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Starlette Thomas

Instead of giving voice to their fears, many pretend or tolerate persons from other cultures. Sometimes, however, they speak those fears aloud. America is supposed to be a melting pot, but who’s in charge of the ingredients? […] Read More

Disputes litter our lives. People backbite; politicians gaslight. Rather than hear the ugly truth, we pick up stones. In a world offering illusions at half price and selling wholesale deceptions, we must call for peace. […] Read More

I am a race atheist. I used to believe in race, with all my heart. However, my faith in Christ did something I didn’t expect; my new identity in Christ began to challenge my racial identity. […] Read More

Many in the church have given up looking for the image of God within us and settled for the cheap duplications of race. We started creating God in the image of race. […] Read More

Race has been divinely sanctioned by the church in America. We have given it sacred rights and privileges, a place of honor in our fellowship. […] Read More

Race and its progeny – prejudice, racism and stereotypes – are the elephants in our pews. It’s a jungle in here on Sunday mornings and more than a tight squeeze as we attempt to lift our hands in worship, to fold our hands in prayer, to grab the hand of our neighbor in fellowship. Let’s […] Read More

The national news has covered recent incidents involving African-American persons being physically and verbally assaulted, bullied, disturbed, falsely arrested, harassed and questioned. This treatment is not the result of crime, but of doing things considered normal in any other context or culture, that is, barbecuing, eating, shopping, sitting on one’s porch, sleeping, vacationing. Persons would […] Read More

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove urges readers to recognize and address our racial habits in his recent book, “Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.” “Change your racial habits and you change the way you see the world,” he asserts. In stunning language, Wilson-Hartgrove writes of the internalized arrangement that socially colored white people must make in […] Read More

Affirming and supporting women in all local church ministry positions is a distinctive of the moderate Baptist movement. Sometimes, it takes instances like the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s removal of First Baptist of Jefferson City, Tennessee, from its fellowship for calling Ellen Di Giosia as pastor to remind us of this distinctive. Baptist Women in Ministry […] Read More

Some say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But I would beg to differ when it comes to Internet searches of the word “community.” I was shown stock photos, clip art and logos. According to Google, community is staged, simple or a symbol used to identify an organization. I’ve given the entire collection nine […] Read More