Most now know that Richard Twiss recently passed away. I was fortunate enough to hear him speak when he visited my church when I was on staff at Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church. Anyway, just wanted to share this video of him being interviewed.
The reality of whiteness affording privilege in America continues to be a touchy subject in our nation. While many (not all) would agree that minorities are marginalized and discriminated against, somehow the idea of some necessarily being disadvantaged does not automatically translate into privilege for those who enjoy dominant places in American society. The truthContinue reading “Emptying Whiteness: Engaging In Absurd Christian Social Performance”
I shared a couple tweets on the subject, but other than that I have not really said much about the Kony 2012 agenda. I have mixed feelings critiquing the movement, because on one hand I do see the impact of Kony and the LRA as horrific and needing appropriatehuman response and on the other handContinue reading “Kony 2012: American Atrocities, Simplistic Solutions, and Christ Crucified”
(I am thankful for the opportunity to have a guest post from Kevin Sweeney. He is a true follower of Jesus, intellect, theologian, and friend of marginalized people. I have been personally encouraged by his transparency as he discusses, exposes, and confronts white privilege and systemic racism as a white male himself. His honesty,Continue reading “Tribal Talk: Exorcism and White Supremacy (Guest Post By Kevin Sweeney)”
Mitt Romney recently made an interesting comment about his lack of concern for poor people. According to him, we need not care about poor people because America has a safety net. Rather, he is concerned with America’s middle class because they are the ones who are struggling. Yes, that’s right, the people with more resourcesContinue reading “Politics of Poor Plight and Prophetic Priorities: A Brief Response to Mitt Romney”
Today I finished a book by Jon Paul, called Empire of Sacrifice. He is a professor at Lutheran Seminary here in Philly, and one of the people I plan on connecting with to see if our academic interests line up enough for me to work with them in doctoral work. The book is primarily moreContinue reading “Empire of Sacrifice”
What does God require of you? Do justice (actively and intentionally), love mercy (not reluctantly), and walk humbly (through service) with God.
I had a great conversation with some friends and our discussion found its way to the discussion of church. I know, me talking about the nature of the Church, surprise surprise!!! Anyways, one friend knowing my long term goal to do a church plant, asked how I would ensure that I did not fall intoContinue reading “Not Different but Faithful”
Here is old footage of Billie Holiday performing her classic song Strange Fruit. Strange Fruit is a powerful and vivid song describing the henous lynchings that took place in the south. The strange fruit was the dead black bodies that were left hanging on the trees. This practice of lynching black bodies (especially black males)Continue reading “Lynchings: Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday”