Words for the Journey – “Makes Me Wanna Holler”

In 1971, Marvin Gaye released Inner City Blues.  Those of us old enough to remember may recall his song “Makes Me Wanna Holler…” We may also lament that it has been fifty years and far too little has changed for far too many People of Color since the release of this...

Words for the Journey — A Raceless Gospel?

One of the first steps in the journey toward Beloved Community is to take our own experience of baptism seriously by following Jesus as he walks wet into the world. Each of the synoptic Gospel writers is clear in telling us that after Jesus’ own baptism, his first...

Words for the Journey — Women’s History Month

“Black Baptist Women in Ministry and the Principality of Patriarchy” As we march into Women’s History Month, I’ve been thinking about women in ministry, particularly Black Baptist women in ministry.   This area is especially near and dear to me as my wife, the...

Words for the Journey — January 2021

The Adinkra symbol “Mpatapo” or “Knot of Reconciliation” represents the bond, or knot, that binds parties in a dispute or disagreement to a peaceful and harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking following strife.  Because of this, New Baptist Covenant...

Words for the journey — November 2020

Bless the Lord, O my soul,    and all that is within me,    bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,    and do not forget all his benefits—3 who forgives all your iniquity,    who heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the Pit,    who crowns you...

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