Category Archives: racism

Does White Privilege Exist?

By | January 23, 2018

Recently a sincere white American Christian male asserted that there is no such thing as white privilege, that white Christians have no obligation to inquire as to whether there is any such thing as white privilege, that people of color, sexual minorities, and others (including, I’d hazard, women) have nothing to complain about in the… Read More »

Converting the Unconvertable

By | January 17, 2018

You cannot change someone’s mind through the presentation of fact. That presentation of fact happens later, after they are willing to be persuaded. What changes people is personal interaction and communication. So outside of any change of mind, connection with people can lead to a chance for a change in direction. It happens very, very… Read More »

Evangelicals Lose It All for Their Mess of Pottage

By | December 12, 2017

I have to say this AGAIN IN CAPS to my Evangelical friends: WHEN YOU MAKE IT ALL ABOUT ABORTION, YOU END UP WITH TERRIBLE, DESPICABLE CANDIDATES WHO KNOW YOU HAVE NO OTHER STANDARDS. Had Evangelicals looked at the candidates in Alabama in the primary, they would have selected Luther Strange, who would have won this… Read More »

Sorry Folks — to Avoid a Choice Is to Make a Choice

By | November 22, 2017

Traditionally, orthodox Christianity means a religion centered around the Christ of the New Testament, where what Jesus said and taught and did forms the central, defining properties of the religion. Christ did not hate the Jews or want them eliminated or gassed. Christ did not hate black Africans. In fact, some of the first disciples… Read More »

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 »

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 »