On Thursday, January 3rd the 6 episode docu-series “Surviving R Kelly” aired on Lifetime, chronicling the embattled singer’s history of sexual abuse, particularly against underaged black girls. The day after, the internet is ablaze with disgust and shame toward the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B”, with declarations to never support or listen to Kelly’s music again. What took so long? I grew up listening to the over-sexualized lyrics by R Kelly at the … Continue reading R Kelly and Our Failure to Protect Black Girls
Feeling deep gratitude for my family, Church of All Nations, as I reflect on the Santa Lucia celebration we shared together recently. Santa Lucia is a Swedish holiday recognizing the Italian St. Lucy, known for aiding persecuted Christians during the Roman Empire. It is also a welcoming back of the sun during the darkest time … Continue reading Celebrating Scandinavian Heritage Without Upholding White Supremacy
There’s a lot at stake in conversations surrounding missions. Most missionaries have packed up their belongings and made a huge life-altering move to another side of the world—their change of address is transcontinental. They’ve likely fundraised from multiple churches and individuals, invested months and even years of their lives discerning their calling before going all-in … Continue reading Chau’s Death is a Tragedy of Arrogance and Hubris. Let’s Learn from His Mistakes.
The doctrine of original (or universal) sin says people are born with a tainted or sinful nature. Meaning there is some propensity for evil within us, or that we are born separated from God due to the sins of the first humans. This conclusion is draw from the creation narratives in Genesis. For centuries we’ve … Continue reading Original Eroticism: God saw that it was good, why don’t we?
Remember the pop-Christian phase of the early 2000’s? Christianity sought, as it always does, to relate to younger populations. This era’s strategy was a turn toward a pop-Christian aesthetic: urban God apparel donned with “Jesus is my homeboy”, hip-hop gospel, Christian fiction marketed to teenage audiences, even performance poetry- all meant to instill in budding … Continue reading From Abstinence to Raising a Man-Boy Husband? Christianity Asks Too Much of Women
As we prepare for the holidays, some of us have a nagging feeling that the conversation might, and maybe should, turn to the current political realities our country is struggling through right now. But if you have a politically divided family this can be very scary. For many families discussions have slowly begun to feel … Continue reading Guide for Political Conversations in a Politically Divided Family: Holiday Edition