Author Archives: stephen matlock

Taking the Next Step

By | January 20, 2017

I recently participated in a live video-conference discussing Dr. Hart’s book “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism (https://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Ive-Seen-Changing-Church/dp/1513800000). We had a class of disparate people of this country, representing (at least) three Christian faith communities, and we talked about the essentials of Dr. Hart’s book. I came away with great encouragement,… Read More »

Why Honor Dr. King?

By | January 16, 2017

Reposted from 2010,  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  I wrote this as a quick email in response to some scurrilous nonsense forwarded to me, nonsense written by a white Christian eager to point out to me that Dr. King was a flawed man, too flawed to be honored and acknowledged. N.B. 2016. I’ve… Read More »

It’s Time for Black Americans to Forgive White People. Or Is It?

By | November 30, 2016

I run this community discussion (moderated) about white racism in America and the white American church, using the book “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” (Dr. Drew G. I. Hart, 2016). We’re in the eighth chapter, and a question came up, offered by one of the participants. (For relevancy but not… Read More »

The Non-Whiteness of Jesus

By | November 22, 2016

I got to thinking the other day about how we see Jesus and Jesus’ teachings expressed in the lives of his followers. And I began thinking about how hard it is to reconcile our Christian behavior with our Christ. Traditionally, orthodox Christianity means a religion centered around the Christ of the New Testament, where what… Read More »