The Good News According to Metallica

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

Guest Post: What to an African American is the Fourth of July?

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?

This Is Also White Privilege

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

I Can’t Live Without Hope

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

BBQ Dynasty

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

Church is a Tool, But For What Purpose?

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?