Category Archives: challenges

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 »

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 »

Choosing Among Kaepernick, Sherman, Wilson, Newton, Marshall, and Others

By | September 11, 2016

Recently Colin Kaepernick has made a visible attempt to express his own evaluation of his person and his place in American society. Colin Kaepernick is black, and as a black American he is choosing to remain quietly seated or down on one knee when the national flag is displayed at the beginning of football games.… Read More »

Open Community Discussion: Racism and the American Experience

By | September 5, 2016

I’ll be hosting an open community discussion this fall, from September 14th through November 23, at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, on the topic of racism in America as it applies to the American church, and more broadly to the American experience. We’ll be using Dr. Drew Hart’s book as the starting point for the discussion.… Read More »

For People Who Have “Pro-Life” Words Without Pro-Life Deeds

By | July 10, 2016

Y’all are just yelling amongst yourselves. If you can’t figure out why black Americans don’t listen to you, it’s not because you aren’t yelling loud enough. Maybe stop shouting and shaming and screaming will help. Maybe asking black Americans will help. Maybe listening to their concerns will help. Maybe they are pro-life and not just… Read More »