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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

What Are We Going to Do with Our “Crazy Confederate Uncles”?

I hate to say my uncle “Sonny” was my favorite uncle growing up. I hate to say it because all my uncles were great dudes. Uncle “Whimp” was the coolest. … Continue reading

Would You Tear Down Your Mama’s Idols?

Conversations about reform in the Black Church often hit the roadblock of church tradition. Someone begins the conversation by pointing out a weakness or a need in the church. But … Continue reading

Keeping Black Christians at Arm’s Length

I am always encouraged by the many black Christians I see and hear about embracing and rejoicing in the truths of Reformed theology. Seemingly in all segments of the church, … Continue reading

Strengths We’ve Lost: Church Covenants

Do you remember your church’s covenant? Chances are you’ve seen it, either in the hymnals or maybe in a poster somewhere near the front of the church. You may even … Continue reading

Brothers, We Are Not CEO’s

John Piper released a book in 2002 entitled, Brothers we are not Professionals. The book was in response to an increasing trend of the professionalization of the pastorate that Pastor John … Continue reading

The Black Church at a Crossroads

Is the “black church” at a crossroads? Dr. Alton D. Pollard III, Dean and Professor of Ethics and Religion at Howard University School of Divinity, thinks it is.  In a … Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Emancipation

For years Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday. I’m like a lot of people who love the commercial-free nature of the celebration, the emphasis on family, the bounty and abundance … Continue reading

Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative

The Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative is an urban leadership development program/internship, which seeks to provide sound theological training, character development, and assessment of calling and gifting for urban, multi-ethnic leaders in the context of … Continue reading

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