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Why Did It Take 50 Years For Calvinists To Care About Race?: How The Mainline Saved Evangelicalism

Religion, The South, Uncategorized on June 13th, 2015 24 Comments

The Civil-Rights Movement in America lasted from roughly 1955 to 1968 (with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). That was half a century ago. In what many people would call “remarkable,” 2015 may go down in the annals of American church history as the year that conservative, Calvinist Baptists and conservative Presbyterians [...]

A Gentle, Friendly Request For Southern Baptist Writers

Religion, Uncategorized on May 20th, 2014 5 Comments

Soong-Chan Rah and I have been writing and speaking about race and evangelicalism trends for decades. That work culminated in a project we started called Gospel and Race because we believe, as the data indicates, that the future of American evangelicalism will be diversely Asian American, Hispanic, and African American in its public expression, if [...]

How Evangelicals Can Learn About the Black Experience

Uncategorized on July 20th, 2013 No Comments

A white evangelical recently asked me if there were any “Christian books” to help him learn about the black experience. My recommendation was to skip the books and actually have some black friends as peers (esp. from the the black church tradition) and the kind that won’t allow you to rest in your socio-cultural assumptions [...]

What muted and sidelined the Presbyterian voice in religion and society?

Religion, Uncategorized on July 9th, 2013 10 Comments

I’m returning to a question I asked last summer but with a slightly different angle. Last summer, I asked what happened to popular Presbyterianism in a world where the Calvinist resurgence is almost entirely Baptist and non-denominational. In the 1980s and 1990s when I was first introduced to Reformed theology three names dominated the seen [...]

The Myth of the Black Matriarchy During Slavery

Uncategorized on March 29th, 2013 No Comments

This article. WOW.

There are 3 Types of African American (Black) Reformed Christians

Religion, Uncategorized on January 15th, 2013 7 Comments

The elephant in the room in the discourse about what it means to be black and Reformed is that black Reformed leaders and churches have the same exact diversity and variety as their white counterparts but people act as if they do not. The following is a summary of reflections Tim Keller gave back in [...]

How to honor your mother and father, hip hop style

Uncategorized on November 1st, 2012 3 Comments

This is brilliant.

Covenant Theology vs. New Covenant Theology

Uncategorized on August 22nd, 2012 2 Comments

Monergism decides not to sell the Baptist version of Covenant Theology on its website. Here’s why: We believe that Kingdom through Covenant both misrepresents Covenant Theology and promotes an unbiblical alternative. Of course we are not trying to decide for you what to buy, but rather, encourage you in the right direction when you have a [...]

Why aren’t we talking about shame? ~ Dr. Brene Brown

Uncategorized on August 8th, 2012 No Comments

  I wanted to wait to post this later but it’s too good. This is profound, “We can’t talk about race without talking about shame.” ~ Dr. Brene Brown. Shame is another topic that many Christian leaders don’t talk much about. It’s getting ridiculous that secular scholars have such a better understand of human nature [...]

Self-hatred, the forgotten human condition

Uncategorized on August 8th, 2012 No Comments

There are two sides of pride: self-exaltation and self-hatred. Because of conservative Protestant’s myopic understanding of human nature you rarely (ever) hear anyone apply the gospel to those who hate themselves. For example, many Calvinist preachers believe that their calling is to break people down because prideful people need to be reminded of their depravity [...]