“A White Supremacist vs. An Anti-American Terrorist”

Okay, so, lets talk a little bit about Wednesday’s discussion between Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren over on the Daily Show. Noah, a South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as the host of "The Daily Show" and Tomi Lahren who’s a conservative commentator who writes for The Blaze. It feels like Comedy Central (CC) et al. pit Tomi as this stereotypical "blonde, white, privileged bigot." And, maybe she is just that, but, in the first few minutes of the (longer) interview it didn't quite seem th … [Read more...]

On Lynching Colin Kaepernick

I'm having the hardest time fully understanding why our nation is so incredibly outraged over Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem. Empty, yet so incredibly fueled, accusations of unpatriotic treason are being hurled at Kaepernick with the intensity of which I feel would be better suited if geared towards our enemies as opposed to each other... ya know?Either way, in attempt to make sense of it, three quick things: 1) I don't think it's really as big of a deal … [Read more...]

Jesus Was Not a Pacifist (A kind response to Benjamin Corey)

“So persistent is the cry of peace among the ruling classes and so strong the seeming abhorrence of every form of violence and anarchy that one might imagine them actuated by the purest pacifist principles, were it not for the fact that they betray no pacifist scruples when they consider international affairs. Most insistent upon peace within the nation, they are most easily provoked to join issue in martial combat with other nations.“ – Reinhold NiebuhrIt’s easy for a privileged person t … [Read more...]

Do the Black Panthers Still Exist?

There seems to be a lot of talk surrounding the Black Panther Party; with Beyonce during the super bowl making a radical statement with her own personal homage towards the black struggle; this was alongside the resurfacing of Stan Lee’s character the Black Panther getting his own movie it’s lead me to wonder, what happened to the Black Panther Party?Founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in October of 1966, in Oakland CA, the Black Panther Party (BPP) was in essence a means of policing th … [Read more...]

John Piper Joins the #BlackLivesMatter movement!?

I mean, not really, but kind of...Piper's opening is predictably cringeworthy, but his conclusion is surprisingly refreshing.The better question: Is this something in which nonwhite evangelicals should be happy about? Is it a step forward, and can it be utilized by progressive Christians as a means to bridge the gap between our conservative brothers and sisters? "And as I was watching all of this happen, I wondered what to think about it, what to say about it, and I googled and found: … [Read more...]

“How do we call people in even as we call them out?”

I recently lost yet another a white friend over “the issue of race.” It was after repeatedly confronting him in regards to his consistent use of the “n-word.” He wasn't the first close friend I've lost, but I'm determined for him to be one of the last, as after these repeated instances, I'm relearning who I should be surrounding myself with.But this situation, it makes me wonder if within our social media day and age, where each and everyone of us has a differing voice and inevitably differi … [Read more...]

A Lack of “Minority” Church Leaders is Killing the Church

A Lack of "minority [1]" church leaders is killing our economy which includes the health and future existence of our Church.Zoe Henry for Inc.com recently cited research from the center for Gloal Policy Solutions stating that "Discrimination--whether open or covert--could be leaving as many as 9 million jobs and $300 billion worth of income on the table."As a “minority” living in the US I was very intrigued by this statement. As a former pastor, I naturally, and almost immediately began t … [Read more...]

The New Moral Majority: The Misfits and The Exiled

The church isn't dying (I spoke about that here), it's the first world's conservative evangelical version of Church that is dying.Here in the U.S. we see churches being faced with the imposition of progression, such as Hillsong, strategically moving into the inner cities, and therefore diversifying their congregations, forcing questions on their oppressively exclusive doctrine on homosexuality,  as POC are slowly yet steadily inching their way into positions of power and sway.Deborah Lee … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Be Angry if Wheaton College Does Not Fire Larycia Hawkins

“It's worth remembeing that the wedge that splits the wood is what ultimately takes the brunt of the blows from the hammer.” - Jeff YangIf Larycia Hawkins is not fired I'll be pissed. Pissed because it'll just seem like this was all one big marketing ploy to keep Wheaton on the map; a scheme to boost their already declining numbers. Evangelicalism is a sinking ship it’s a train wreck that seems to happen over and over and over and over again.If you’re not sure who or what I’m talking … [Read more...]

The War On Guns: How It’s the Same Thing as the War On Drugs

I live in the hood right now; they call it the badlands, "known for an abundance of open-air recreational drug markets and drug-related violence."[1]The other night at about 3:00am I got up to use the bathroom only to hear 5 or 6 shots (or firecrackers?) go off. The first house I stayed in there was a hole in our window; you guessed it, that was put there by a bullet. While making lunch a couple days ago I again heard a few shots raddled off, this time it was right outside my … [Read more...]