How can one be truly free if she or he is not free to worship in spirit and in truth?
In the current state of public discourse offensive statements have become commonplace. I tend to ignore most of those comments, but occasionally some of them deserve a response. After reading Rod Dreher’s blog post entitled “Of Shitholes and Second Thoughts” I decided this is one of those perspectives that cannot go unchallenged. I shared my […]
The water fountains and signs may have been taken down, but our country’s sordid past still required addressing systemic issues that disproportionately impacted Black communities.
Celebrated for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, her greatest contribution is the model she gave on the Christian life.
30-year-old Charleena Lyles had 3 children (ages 11, 4, and 1), and was pregnant with her fourth, who watched and listened as their mother was gunned down. They heard the pleading, promises, screams and gun blasts echo throughout their apartment. Dae’ Anne, the 4-year-old daughter of Diamond Reynolds, was in the backseat of Philando Castille’s […]
June 17 marks the anniversary of the murder of the Emanuel Nine. A white supremacist sat through a Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina and then he started firing. In the end, nine black believers lay dead. We say their names: Rev. Clementa Pickney (41) Cynthia Hurd (54) Rev. […]
Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, recently spoke on The Ezra Klein Show and shared his thoughts about Confederate monuments, justice and repentance. Stevenson knows what he’s talking about when it comes to these topics. Born and raised in the segregated South, he has experienced firsthand what it’s like to grow up in […]
Charlottesville is an hour away from me. I’ve visited several times, attended a few college basketball and football games, and even preached in a few churches in the area. So when I saw the recent pictures of a “protest” led by white nationalists and held around a statue of Robert E. Lee, it was infuriating, […]
February 26, 2012 marked a resurgence of the civil rights movement in America. Seven years ago, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American was walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and iced tea. Moments later, he was fatally shot by a neighborhood watchman. The circumstances of Martin’s killing polarized the nation […]
One of the reasons many evangelicals struggle to understand systemic racism and injustice is that we often limit sin to individual acts and attitudes, and we fail to see that the social, political, and economic systems that sinful people put in place are also infected. When I visited my home this past Christmas, I remembered […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Jemar and Tyler are joined by Pastor for New City Fellowship OPC – Grand Rapids MI, Dr. Mika Edmondson to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Here are some quotes from this interview: Jemar: A lot of times, I’ll see scholarships studying the civil rights movement, […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Jemar and Tyler are joined by Dr. Nicole Baker Fulgham, Founder & President of The Expectations Project, as well as Zakiya Jackson, Director of Partnership for The Expectations Project to talk about Education in America. Subscribe – iTunes – Satchel – RSS Social – @_PassTheMic – Facebook
The Death Penalty is a constant source of political and Christian debate. Like many conservative evangelicals, I upheld the death penalty and even admired those states that instituted more streamlined paths to complete the death sentence. I’ve since changed. Two recent realizations showed me that while I still support the ability and authority of the […]
While his play on the field has suffered considerably over the past two seasons, causing him to lose his starting position, Colin Kaepernick, the once revered quarterback, famous for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations, has managed to remain a fixture in the media spotlight. During the pre-game ceremony of the singing the national anthem, the quarterback […]
This article, written by Ernest Grant II, was first published on his site. Find more great content here. Grant is a pastor at Epiphany Fellowship Church – Camden. I rolled my eyes in disgust as he raised his voice at her, but deep in my soul, I felt powerless to defend her honor. This wasn’t the […]