Looking at it from afar, I honestly couldn’t relate: the intensity, the anger, the vile accusations on social media, especially among Christians.
Telling the church what the church is doing is the job of The Banner news editors and correspondents.
Our current moment in history has laid bare my insecurities, deficiencies, and anxieties of being a pastor.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that lately, I’ve been frustrated.
While other Christians and people of other faiths might see that they must change their practices in regard to race, white evangelicals still think of it in terms of what they believe.
A political assessment of modern Christianity reveals that followers of Jesus have varying conclusions about their relationship with the institution of government.
I’ve come to realize that what I was receiving was a collective response to years, decades, centuries of my co-workers’ and friends’ experiences of racist attitudes.
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The question isn’t just simply about what is “safe” or “not safe.”
With us was a man, the brothers’ uncle, who for many years—and in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds—had held on to hope that one day his nephews would join him in Canada.
Perhaps this discussion is unfamiliar, but this pattern is well-worn and dangerous. If we are not tethered to the history of controversy, we start to long for a world that never existed.
How do we engage people with whom we have deep disagreements about important matters of religious convictions, political commitments, or moral lifestyles?
In the days and weeks after these losses, he waited. He waited for his church to reach out. He waited to hear from the elders. He waited for his pastors to visit.
Although some support programs are in place in the churches, we are called to reach out to the communities and develop initiatives that are available to everyone.
The Confederate flag serves as a portal through which non-Southern white people can project their own guilt of racial bias onto the Southerner.
We share the stories that don’t get heard or magnified anywhere else.
No one should be surprised if they feel like their head is spinning at times; the disruption and disorientation is a real thing.
As much as I try to be fair and irenic, there are times when the truth is divisive. Truth divides between true and false, right and wrong. And politics do intersect, at certain points, with ethics.
The Banner has teamed up with the Center for Public Justice to release a series of articles online exploring the divisiveness of our times. This is the first in that six-part series.
By justice, we do not merely mean equal treatment for all but also being intellectually just or fair to different viewpoints.
A list of books and other media for grown ups and children by black authors, musicians, and filmmakers.
It’s like a Jeopardy game show answer: “These are the three reasons oftentimes given as to why someone with a drinking problem cannot get sober.”
A masterpiece is defined as the best work of an artist. So we are the best work of all that God created.
My racism degrades bearers of God’s image, even while it distorts my own humanity. It is abhorrent in God’s eyes. And I am guilty of it.