Church hurt…well, it hurts. And I am no stranger to the ways in which bad theology, abuses of power, misguided politics and bigotry can manifest within a community and influence the ways church folks and religious bullies perpetuate damage to vulnerable, human souls. In Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting With A Loving God After Experiencing A Hurtful Church, Carol Howard Merritt weaves into just over two hundred pages personal narrative and years of professional ministry experience, providing a compelling case for finding wholeness in God despite experiencing pain at the hands of God’s people.
An Excerpt from Exploring the Bible by Eric Barreto and Michael Chan We never read the Bible by ourselves. Even if you go on a long hike to the middle of nowhere and camp under the stars away from cell phone signals and the noises of the city, you are not alone when you read … Continue reading Why White People Need to Read the Bible with People of Color
Beyonce has given us a powerfully defiant anthem that challenges us to rethink who is respectable, dignified, worthy. All of this while giving us a battle cry for all black women to dream, work and own it, to get in formation with one another, to never forget the child-like joy of running in circles in with your friends.
It seems easy to say I’m, “mixed race.” But I’ve always been extremely hesitant to claim this identity. Racism is such an acidic, destructive poison, that it felt wrong to claim a role that comes with vitriol I never felt. I didn’t want to be like those white people who claim to be 1/16 Cherokee, as if to say, “I can’t be racist, I’m not even white!”
One of the fallacies of arrogant leadership, in this particular case, is that denial is preferable to perceived imperfection. I can’t help but wonder what I would do if I was given a similar fate. Aboard a sinking ship and all those from the lower classes are locked out of any chance for survival because as news of the ship’s demise is realized, there is also the news that there aren’t enough life-boats for everyone on board and the rich go first.
Pairing wine is a tricky business at the best of times. But when it comes to representing the blood of Christ the casual disregard among church leadership for any of the major schools of thought is shocking!