The need for toughmindedness

“There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., The Strength to Love

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Kirk Franklin, Gospel Music, and being black in Christian music

Kirk Franklin gets right at the issues of race, justice, and the subtle difference between “Christian” music and “gospel” music. LISTEN.

How race became a religion

I am a fan of the Holy Post podcast. Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) has a great conversation with Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor in this episode. The first half is worth the listen (especially Christian talking about her documentary on France in WWII), but it’s the second half of the episode that is worth the listen… and, of course, challenging. Willie James Jennings is the guest and takes on racism as a religion.

I’d highly recommend his book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.

Anti-racist

I have been challenged recently by people who write on racism and friends who are people of color on this issue of racism. It is something that has weighed on me the past several years (the issue of racism) and when I moved to Alabama, I knew the Lord would keep working on me. The challenge is this: It’s not enough to simply think I’m not a racist. I need to be anti-racist.

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