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 […]