My last post I considered how Western Christianity denigrated Barabbas by taking Barabbas’ ethnicity out of the equation as well as ignoring the socio-political context. This was all compounded by a tradition of sloppy exegesis which distorted the clear depiction of an insurrectionist into a mindless serial killer. However, I would like to consider whyContinue reading “Barabbas Comparison & Jesus’ Significance”
Category Archives: Incarnational
Is an Other-Oriented Church Possible?
Last week I had a good conversation with an old college friend on the subject of Church. To be fair, there was a lot of venting and criticizing going down. This was because we both saw American Churches as primarily institutionalized religious organizations that are self-oriented clubs that have lost its capacity to be saltContinue reading “Is an Other-Oriented Church Possible?”
Christ’s Victory In Light Of The Cross
How significant is it that Christ was victorious over the authorities and the empire, which were actually the ones to sentence him to death? American Christians do not often talk about the cross in that type of manner, not being necessarily concerned with the social implications, but rather emphasize the cross’ ability to offer personalContinue reading “Christ’s Victory In Light Of The Cross”
Black History: Focusing in on Bonhoeffer???
It could be seen as a bit strange to be focusing in on a white person during black history month, right? After all, the whole purpose of black history month is to finally learn about the experiences, culture, and heritage of black people in a culture that only values white history, culture, and literature. Nonetheless,Continue reading “Black History: Focusing in on Bonhoeffer???”
I am currently in a World Religions course at Biblical Seminary (a great place to learn for anyone interested in studying in the Philadelphia area, especially if your interested in the urban context.) Anyway, one question that I am forced to wrestle with over and over again while thinking about folks all around the worldContinue reading “Other Religions”
A Child is Born
We don’t know exactly what Jesus looked like, in the Occident most portrayals of Jesus are blond haired and blue eyed. Some scholars are describing him as Afro-Asiatic in descent given his background, geography, and the common ethnic mixing of that particular time. While we don’t know exactly what he looked like, I always appreciateContinue reading “A Child is Born”
A Song from Mark Williams from The Pittsburgh Project
Had the pleasure of hearing him perform this song over the summer when I took some youth there for a week of service. All I can say is powerful!!! (Oh and excuse the bad camera work, they were moving it all around at the end).
The Cat and the Toaster
This is a great book I’m reading… this is the second book in a row that I have posted without finishing it. Nonetheless it is a great read. I do plan to finish, but I also have school stuff I’m working on now that class has started back that will “distract” me from the realContinue reading “The Cat and the Toaster”
Urban Retreat Center…
Why is it that when we go on retreats it is always to rural areas? We always go out into the country to meet and hear from God, but why don’t we ever retreat in urban contexts? Can’t we also take time to intentionally dwell in the city to hear God? Does God only speakContinue reading “Urban Retreat Center…”
Most churches seem to have their members on a short leash. Think about it, while most churches “teach” that the members need to go out and witness to others, they have everyone shackled and busy inside the church. Who are considered the most faithful people in the church? Usually they are the ones who commitContinue reading “Unleashed…”