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Safe at Starbucks?

“I used to barely drink Starbucks, now I’m drinking pour-overs…” -Jacob and…


Missional. Black. Gentrifiers?

Straight out the gate, I’m asking you to allow me to dream a bit as I write.…


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Greenleaf and Gospel Music

I’m a fan of the TV show "Greenleaf." The fact that the show has the Oprah…


prayer

When Prayer Doesn’t Work

Our Western/American culture can often be characterized by suffocating anxiety.…


police

Tone Police—Serve and Deflect

F*ck the police! Comin' straight from the undergroundA young ni**a got it bad…


Black and Believable

“A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any…


On Black History: From Platitudes to Participation

My wife and I recently watched the movie, Hidden Figures. We thoroughly enjoyed…


Naiveté, Nuance, and Narratives: Grieving Tyre King

I woke up the morning of Sept. 14 to a text that a 13 year old boy was shot…


Black Lives Matter and Adoption

The recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille has given us cause…


Hype, Hope, and Hip Hop

“Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ Is a Gospel Rap Masterpiece” reads the…


Adding Friends in the Faith

About 7 years ago, I started seriously considering the beauty of diversity in…


Hostages to Homogeny: Why I’m Done with “Racial Reconciliation”

If I’m 100% honest—I’m tired of talking about racial reconciliation. I’m not…


The Sell Out: Abandonment and the "Black Church" Tradition

“But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood…


Being Found Faithful in Charleston

The country is reeling. Black voices are again amplified with the rage, sorrow,…


Clearly, We Are on the Same Page

Last night, I watched the cell phone video coverage of the shooting of Walter…


Forgiveness: A Preemptive Pursuit

Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some…


The "God Aesthetic"

"I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall…


Family Talk: The Nature of Christian Disagreement

Scenario:Christian A meets Christian B for lunch. Small talk ensues, with the…