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

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

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

Jonathan Edwards and American Racism: Can the Theology of a Slaveholder be Trusted by the Descendants of Slaves

In this talk, Thabiti Anyabwile answers the difficult question — should African-Americans in particular claim, regard highly, and trust the theology of a slave-holder? This question carries the freight of … 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 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

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

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