The Witness

The Journey from RAAN to “The Witness: A Black Christian Collective”

Comments (19)
  1. Vuyi says:

    Love the mission! Where can I get info on having a piece considered for submission?

  2. Everett Thomas says:

    I only recently discovered your podcast, and only listened to it for the second time today, when you were announcing the name change. I chuckled when one of you (Tyler?) joked that he wondered how many listeners you would lose by dropping the “reformed” tag. I happen to be a white brother who cares very deeply about my black brothers and sisters. I was interested in the podcast in order to gain more insight into issues that you would hopefully discuss. Ironically, the “reformed” tag put me off a little. Although I’ve been reformed myself, I’ve changed some of my views as a consequence of my interaction with the larger Body of Christ. So, in an odd twist for me at least, the fact that you’re dropping “reformed” in recognition that there are other credible streams of orthodox Christianity makes me even more likely to look to you as a valuable resource. So, Amen brothers!

  3. William Douglas says:

    !) I appreciate the thoughts and understand — I believe — the point being made.

    2) I consider us both brothers and servants of the one true Savior. I hear in this announcement — and hope I am correct — that such is reciprocated.

    3) I would not seek to minimize your experience or unique perspective and appreciate that you are trying to say that Christ and salvation is THE reality out of which we speak and live — other things are smaller.

    4) is there to be a message for the non-black audience other than “Here is who we are and what life on our side of the wall is like?”

    5) Some affirmation/re-affirmation of gospel ID points is probably going to help the rest of us if we are still welcome.

    (My best to Otis Pickett)

  4. Bill Emanon says:

    Wass the haps Jemar? You need to get Ron Burns aka Thabiti Anyabwile on board this ship. When you start talking about the need for reformation of the black culture you’ll have some credibility , at least on “social” issues.

    But if you keep telling “blacks folks” (your phrase, not mine) that the problem is on the other side of the cultural divide, and their culture is just as valid as anyone else’s, then you and Ron-aka-Thabiti will continue to perpetuate minority politics and the non-gospel of “reverse racism”.

  5. Edward Royster says:

    Yes! Great name change. A witness is someone who has seen a event and can speak to it. When we identify with Christ it has a command attached to it. Be a “Witness”. I find that the black Christian experience has moved too far from sharing our faith to just learning about our faith.

    Be blessed as you endeavor to enlighten the masses.

    1. Sandy says:

      How can I be apart and contribute? Someone please email me.
      Thank you!!

      1. Elodie Quetant says:

        Sending now!

  6. Hans Rees says:

    Hi, been reading and following you since 2012 from Africa. Make you tent larger. Invite reformed christins in Africa to be part of this as well.

  7. Jonathan Newman says:

    May the Lord bless you and your ministry, using it to give sight to the blind and freedom to the captives!

  8. I’m loving this change. I feel more directly that you’re speaking to me now, and I’m more likely to share what I read here, because I don’t have to deal with the baggage of what “reformed” means.

  9. Love the look. Love the mission. Love the Witness. Thank you.

  10. Carlos says:

    I came at first because I found out that there were other African Americans who were reformed and I needed to hear your voice even as I live overseas. You’ve got me hooked now and I’ll stay even with a name change.

  11. Conrad Deitrick says:

    Love it!

  12. Hansoo Jin says:

    Awesome! Thankful for your wisdom and payig for you all.

  13. Vaughn says:

    Thank you for the clarity around the name change. As soon as I saw The Witness I immediately thought about Jehovah Witness. Do you think there will be some confusion?

    1. Kim says:

      I also thought the same about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  14. Beautiful! This is encouraging and a bold reminder that theology helps us understand God but isn’t our God. Praying for you all in this!

  15. Daniel Kleven says:

    I love it! This shift in a name captures perfectly the complex dynamics within Christianity in the 21st century. I came on board in part because of the “R” in RAAN — I’m gladly staying on board without it.

  16. Art Denney says:

    Press on!

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