John Ortberg and I have the same PhD from the same institution, and I worked in student ministries at a church like his – but I have been astonished by how he and his church have responded to the scandal surrounding them.
When I was young, I lived in my head. I read stories and wrote myself into them. I was Fiver’s confidante in Watership Down. I walked with Julie of the Wolves through the frozen tundra. As I became older, my worlds expanded: I was an orphaned empath in Star Trek. I was friends with John … Continue reading Fantasy is My Gateway from Depression to Hope
I come from Liberia, a small West African country where I have never experienced anything about racism. I read about the slave trade, racial injustice and the alienation of black people in America. But when I begin to travel the world, I then came face to face with prejudice and racial profiling. In 2010, I … Continue reading When I Left Liberia, I Felt Western Racism. Now I Call for Justice for George Floyd
This proposed solution is based on the notion that racism is primarily about individual acts of hatred. It is part of the American obsession with individualism, an obsession that many forms of Christianity in America share: “if we only faithfully preach God’s love for everyone and get as many individuals as possible to accept it, … Continue reading White Christians, Individual Acts of Love Isn’t Enough to Solve Racism
Note: I am a white pastor protesting in Minneapolis and I am speaking from my own experience and not on behalf of Black Lives Matter or the Black community in Minneapolis. This article is for white people to better understand this situation. If you are a white person, do not ask your black friends to … Continue reading Why White Racist Bullies Become Minneapolis Police Officers
“How do you go to work everyday when that means you have to protect patrons from a disease that they aren’t doing anything to protect you from.” – Kiese Laymon, Navigating The Nightmare: Under The Blacklight, Episode #9, African American Policy Forum “…And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they … Continue reading Urging Some “Grasshopper Thinking” For People Of Color As America Reopens