The illusion of being “pro-life”

For me, growing up in a conservative Christian environment and coming into voting age in the “Reagan Revolution” this is what I knew: It’s all about abortion. It’s all about being pro-life.

Then, the narrator off to the side (who I didn’t hear at the time and wished to GOD he had been just a little louder) whispered: “It wasn’t about abortion at all.”

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Warning to the white American conservative church

This passage leapt into my spirit as the Spirit said, “This is the warning for the self-righteous church in America.”

Matthew 3:7-12

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Lord, give us ears to hear.

Prophetic words do cut at times

This clip is incredibly powerful and serves as a sharp example of a prophetic word.

The further in and deeper down black preachers go into white evangelicalism the more anti-justice and anti-black they become.

What exile for the culturalized church looks like

evangelicalism has become a noisy cymbal with a pestering “look at me” call for attention. What it wants others to see is not what they see, and what it doesn’t see the rest observe. It’s ugly.

More HERE.

Now all Christians are in the dock, all churches are called before the judge, and they are now being asked to prove themselves innocent, and they can’t. Evangelicalism has been unmasked.

To Babylon we must go.

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Race, CRT, Nationalism, Evangelicalism, etc.

This is a longer podcast interview, but it is succinct in how my theology and life ethic has been forming. The easy dismissal by white evangelicals of Critical Race Theory, the lack of listening, the lack of critical thinking… all of it. Thabyite Anyabwile puts into concise language where my formation has taken me these past few years.

Give a listen HERE.

The “hot” pastor

The “megachurch” culture keeps tripping over itself… and we keep ignoring it. Katelyn Beaty is bold enough to point out the latest issue:

He also swam in waters that reward form over substance. Today’s sexualized, glossy version of the megachurch pastor is calculated to replace the stereotype of a frumpy pastor in pleated khakis and a combover. With skinny jeans, tattoos and tight abs, the hot pastor is commissioned to bring souls to Jesus by mimicking the temptations of social media thirst traps. But if you embody that culture, you risk becoming it. Hotness is as hotness does.

More HERE.