Relief After the Insurrection

The morning of January 7, 2021, was a relief. I know that relief isn’t what…


Blackness isn't exhausting; racism is

“Being black is exhausting.” A common refrain heard from the voices of…


Resurrection Sunday in Alabama’s Black Belt

Have you ever attended a Black Baptist church in rural Alabama for…


Abuse and Accountability: An ethic of resistance

In her national bestseller Salvation: Black People and Love, author bell hooks…


Candy-coated Poison: Rejecting Spoon-fed Religion

You learn a lot by feeding a child. They are creatures of habit with sensitive…


Oh, To Be Free

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”…


Lift Ev’ry Voice: Encountering Hope in Our National Anthem

Widely known as the African American National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and…


The Vantage Points of Our Self-Image: Reclaiming the Narrative

2021. The year of reclamation.Like many others, I have encountered more…


Heroes and Villains in the Face of Black Humanity

In the summer of 2017, I had the privilege of touring Washington, D.C. and…


Vindicate me, O Lord: A Prayer of Lament

"Do you trust me enough to let me vindicate you?" Did you vindicate my…


Black Un-dignity is Resistance

Once again, America’s racist chickens have come home to roost, but I don’t…


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The Gift of... (Part 2)

Read Part 1 of "The Gift of..."Hope is this beautiful gift that emerges…


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The Gift of...(Part 1)

“Bells will be ringing the glad, glad news/ Oh, what a Christmas to have…


I Almost Walked Away: An Election Day Reflection

In the time leading up to the 2016 election, I noticed how a conservative…


I See You

In reading Dante Stewart’s piece about the powerful stories of young Black…


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Faith & Work: Corporate Discipleship for the “Onlys”

You accept the job to work for an organization. As you began to get settled in,…


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Raising Black Children in a Racist Society

Racism is a major burden that weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of many…


Black Joy and Co-Crucifixion with Christ

“Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud” (1969) was an anthem of Black joy as we…


What Did God Really Say? Reflections on Candice Benbow & Dr. Howard John Wesley — Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here!Paul vs Jesus?Another case Benbow makes is that…


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Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau’s Death and Misogyny in the Black Community

“Almost everything that’s ever gone wrong in my life I can trace back to a…