white pools

White Pools, Black Lives, and the Sacrament of Baptism

In the movie "Life," Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence walk into a restaurant in…


hbcu

Ignoring Wakanda: The History and Fate of HBCUs

Imagine a place where a sea of melanin-enriched faces washes over the terrain.…


woke

Where Are All the Black Evangelicals: The Rise of Woke Evangelicalism

Been in the ‘burbs for quite some time,But I still might hit up the gas…


Confessions of a Black Seminarian

This article was first published on John C. Richards’ personal blog. You can…


Is Tithing Biblical?

This article was first published on John C. Richards’ personal blog. You can…


4 Tips For Healthy Christian Dating

This article was first published on John C. Richards’ personal blog. You can…


Black Religious Okie Doke – Myth #5: Jesus as Copycat God

Nobody likes a copycat. Whether it’s at school, sitting for an exam or seeing…


Black Religious Okie Doke - Myth #4: Nicaea and the Great Deception

This article and series was first published on John C. Richards' personal blog.…


Black Religious Okie Doke - Myth #3: Slavery and the White Man's Religion

This article and series was first published on John C. Richards' personal blog.…


Black Religious Okie Doke - Myth #2: Problems with the King James Bible

This article and series was first published on John C. Richards, the author's…


Black Religious Okie Doke - Myth #1: J is For Jesus?

This article and series was first published on John C. Richards, the author's…


African Americans and the Religious Okie Doke

This article and series was first published on John C. Richards, the author's…


Fences Movie: A Christian Reflection

This movie review originally appeared on John's personal blog, and has been…


Potty Politics: Patience in the Midst of Legislative Turmoil

Many years ago the educational program Schoolhouse Rock! was a mainstay in my…


The Theology of Suffering and Reformed African Americans

Strange FruitStrange fruit: blacks hanging from trees in the colonial South.…


A Dream Conferred: King Day Reflections

"It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of [this] moment."…


Black Lives and the 'Perfect Victim' Illusion

Fact-Checking Before LamentingWe don’t really know all the facts. Those are…


2 Reasons I Will Never Own A Gun

This article was first seen on John's personal blog on October 12,2015. It has…


planned parenthood

Black Christians, Personhood, and Planned Parenthood

Today, Scott Peterson sits on death row in a San Quentin prison, convicted of…


Barack Obama and Amazing (G)Race

On Friday, Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, sang…