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The Divide in the Black Church that Most Troubles Me

The African-American Church, much like churches of every other ethnic stripe, faces a number of potential divides. There’s the perennial split between liberal and conservative theological groups. There’s the split … Continue reading

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One More Time: MJ or KJ?

The NBA Finals recently ended. Thabiti Anyabwile, an unashamed “Lebron Hater,” asks “who is the greatest NBA player of all time?” Michael Jordan or King James? Someone else? C’mon up on the porch and let us know what you think!

You’re Not Alone

Nearly 12 years ago, God opened my eyes to Reformed theology during a study through the book of John. As we began to look at Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus, the … Continue reading

Some Friendly Pastoral Thoughts for My Friends in the Arts

For some time now there’s been a significant debate raging with regard to Christians, the arts and cultural engagement. It seemed the Christian Hip Hop world might tear itself apart … Continue reading

Reformed Theology and Social Change (pt. 2)

This is the second part of Thabiti’s two-part lecture series at First Presbyterian (Columbia, SC) and Erskine Seminary. He was delivering the annual John L. Girardeau lectures. Girardeau (1825-1898) pastored a congregation of … Continue reading

Reformed Theology and the Status Quo (pt. 1)

This is the first part of Thabiti’s two-part lecture series at First Presbyterian (Columbia, SC) and Erskine Seminary. He was delivering the annual John L. Girardeau lectures. Girardeau (1825-1898) pastored a congregation of … Continue reading

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My People, My People: A Response to Christian Genocide from the Inside-Out

“The murderers had tortured the child in such an inhuman way. . . His neck was cut, toes were broken and hands were slashed and burned.  His face was burned, … Continue reading

When Evil Is No Imposition, Suffering Is the Remedy

Three hours ago my wife and I put the kids to bed, grabbed our favorite throw, snuggled on the couch and clicked “play” on 12 Years a Slave. Three hours … Continue reading

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

Beyond the Color Barrier: Q&A

In this 40 minute question and answer portion of “Beyond the Color Barrier” Derek Mondeau (InterVarsity) facilitates audience-driven questions to be answered by both Anthony Bradley and Soong-Chan Rah. This … 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