Give Joseph a Job

by Derrick HolmesThe reality of the prison industrial complex is one that negatively affects persons (the majority of which are people of color) all over this country.  Presently, the United States houses over a quarter of the world’s prison population despite representing only 1% of the world population. Upwards of 2 million Black and Brown bodies presently find themselves locked behind bars. Statistics show that most of the African Americans who end up incarcerated have been sentenced for n … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 4

This is the last in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1  part … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 3

This is the third in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1 … [Read more...]

#GetOut of Sunken Place Theology

by Lawrence RodgersLast week I went to see Jordan Peele’s new breakout movie Get Out. I like many others  was impressed by the depth of the film. When the lead character in the film Chris Washington, a black man, goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family he finds a horrifying situation--a seemingly harmless family subtly attempts to totally co-opt his agency. Through these exchanges, Chris is carefully allured to permanently lose his agency forever in what is called the “sunken place.” Thi … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 2

This is the second in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1  pa … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 1

This is the first in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 2  pa … [Read more...]

‘Our Little Get-Together’: Trump and Obama on Black History Month

We here at R3 are pleased to announce that the editors of Citizen Critics have agreed to allow us to cross publish some of their terrific articles. Below is one from Dr. Renea Fry that examines the Black History Month speeches of Presidents Obama and Trump. by Renea Frey*Published first at Citizen Critics.On February 1, 2017, President Trump delivered a speech for Black History Month to about a dozen black Americans, all of whom support or work for him. During his short speech, he c … [Read more...]

“We Are Outchea!”: Just Do the Work!

By Earle FisherReflecting on a conversation we had recently at church, we discussed what it means and what it takes for folks to get substantially involved in social justice and movement work.Those of us who have become public faces of The Movement (and most of us against our will) are relatively clear on a few things; things we've shared publicly but may have been overlooked or drowned out by all of the white noise (pun intended):1) With few exceptions... MOST of us were outchea … [Read more...]

Are We Listening to Our History?

by Derrick HolmesThe 15 Chapter of Paul’s letter to the body of believers in Rome finds him offering perspective to way in which the church ought view Old Testament writ.  The Apostle Paul writes in the 4th verse, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”.  Paul suggests that the sacred text ought not be exclusively considered as written wisdom of the past but should also … [Read more...]

Bread and Redemption

by Peter GathjeThe knock on the front door at Manna House came just before 8am. Was it a late arriving volunteer? A guest who was growing impatient? I opened the door. Two men, one white, one black, stood there in their MLGW uniforms. I could see their truck parked on the street. The black man introduced himself, while his white co-worker stood silently holding four loaves of bread. I asked, “How can I help you?”“Would you take this food? We’ve got meat and cheese and bread.”He put fo … [Read more...]