Taking Spit: When spiritual abuse masquerades as anointing

My good friend Jemar Tisby recently wrote an excellent article for The Witness…


To the Pastors of the TikTok Generation

By now, you’ve probably encountered the infamous video of Pastor Mike Todd of…


Freedom and the Black Church on Juneteenth

The Black church is at the center of emancipatory events like Juneteenth.…


The Cost of Leaving

Let me keep it buck: church hurt sucks. And when you #LeaveLOUD, church hurt…


Relief After the Insurrection

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


5 Signs That You Need to #LeaveLOUD

Black Christians often enter predominantly white or multiethnic churches…


Resurrection Sunday in Alabama’s Black Belt

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


Easter Mourning

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…” Isaiah 53:4For…


Candy-coated Poison: Rejecting Spoon-fed Religion

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


Burn It All: Refusing to Reconcile with Compromise

The division caused by racism in American Christianity reminds me of the plot…


Christian Nationalism: An Unholy Union

Imagine beating a brown-skinned man beyond recognition, hanging the mutilated…


God of Sorrows: A Lenten Prayer

God of Sorrows,We cry holy for a God who is moved to tears when met with…


God of the Desert: A Lenten Prayer

God of the Desert,We are grateful that You are a God who does not lead us…


Yet I Still Hope: A Lenten Reflection

I have been a Christian for most of my 35 years, but 2020 was the first time…


God of the Dust: An Ash Wednesday Prayer

God of the Dust, We praise you for being a Maker who is capable of…


No More Black History Bulletin Boards

Black History Month is a too often missed opportunity for religious formation.…


Why haven't you left yet?

Dear Black Christian in a predominantly white or “multiethnic” church, ……


What's Jesus got to do with it? The present Black Christian dilemma

Content Warning: This post contains a description of domestic violence. As…


The Noise of Your Songs

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Joel's personal blog, and…


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The Gift of...(Part 1)

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