April 9, Maundy Thursday (Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19; John 13:1–17, 31b–35)
Jesus is saying, Love should feel like this.
March 23, 2020
God’s complex music
The song I was created to live within and become
March 6, 2020
What makes A Wrinkle in Time Christian?
Some white Christians have complained that Ava DuVernay’s film is not faithful to Madeleine L’Engle’s book. A lot of people of color, however, have been feeling this movie deeply.
April 2, 2018
A lineage of black female scholars
Black women's contributions continue to be rendered invisible. Brittney Cooper offers a critical intervention.
September 29, 2017
Who decides what my body means?
The next Reformation is about interpretation, but not of a book.
March 16, 2017
Need to confess
The whole church needs to encounter the courage and truthfulness of the fact that God created us good, to love and be loved.
August 3, 2016
Full humanity: Black Lives Matter symposium
In the civil rights movement, language of political participation was central. BLM activists are making a more profound demand.
March 2, 2016
The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois
"What does it feel like to be a problem?” For the first time in college, a line from a book rang in my head for days. W. E. B....
September 30, 2015
In the wake of Michael Brown's shooting by Darren Wilson and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Lauryn Hill posted a song called "Black Rage."
January 25, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Idolatry seems like such an easy thing to avoid.
January 20, 2015
How we mourn
The new year is only a few weeks old. Like most people I have been reflecting on the past year, wondering where the time went. But even more, I have been wondering what the world has come to.
January 19, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Paul isn’t asking us to avoid the world. But if the form of the world is passing away, the everyday is becoming a step into promise.
January 13, 2015
Love in a time of soundbites
I have found myself dreading Facebook lately. With the general election beginning to churn, the competing posts are out: “Evidence of Obama’s socialist conspiracy!” “Republicans plan to inspect every woman’s womb!” Some are rather scary while others I quietly cheer; still others simply draw me into grief over how little Jesus seems apparent in any of it.
May 7, 2012
Love without obedience (John 15:9-17)
My desire to clean the kitchen was an exercise of love. Then my mom asked me to do what I was already planning to do—and my gift turned into affliction.
May 1, 2012
In the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, I have always been struck by the pronouncements of Philip’s boldness. As a young Christian, I was often called to this kind of boldness: to go out to the stranger and the foreigner and declare the good works of God. But revisiting this passage I am struck by how weak Philip is--and how necessary this is to his ministry.
April 30, 2012
Easter 5B (Acts 8:26-40)
I used to read this as a story of Philip’s boldness and willingness to go even to the stranger to declare the truth. Now I understand just how little Philip knows.
April 24, 2012