A few months ago, I carpooled with a friend after work, and the song “Unpretty” by TLC came on. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, TLC discusses a common issue among women: our struggle to embrace and love our God-given beauty. 17 years after the single’s release, I am still one of those women TLC […]
The first question in the Westminster Larger Catechism is what is the chief end of mankind? The answer is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. The answer means that God created male and female in his own image, so that they would find their joy in him and that they would glorify (honor) him […]
Even though many Christians recognize racism as a sin, we do not name the exact nature of the sin. James, the brother of Jesus, labels racism and other -isms as sins of “partiality.” The opening verses of James 2 explain how the sin of partiality works, especially in regard to economic class. It reads: 1 […]
There is no shortage of materials written about the disintegration of the black family. Many have noted black families often have one parent households or have children that were born out of wedlock. The familial brokenness in some black communities has caused different cultural commentators to offer reasons as to why certain black communities are […]
Reading Scripture is a life changing discipline. In this article, RAAN President, Jemar Tisby, explores the omni-directional blessing of Bible reading.
My wife is a designer. It’s glorious. She is. There are times I’ll nearly get lost walking into a room in my own house. Hey, uh…where did the couch go? Furniture-rearranging inspiration strikes unpredictably. Doing life with my wife, I’ve also been introduced to certain design terms and concepts. Here’s one you might be familiar […]
I can still smell his smoke-filled, alcohol-infused breath. I can feel the cactus-like prickles of his beard. One kiss was all he took, but it felt like much more was lost. And it was. Mr. Piggy, as folks called him, was a scruffy old man, but seemingly harmless. He and his wife owned a makeshift […]
The title may seem strange for a site that speaks from a Reformed perspective. I do find it is quite common for Reformed folks to express Christianity from a Reformed context including verbiage that is distinct to the Reformed tradition. And this makes sense if you have embraced Reformed theology. But I’m sensitive to it, […]
In a follow-up post, Darryl Dawson delves into the subject of intimacy, and explains why singles don’t have to wait till marriage to experience deep intimacy.
Jimmy Butts draws from the Book of Esther to argue why privileged African-Americans should advocate for causes of all African-Americans.
My family and I recently attended the dinner and prayer night at our local church. One of the deacons recommended we start our night of prayer by going around the table to say a prayer of thankfulness. One after another, the people at our table thanked God for the blessing and privilege of growing up in […]
In Christ, there is no superior race. In Christ, there is only a superior God. We know the world has hate tactics, but let’s remember we don’t have to demean other races to elevate ours.
In this 2-part series, Kristie Anyabwile give us insight into the type of friendships we should seek and cultivate.
In this article, RAAN contributor Jeremy Johnson shares his thoughts on his wife’s miscarriage, and how he encouraged himself through grief by using God’s Word.
A quick reminder from Joseph Solomon on the importance of context when reading Scripture.
The other day, I picked up a little book that has the markings of being the next prayer of Jabez. You remember that book, right? Bruce Wilkinson leveraged one verse in an historical narrative to promote and popularize a concept that had little to do with what is prescriptive for our Christian life today. But […]
There are two prominent schools of thought within conservative Protestant circles that continue to clash over what Christianity is about because their starting points comprise different biblical theological visions. I use the word “prominent” here because I fully recognize that there are other more nuanced voices in the Christian diaspora. No “binaries” or “false dichotomies” […]
by Reddit Andrews God’s gospel is a sacred trust. We do not stand, like Paul, at the turning point of redemptive history; yet, we can all echo the deep joy that welled up within him when considering that he had been, “approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” (1Thess. 2:4). With this entrustment […]