Preaching Grace for an Anti-racist Church

I take now a break from reprinting tidbits from the blog’s WLWE?:PTCR archives to alert you to something UM Discipleship published of mine yesterday. It begins, “Two Sundays after the murder of George Floyd. Again, no mention of BLM, George, Ahmaud, or race from our pulpit,”she said. “I’m heartbroken. If the Christian faith has nothingContinue reading “Preaching Grace for an Anti-racist Church”

Take Responsibility

After Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, my friend Dr. Willis Johnson invited me to speak at his church during their Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. It was a great, humbling honor. I encouraged Willis to share his thoughts on antiracism, particularly addressed to white congregations like the ones I’ve served, and the result wasContinue reading “Take Responsibility”

Peculiarly Christian Talk about Race

I’m reposting a series from back when I published Who Lynched Earle?  Preaching to Confront Racism in late February 2017. It turns out preaching (especially from white preachers) still needs to confront racism three years later: no surprise there. Who Lynched Willie Earle? opens with a lynching in my hometown when I was one yearContinue reading “Peculiarly Christian Talk about Race”

Sanctifying Racists in Recovery

Ministry Matters ran this excerpt today from my book Who Lynched Willie Earle?: Preaching to Confront Racism (Abingdon, 2017), taking the book’s subtitle for the article’s headline. I wrote, A white male (Paul Tillich), preaching to white males, preached a famous sermon: “You are Accepted,” as if unconditional acceptance were the core of the Good News.Continue reading “Sanctifying Racists in Recovery”

Wednesday Night Bible Study

My friend Jim Somerville, the pastor of First Baptist Church, Richmond, conducts a weekly Wednesday Night Bible Study for his congregation.  Jim asked me to sit in with him and look at the gospel lesson for this past week, the story of Easter evening from John 20.  I hope you will enjoy our discussion ofContinue reading “Wednesday Night Bible Study”