cannot think of a better way to frame the Election than with prayerful remembrance of faithful, marginalized Christians. Learning from […]
Jesus didn’t (and doesn’t) fit neatly into any political party. His kingdom is “not of this world.” Therefore, we should expect the values and priorities of that “alien kingdom” both to transect and to transcend the political categories of the world. Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. OK. But, practically speaking, what does […]
Incivility in American politics is hardly new. Politicians and ordinary citizens alike have long bemoaned “the divisive tone of politics.” But this year’s presidential race seems to have broken new ground. We’ve beheld an embarrassing litany of personal invective, verbal aggression, puerile put-downs, and playground insults. We’re now at the point where the presidential debates […]
Dear Christians of color, This is your time. In many respects, the problems of racism and interracial dysfunctionality in America appear more intractable than ever. And yet, there also appears to be, in the Church, an unprecedented opportunity for growth and change. As Prof. Theon Hill recently wrote, “More and more Christians realize that in […]
Duke Kwon delivered this talk on June 22, 2016, during the Presbyterian Church in America’s General Assembly in Mobile, AL. The night before the historic vote on the overture on racial reconciliation, about 400 PCA pastors and elders of various racial backgrounds gathered for a night of fellowship, singing, and prayer. Duke Kwon was invited to […]
My wife is a designer. It’s glorious. She is. There are times I’ll nearly get lost walking into a room in my own house. Hey, uh…where did the couch go? Furniture-rearranging inspiration strikes unpredictably. Doing life with my wife, I’ve also been introduced to certain design terms and concepts. Here’s one you might be familiar […]
Duke Kwon shares conversations from his household, and insight from the book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations About Race by Dr. Tatum. After all, our children are not color blind.
“Everything is broken,” Bob Dylan lamented with timeless insight. And who wouldn’t agree? Both the testimony of truth and of tears tell you, indeed daily, that everythinlg is broken. But there are also days when things feel more broken than usual, when the world appears more dysfunctional, more deranged, more disfigured by evil than it’s […]
In this article, Duke Kwon reviews Coates’ Between The World And Me. Kwon shows us how the language used in this book regarding black “bodies” finds critical resonance with Christian theology.