Liberating the Incarnation

Liberating the Incarnation

More often than many of us would like to admit, powerful Christians have held captive the truth of the incarnation rather than releasing it in order to dismantle society’s inequitable power structures. I turned 34 on Aug. 9, the day that black teenager Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, […]

Black-on-Black Violence: Pastor Voddie Baucham’s Assault on Black People

Black-on-Black Violence: Pastor Voddie Baucham’s Assault on Black People

By Austin Channing Brown, Christena Cleveland, Drew Hart and Efrem Smith So God created human beings in his own image. Genesis 1:27 As black evangelical leaders, we believe it is important to respond to The Gospel Coalition’s publishing of Pastor Voddie Baucham’s Thoughts on Ferguson, a perspective we deem to be extremely anti-black. First, we […]

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Advent/Darkness

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:2 In post-Ferguson America, now more than ever, we must rescue Advent from its Western cultural captivity. I sigh with relief when I’m reminded that Advent isn’t what so […]

7 Signs that Jesus Reveals Himself Most Clearly to the Oppressed

7 Signs that Jesus Reveals Himself Most Clearly to the Oppressed

About a year ago, I was invited to speak at a conference in the Southeast. The conference theme was “Just Jesus” and the speakers were asked to focus on the life and mission of Jesus. I was initially excited by the invitation but when I discovered that 24 of the 27 speakers (88%) were influential […]

What Does It Mean to be Black-ish?

What Does It Mean to be Black-ish?

How “Exceptional” African-Americans Still Bolster Our Stereotypes In high school, I took a class called “The Black Experience in White America,” studying stacks of books on critical race theory, reels of historical documentaries, and pages of prose written by African Americans. The course asked: What does it mean to be black in America? For me, […]

Social Justice for Single People

Social Justice for Single People

I’ve been a social justice warrior since midway through the first grade. The “new girl” in my class, who also happened to be blind, was unable to participate in our lunchtime kickball game. I responded by declaring that we couldn’t play kickball anymore because the game excluded Melissa. Then I staged a sit-in; I lined all […]

Young protestors lighting and preparing to launch a Molotov cocktail at Ferguson police

The Cross and the Molotov Cocktail

[Content note: discussion and photos of lynching and other forms of brutality]   Can you see the Imago Dei in these young men? Can you see the suffering Christ in their rage? This morning at church, the black female preacher said aloud what many of us have been thinking: that Ferguson could have happened in […]