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…


Southern Baptist seminary presidents reaffirm their commitment to whiteness

At the recent annual meeting of the Council of Seminary Presidents…


More Undignified Than This: The Legacy of Rance Allen

With COVID-19, this election, voter suppression, racism, brutality, and natural…


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,…