RACISM & BLACK LIVES MATTER – A PERSPECTIVE

Written by: Olayiwola S’-Olayinka Racism as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is “the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another”. In the same dictionary, another definition of racism is “prejudice,  discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or … Read more

A Roadmap for a Heart Seeking Justice

Isaiah 1:17 – a roadmap for a heart seeking justice Katie West In the United States, the murder of George Floyd sparked grief and outrage. In Canada, the murder of Nicholas Gibbs caused the same. In the wake of these deaths and recent others, people rallied together to seek justice and affirm that black lives … Read more

The Sin of Racism

Biblically, sin is anything that falls short of God’s will and glory, that violates his law and his character (1 John 3:4; Romans 3:23). There are at least four ways in which what we will be calling racism is a violation of God’s glory and therefore is a sin. It is sin. This is the … Read more

Christian, What you can do about Racial Division

I feel compelled to weigh in on the ongoing discussion about how Christians should respond to the ongoing social upheaval currently happening in the US due to the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd, Ahmad Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and the inexcusable extrajudicial executions of far too many black men, women and even children that have befallen this nation … Read more

Letters to a Birmingham Jail

More than fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Much has transpired in the half-century since, and progress has been made in the issues that were close to Dr. King’s heart. Thankfully, the burning crosses, biting police dogs, and angry mobs of that day are long gone. … Read more

One Blood

The racial reconciliation of our churches and nation won’t be done with big campaigns or through mass media. It will come one loving, sacrificial relationship at a time. The gospel and all that it encompasses has always traveled best relationally. We have much to learn from each other and each have unique poverties that can … Read more

Prophetic Lament

Lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Lament recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and cries out for justice against existing injustices. Soong-Chan Rah’s prophetic exposition of the book of Lamentations provides a biblical and theological lens for examining the … Read more

Roadmap to Reconciliation

We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction. Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter … Read more

Woke Church

Dr. Eric Mason calls the evangelical church to a much-needed reckoning. In a time when many feel confused, complacent, or even angry, he challenges the church to: Be Aware, Be Redemptive, Be Active.