Commentary


 

Is this Kwanzaa’s Moment?

Could it be that the principles of Kwanzaa are more relevant now than ever as we struggle against renewed assaults on our very value, freedom, and right to exist?

The Brats of Christmas

What “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” teaches us about being true Christians — even when the Herdmans come to our church.

Reflections of Christmas Past and Present

“I may not understand His thoughts or His ways, I will not lean to my own understanding; I will trust Him in all that I do. I hope the Christmas season brings you as much joy as it brings me. And always remember: Jesus is the reason for the season!”

Reuse or recycle your Christmas tree

All kinds of factors influence choices about Christmas trees. Regardless of your choice, the key to relieving environmental angst is planning to reuse or recycle your tree.

BLM, Social Movements, and the changing role of chaplains

Chaplains are increasingly present in social movements including Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock. They provide a steady presence to protesters grappling with existential questions amid deep tensions that characterize such situations.

The Me I See: My Race, My Faith, My Identity

“Are you brown all over?” The innocence of the question did nothing to prevent me from being flabbergasted. As I stared into the almost cartoon-sized blue eyes of this 4-year-old boy, compassion filled my heart. I simply smiled and replied, “Why yes, of course!” He...

Generosity: Going beyond the tithe

It isn’t by force or threat that we should approach generosity. It is with full conviction of who we are in Christ that we live generous lives. It goes far beyond one moment one day a week. It should bleed into our everyday lives.

50 years in, Chisholm’s historic victory offers inspiration

For inspiration and example, the list of winners that includes Ayanna Pressley, Lucy McBath, Jahana Hayes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and others might want to learn from the lessons of Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

Why are we STILL explaining that blackface is racist?

Once again, another racist incident about blackface has made headlines. This time it surrounds NBC host Megyn Kelly, who apologized both on air and in a memo to colleagues after her on-air comments defending racist Halloween costumes.

On The Pursuit of Kiki … and the Church

Leaning into the last quarter of the year, we won’t soon forget #summer18 as the time Drake and Kiki had us in our feelings. The Drake and Kiki dynamic is cute, but pales in stark comparison to the dynamic of Christ and his pursuit of the Church.

What does the Bible mean to Black millennials?

In our shifting religious landscape — one that largely does not formally hear and heed the voices of Black millennials — I’ve wondered how they value and engage Scripture as they flip the pages of the Bible or scroll the sacred text on smartphones.

White boys will be boys: Kavanaugh, #MeToo and race

Thursday’s drama on Capitol Hill and evangelical Christians’ responses to it reveals much about the racial problem at the heart of white conservative Christian America. In short, black boys can never simply be “boys.”

30 Years of Christians in Hip-Hop

A notable, special, and interesting collection of 30 rap songs by Christian artists, including a bunch of “honorable mention” titles.

Are You Afraid to Raise Your Voice?

Author Kathy Khang will motivate you to find your own personal voice for the good of the community and sharing God’s Word — particularly when race, ethnicity, and gender are at play.

Difficult Conversations: Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications

Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die than white mothers in pregnancy and childbirth. The disparity has existed for decades. Women of varying ages open up about their experiences to address how the disparity has affected generations of black women — and even women in the same families.

A Giving Father

A personal tribute from a daughter about her selfless father, a man of unwavering faith who cared deeply for his family and ingrained a ministry of caring for others in his children.

Women athletes honor God with their bodies

For young women, a focus on physical discipline can be great practice for developing their spiritual discipline. A meditation on female athletes, the Olympic spirit, and our bodies as reflections of God’s glory.

The surprisingly beautiful Africa the media never shows you

When Motebang Moeketsi looks at his country, he sees the majesty of its mountains, the stillness of its rivers and the joy of its people. Moeketsi lives in Lesotho, a country that sits between the Drakensberg and Maloti mountain ranges and is surrounded by South...

Millennials, Faith, and the Black Church

UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.) and Urban Faith led an open dialogue with millennial influencers on Millennials, Faith, and the Future of the Black Church at the 104th Hampton Minister’s Conference.

#HarveyTaughtMe Part 1: Storms and Skeptics

I have been working in the city of Houston since 2012 and in my five years of living in the state of Texas I never experienced a “real” hurricane making landfall—until Harvey. What our city experienced was something much more than any of us could have imagined, as so...

How to Avoid the Box of Limitation

We have been privileged to live in a generation that has mastered the art of multitasking, being able to do multiple things at the same time and excelling. You really have to, otherwise, life will pass you by. Sometimes the news changes so fast that if you wait too...

What’s Really Going On in Syria?

As an American, it is very difficult for me to understand the conflict in Syria; the depth of which encompasses hundreds of years of political and religious battle lines. Modern technology brings international attention to the plight of the citizens there. Images...

Flip The Script For An Invitation into Artistic Inclusion

So another Black History Month is here, and for artists, writers, musicians, and other creative types that hail from the Black community, it’s an opportunity that comes with a burden. February is a time when your workplace, school, or church might be more open to...

What is Kwanzaa Really About?

All week long, African Americans have been celebrating Kwanzaa across the U.S. Perhaps you may attend a Kwanzaa celebration at your church or even participate in Kwanzaa in the comforts of your own home, but do you really know why? What is Kwanzaa and why do so many...

National Observance of Juneteenth is Still a Struggle

With the release of films such as 12 Years a Slave and The Birth of a Nation and the re-make of the "Roots" mini-series in 2016, we have seen our fair share of the history of black slavery. However, the past few years may have marked the beginning of a burgeoning...

Why Are We So Fascinated with the Illuminati?

We are fascinated with the Illuminati. If you have been following any celebrity of note, then you have to be familiar with the concept of the Illuminati. The secret society that controls the world from the shadows is supposedly filled with Black celebrities. Jay-Z,...

We’re Still Doing Easter?

Is it time for Easter again? It doesn’t feel like Easter season. Easter (or Resurrection Sunday for the purists) is around the corner, and yet many Millennials feel little reason to celebrate. When I think of Easter, I think of special sermons, church presentations,...

Inside the Prison Industrial Complex

An analysis of the prison industrial complex from the racial bias inherent in incarceration rates to exploitative labor practices and how the church should respond.

The Sex Slave Next Door

Human sex trafficking is harming women and children around the globe, but it’s also enslaving people in our own neighborhoods. Here’s what you need to know about a growing crisis.