Two weekends ago I saw my favorite band, Metallica, for the third time. A downside of living in Richmond is that major concerts don't come through town like they did in Chicago. So my family made a quick road trip down to Atlanta. My parents came up from Florida to watch our kids so that my wife, … Read more about The Good News According to Metallica
I woke up this morning to discover that the gun violence in Chicago was severe enough over the holiday weekend to make the national news. Later in the day my good friend and ministry partner Ronnie Matthew Harris sent me this piece he wrote yesterday. His is an important voice to hear in these days … Read more about Guest Post: What to an African American is the Fourth of July?
Last's night's post suggesting that Tom Brady's "Deflategate" punishment (or lack thereof) is an example of white privilege has really blown up. I've been tracking the comments on my blog, my Facebook page, and on the pages of people who have shared my post. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of people … Read more about This Is Also White Privilege
At the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church we read prayer cards written by the congregation during the communion liturgy. Yesterday one of the prayers I read was about white privilege. After the service a young white man approached me to ask what I meant by white … Read more about This is White Privilege
Yesterday Anthony Smith, who blogs at postmodernnegro.com, published a guest post on Tony Jones' blog reflecting on Ferguson. Building on a notion from Jacques Derrida, he wondered if racial justice in America is a possibility---only a possibility that will never be realized. This is too … Read more about I Can’t Live Without Hope
The grand jury decision on Monday to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown has been hard for me to process. Since this blog is a place for me to think out loud, here's a bit of what I'm thinking and feeling. I've never had a job that authorizes me to … Read more about Thinking about Ferguson
I haven't publicly commented on the Phil Robertson controversy these past few weeks. I've never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, so I don't have much context other than what I've seen in news reports. Honestly, I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt intended to stir up old culture war … Read more about BBQ Dynasty
I'm past the half way mark of the DMin class I'm taking with Lillian Daniel this week on "Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism." While I'm still not sure that we've articulated an answer to the question of why church should matter to those who would prefer "spiritual but not religious," … Read more about Church is a Tool, But For What Purpose?