3 MLK quotes that convict me today

3 MLK quotes that convict me today

All quotes are taken from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s essay An Experiment in Love (1958) which he wrote to describe the nonviolent philosophy behind the Montgomery bus boycott. 1. A fifth point regarding nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resistor not only […]

How to Actually Fight for Racial Reconciliation

How to Actually Fight for Racial Reconciliation

5 steps to becoming a racial reconciler Note: The folks at Relevant Magazine asked me to write an “intro to reconciliation” piece to help newbie reconcilers get started. Here’s what I came up with.  These days, as people around the nation become more aware of racial injustice, many young Christians of all races are eager […]

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 […]