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I did a sermon last Sunday (at bottom) that looked at how to apply the many biblical texts about oppression and injustice to a 2017 American context.  At Crossroads, we are making intentional steps to become a multi-ethnic church. I’ve been immersed in the multi-ethnic and racial reconciliation conversation since 2008 (when I first read Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith).  Many think there aren’t more multi-ethnic churches because of worship style, preaching style, cultural differences, and the general human inclination to clump with people who are like us.  In my observation, these are not the real reasons.  The primary reason there are not more multi-ethnic churches is because white Christians can’t typically be trusted with the experiences of people of color.  What I mean is, church is community.  The evangelical church is humorously known for overusing cliche words like “authentic” and “real” and their many synonyms.  This is what community is supposed to be.  But when a person of color shares their authentic and real experience–the daily racial micro-aggressions they endure, the history of our nation that created the disadvantages they face daily and have to strain to overcome, and so much more–white brothers and sisters in Christ either have no category for these things and are just confused, or at worst, deny these experiences and disadvantages all together.  If you can’t be real and authentic about your life experience in your Christian community, then you aren’t going to stay in that community.

Historically, the reason we have black denominations, seminaries, and churches is because the white churches and organizations did not let black people in…so they had to go and start their own.  And what we have today is the recent-byproduct. Continue Reading…

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black lives matterI’ve been an outspoken supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement for years now, attending events, writing blogs, and posting a sign in my front yard.  Over the course of time I’ve been supporting BLM, I’ve had to combat a lot of push back about the movement.  Especially when more dramatic protests started happening, like people laying down in streets and shutting down highways.  Prior to this, I would often get the video sent to me from the August 2015 Minnesota State Fair of Black Lives Matter marchers chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em up like bacon” in reference to police officers.  The accusation being that this represented BLM, so how could I support it? Continue Reading…

We discuss some strong opinions from our mailbag regarding Colin Kaepernick, who continues to be the trending racial topic in our country.  We also give our thoughts on the official Black Lives Matter movement.  Last but not least, we catch up with Black Superman as he shares about his bowling date with the archangel Michael and Black Superman’s nemesis Charlie Puth.

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