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Repentance

The Alabama memorial serves as a somber reminder of our nation’s sad and brutal history. A place to confront the truth of racial terror. A place of prayer and for lamentation. And yet, a ray of hope beyond the clouds. […] Read More

Looking back on our nation’s role in slavery and racism, communities are struggling with how to memorialize and interpret the past. Sometimes, to enter well into the future, we need to own our past. […] Read More

The sexual abuse by the clergy and the cover-up by the hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church are inexcusable, deeply sinful and have harmed thousands. How should the church respond? […] Read More

It is fitting that Lent begins smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. Celebrating the heritage and contributions of African-Americans is always accompanied by grief and lament. There were and are too many black deaths, too much indignity and too little access. Color still trumps character it seems, and white privilege takes up […] Read More

Thanksgiving’s origins are civic. They have to do with the condition and conduct of the nation; and I believe that, for the United States, our giving thanks could – should – lead to repentance. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day for national thanksgiving. Since the celebration of […] Read More

Racism and prophetic protests against racism are part of the biblical message. I wonder why we hear so few sermons in our churches about this moral issue. Perhaps Glen Stassen and David Gushee (“Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context”) are correct that the dominant white culture (to which I belong) has taken a social […] Read More

Recent events have led to a heart-breaking hashtag trending on the internet: #metoo. Women around the world are using this to speak out about the misogynistic or abusive treatment they have received at the hands of men. It has taken the immense courage of the women who have made allegations against such a high profile […] Read More

Ought I to repent of being white and male? I have had this question posed to me in one form or another on several occasions over the years. As I explained in my previous post, I think I have discerned three distinct meanings of the call for white people and males to repent for being […] Read More

Over the years of my life in modern (or postmodern) American academics, I have several times read and heard that white men ought to “repent” of being white and male. I have long been a strong supporter of some liberation theologies. That is so much the case that one of my former students wrote a […] Read More

Baptists don’t celebrate Ash Wednesday. That was the reason given to me a few years ago by a local Christian bookstore employee in explaining why they didn’t have any Ash Wednesday resources. I had stopped by the store looking for Ash Wednesday items for children – stickers, pencils and so on – and I was […] Read More