Tom Skinner

I tend to have very different views than most black and white Christians I encounter or read. Few people embody much of my values, worldview, and beliefs as did Tom Skinner. He was a courageous evangelist who dared to both proclaim the good news and challenge injustice, of which he saw as inherently intertwined. While he has gone to be with the Lord, his ideas, books, and words live on. I am very grateful for him and others who have paved the way for folks like me. If you ever get a chance, read a book by Tom Skinner, you won’t be disappointed.

Interviewed by J.R. Briggs

I had the privilige of being interviewed by J.R. Briggs (author, blogger, and pastor) on the subject of race. He is a good dude and it has been a pleasure connecting with him recently. He asked me lively and curious questions that delve into theological, ecclesiological, and sociological arenas.  I invite my readers to jump over there and participate in what will hopefully be a productive and edifying dialogue on an often neglected subject matter in mainstream America. The interview will be split into 2 posts, one on the 29th and the other on the 30th. See it at http://www.jrbriggs.com

Holy Week…

If anyone knows me, they know that I believe that this time ought not only be about remembering Jesus on the cross, but the cross of Jesus ought to be shaping how we live our lives too.  Our lives now ought be continually marked by love, sacrifice, submission, and service to God and others!

Common’s Freestyle – 16 bars

Check out Common as he flows 16 bars… one of the finest emcees and Hip Hop prophets out there today.

Now how can we begin to break away from classical theology and do freestyle theology? What I mean is how can we break from merely memorizing and studying other people’s theology from Europe in the 1500’s and do some theology and studying of our own for our time and our context. Join the cypha…

Can we ever disagree without hateful and dehumanizing language???

I don’t think that civil conversation is possible in the American arena and context.  So much hatred, bigotry, and ignorance has overwhelmed all chances of truly human interaction.  There are some deep ideological differences in our country, and they will never be bridged with the atmosphere of racism and apathy that currently exist.

When I heard what happened to civil rights leader John Lewis I wasn’t  even surprised… and that is what scares me.  It’s like the last year has pushed us backwards in racial progress, rather than forward as many people expected (I actually didn’t).

I must be the only one sick of all this, I just might have to move to the West Indies…

“Without Ceasing”

The amount of hours that the average person consumes media and communication through TV, Computer/Internet, Mp3’s, radio, and cell phones are astronomical.  Many teens express that their social lives would end if they no longer had their phones.  Most of us feel that we NEED these things and can’t go with out them.  If we were to leave the house and drive for 20 minutes and then realize that we forgot our phone at home, most of us would turn back around to get it.  Media and technology are a 24/7 constant part of many of our lives. The unconscious motto many live by is “media and technology without ceasing”.

If we were to leave the house without communion with God, would we turn around to correct the situation.  Is God a life line that we can not go without.  Do you feel like you NEED  constant communication with God?  The apostle Paul calls us to “pray without ceasing”.  It is the constant awareness and communion with God everywhere we go.  What connection is most important for you, staying connected with technology and media or staying connected with God who is the only source of life-giving sustenance?

How are you balancing your life in the midst of Facebook, texting, farmville, wikipedia, google, skype, TV, Ipod, netflix, and your free mobile to mobile calling plan? Freestyle with me…

According to Glenn Beck, I’m a Nazi!

According to Glenn Beck “Social Justice” and “Economic Justice” are code words for communists, socialists, and Nazis.  He warns his listeners to beware of churches and religious leaders who dare to talk about such things. Here is a part of his dialogue…

“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Well, if he is right, then that would make me a Nazi.  Not only me, but I would have good company with Jesus who started using justice as a code word. Take a look at Luke 11:42 and Matthew 23:23. Jesus not only talks about justice, but he curses those who neglect justice, which he calls a “weightier matter” to other religious activities.

If I am going to be slandered, I am okay with it if it is in following Christ.  “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others” (Matthew 23:23).