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The Many Faces of Queen Latifah: Black Female Sexual Identity in a World That Needs Jackie Hill

Straight up. I’m a Queen Latifah fan. I have been since her debut album “All Hail the Queen,” standing proudly donned in red, black and green as if to announce … Continue reading

Fatherless Daughters and Wayward Desires: Black Women As Portrayed by the Alluring and Maddening Olivia Pope

I know when Scandal is on television. I knew when it was on long before I had any interest in watching it. Receiving so many tweets about Scandal was peculiar … Continue reading

Black Women, Their Image, and Christian Consumption

I’ve been trying to get my mind around this idea for a series of posts for a while now. It’s difficult to find words to express what troubles my heart. … Continue reading

Helping Them Out: Thinking About Loved Ones Still in Places of Error

One of the most difficult realities in coming to the truth is the thought of leaving someone behind in error. This becomes extremely difficult when that someone is very close … Continue reading

The Man Who Saved America

Today we celebrate the birthday of a man who saved America: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was an undergraduate student the first time I heard Na’im Akbar say, “Dr. … Continue reading

The Actual Accomplishment of Racial Reconciliation

Introduction In my previous blogs on racial reconciliation, I discussed the need for racial reconciliation and the provision for racial reconciliation. In post 1, I proposed that racism fundamentally exists … Continue reading

Book Review: The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety and Public Witness

I love it when Amazon recommends something that actually interests me. It doesn’t happen often. But every once in a while the online merchandising giant flashes something before me that … Continue reading

The Death of Jesus Christ as God’s Provision for Racial Reconciliation

Introduction In my first post on racial reconciliation, I proposed a gospel-centered vision for racial reconciliation. I suggested that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the solution to the problem … Continue reading

The Need for Gospel-Centered Racial Reconciliation

Introduction President Obama’s historic election to the White House in November 2008 spoke volumes about how far the United States has come on the race issue since the dawn of … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from The Front Porch

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter … Continue reading

“Let Us Worship God”

These are words one would expect to hear at the beginning of Sunday morning church service. If you’re ever at New Life, Vernon Hills, you would indeed hear these words, … Continue reading

The Orientation Problem of the Black Church

The Black Church has an orientation problem. No, not that orientation problem. It’s the problem of defining itself and its theology in relationship to “white Christianity.” The problem has been … Continue reading

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