Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Truth’s Table: Black Women’s Musings on Life, Love, and Liberation. Preorder your copy today! From the chapter, “DECOLONIZED DISCIPLESHIP” by Ekemini Uwan The irony of all ironies is that I originally wrote this essay, “Decolonized Discipleship,” years ago because an “urban” white evangelical organization reached out and […]
We have the distinct privilege of running an excerpt from Jemar Tisby’s latest book, How to Fight Racism. We hope that you enjoy it and that you will purchase a copy at www.HowToFightRacism.com. Jemar is the founder of The Witness BCC and CEO of The Witness Inc.
Our guest today is no stranger to many of you! The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley, PhD is a New Testament scholar and an Anglican Priest. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared in outlets such as Christianity Today, Washington Post, and of course, The Witness: BCC. He […]
What a special guest we have on the podcast today! If you are familiar with the conversation about reconciliation and justice in the church, you won’t get very far without hearing the name, the Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter Mcneil. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, professor and reconciliation thought leader. Her mission […]
Two-time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author, Lecrae, joins the podcast today to talk about his very busy 2020. He released his album Restoration earlier this year and also recently released his second book: I Am Restored just last week, a story of chaos and hope. The artist “had inspired millions with his redemptive and […]
Today’s episode is fire. Tyler Burns has the honor of interviewing powerhouse theologian and author, Dr. Willie Jennings. This episode is filled with powerful insights that will strike uncomfortably close to home. For the uninitiated, Dr. Willie Jennings is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School. Writing in the […]
Read Part 1 here! White Sight and Black Lives Ellison’s image of the glass eye reminds us that the societal dehumanization of Black people is not the result of a fault in us. The fault resides in the gaze of persons and institutions that blend into “one single white figure.” The locus of moral […]
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! — Matthew 6:22-23 It is a great […]
Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books… ― Richard Wright “Jason Reynolds is on a mission.” This is how the New York Times recently described Reynolds’ work as the writer sought to give voice to the lives of young Black people. In their stories, there is […]
Here’s a list of Black History recommendations that will take more than a month to engage. There are resources listed for adults, high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary school students. There is also a Black History soundtrack that lyrically roots this learning in lament, resilience, resistance, pride, and celebration because our history (and present) is a […]
Eleven novels. Nine works of nonfiction. Over twenty awards. 88 years. We are privileged to keep the gift of thousands of masterfully written pages, but there’s even more about this gifted life that we simply can’t count: The magnitude of her influence on Black writers and readers. The radical mind shifts she inspired. The full […]
It was 1860 and the American slave trade had been outlawed for 50 years.
I only learned of theologian Dr. James H. Cone due to his recent passing in April. Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns discussed the legacy of the late theologian on their Pass The Mic podcast. Donned as the “Godfather of Black Theology,” I was inspired to purchase Cone’s book, “The Cross and The Lynching Tree.” I […]
“The role of a bridge builder sounds appealing until it becomes clear how often that bridge is your broken back.” -Austin Channing Brown
It happens every year. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day and all throughout Black History Month, we hear that Martin had a dream. We see and share clips and excerpts of his famous words in the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Many of us have heard […]
I thought being a black man in America was difficult. This is certainly true, but prior to reading Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ book, “Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength”, I made the incorrect assumption that so many others have made about the plight of the black woman. To be a black […]
In 2013, Christiopher Muther wrote on the connection between instant gratification and impatience in American culture saying, “The demand for instant results is seeping into every corner of our lives, and not just virtually….But experts caution that instant gratification comes at a price: It’s making us less patient.” This is not only true of American […]
It is one thing for African American students to gain admission to Traditionally White Institutions (TWIs), and quite another thing to thrive at them. It is imperative for TWIs to retain their minority students, and there are structures in place that aid in this goal such as academic support, cultural support, and programmatic support. But […]
Surveying Jupiter Hammon’s writing: “Address to the Negros in the State of New York,” Dante Stewart presents Hammon’s vision of God, Redemption, and the Christian Life. There is much to be learned and applied for us Christians today.
Our culture is fascinated by Christians who achieve mainstream recognition. It happens in sports with people like Gabby Douglas and Jeremy Lin. It happens in politics when believers run for office. But nowhere is Christianity in pop-culture more fascinating than in the realm of hip hop. Lecrae Moore (or just Lecrae) has an interesting and […]