Charlottesville (Pt. 3): Of Soil and Blood

Okay, we covered quite a bit of ground in the first two parts of this mini-series and now we’re sliding into home plate. In the first article, I presented the idea that the biblical worldview provides a more substantive foundation for identity than the race-centric view of identity which appeared to be at the root … Continue reading Charlottesville (Pt. 3): Of Soil and Blood

Charlottesville (Pt. 2): The Strange Intersectionality Between Richard Spencer and Dr. Umar Johnson

In the first article of this mini-series, Charlottesville (Pt. 1): Of Blood and Soil, we explored the relationship between race and identity. I introduced the idea that the biblical worldview provides a more solid foundation for identity than one’s race. Our main premise was that the race-centric identity concept which in many ways define our … Continue reading Charlottesville (Pt. 2): The Strange Intersectionality Between Richard Spencer and Dr. Umar Johnson

Charlottesville (Pt. 1): Of Blood and Soil

Not even a month ago America’s attention was seized by the violent and racially charged events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reportedly, the citizens of Charlottesville voted to have a statue of Confederate icon, Gen. Robert E. Lee, removed from a public park. In response to this decision, an angry band of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, … Continue reading Charlottesville (Pt. 1): Of Blood and Soil

Lebronogetics: Who is the GOAT?

Over the last few years a storm has been brewing. This storm that rumbles throughout public forums of debate, social media, gymnasiums, church parking lots, school lunchrooms, and barber shops across the globe comes in the form of a question.  One question has captivated the hearts and minds of the people—Who is the Greatest of … Continue reading Lebronogetics: Who is the GOAT?

#blacklivesDON’Tmatter

The killing of Trayvon Martin was “9-11” for the African-American community. What do I mean by that? In the same way that there are some events in our personal lives that leave a bruise—loss of a loved one, a bitter break up, bad report from the doctor—there are collective experiences like 9-11 that impact us … Continue reading #blacklivesDON’Tmatter

Introducing the Conscious Community: Part 2

In my last article, I laid out a context for what appears to be a growing problem in the black community. I discussed the lingering identity issue that seems to grip so many people of African descent and then illustrated how it poses a barrier to the spreading of the gospel as well as a … Continue reading Introducing the Conscious Community: Part 2

Introducing the Conscious Community: Part 1

We are all searching and seeking identity. For many it is mistakenly found in material objects, a sports team, money, or in human relationships. For African American folks, the identity crisis is coming in a virulent form that attacks their faith in Jesus Christ and their eternal lives. I have asked my colleague, Adam Coleman, to address this particular … Continue reading Introducing the Conscious Community: Part 1

Racism & Reconciliation

Racism. Unfortunately, on a number of occasions I’ve had to stare it right in the face. But never has an experience with racial prejudice been so alarming as the time that I had to face it within myself. During my junior year at Virginia Commonwealth University I came to the conclusion that I owed something … Continue reading Racism & Reconciliation