Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor of Anacostia River Church (Washington DC). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters and one son. Holler at him on Twitter: @ThabitiAnyabwil

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

Has the Black Church Become Middle Class and Abandoned the Hip Hop Generation in the Cities?

Recently I read Ralph Basui Watkins’ Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and Rhyme. I hope to write a review of the book at some point; it’s certainly worth … Continue reading

What I Love About the People in Prosperity Gospel Churches

I have no love for the so-called “prosperity gospel.” Not even a little bit. But I do love the many thousands and thousands of people who belong to churches that … Continue reading

Pitfalls of Theology

How does Reformed theology keep Christians from falling into self-righteousness? Thabiti Anyabwile weighs in, ultimately saying that despite man’s sin, Reformed theology helps us better see he who keeps Christians, … Continue reading

Illustrating Much That’s Wrong with the Church: Preachers of L.A. “Preach-off”

Discussion and debate about Oxygen’s new reality show, “Preachers of L.A.”, hasn’t quieted much since the network announced the show. Four or so episodes in and people are still talking … Continue reading

Reformed Theology Is on the Chopping Block!

It’s Reformation Day! The day we celebrate Martin Luther’s nailing the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, Germany and launching, by God’s grace, the Protestant Reformation. Who knew … Continue reading

The Greatest Miracle of the Reformation

What does a German monk nailing a long list of complaints on a church door have to do with an African-American ministering in a small, international Caribbean island? Luther’s world … Continue reading

Slopes Really Are Slippery, Folks

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article with the provocative title, “Detroit Baptist Leader Resigns After Announcing She Married a Woman.” Yep. You read that correctly. The female pastor has married another female.

Big God Theology: The Contributions and Challenges of African-American Theology

In this talk, Thabiti Anyabwile narrows the broad subject of African-American theology down to “Big God Theology” — a yearning that has existed in the African-American church historically for a … Continue reading

Strengths We’ve Lost: Missions

Memory is a blessed aid to faith. Recalling the works of God’s salvation, providence, and goodness stir the anticipation of future grace and present power. It works that way in … Continue reading

What is ‘Reformed Theology’?

Thabiti Anyabwile walks through what it means to be a Reformed Christian, explaining it as he would to one of his own church members.

Strengths We’ve Lost: Church Discipline

Our present strengths are not guaranteed. Our greatest powers may be lost. To decay. To change. To misuse. It happens to professional athletes. I still can’t shake the image of … Continue reading