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White Church Leaders, Are You Listening? (Blog 24)

White Church Leaders, Are You Listening? (Blog 24)

I’m sure that this title is going to attract attention, and it is intended to do just that! However, it is only a question, right? In my next post I am going to provide some encouraging examples of white leaders who are definitely listening. At the same time, I am...

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Black Tax and White Privilege ─ What??? (Blog 2)

Black Tax and White Privilege ─ What??? (Blog 2)

A number of people have looked at the title I’ve chosen for my blog and had the response above, as in “What’s That?” Black tax is a term becoming increasingly popular, and it is one that is very helpful in identifying certain attitudes and actions toward African...

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The Silence Must End (Blog 3)

The Silence Must End (Blog 3)

The silence must end; the conversations must begin. I feel like my role in life right now has become the starter of discussions. My final letter regarding the last two chapters in my book, “My Three Lives,” was sent out to encourage more and more discussions about how...

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The End of Jim Crow? (Blog 4)

The End of Jim Crow? (Blog 4)

As I wrote in my last posting, the Jim Crow laws that supposedly supported “separate but equal” status for people of color ended by decision of the Supreme Court in 1954. On May 17 of that year, Chief Justice Earl Warren publicly announced the court's decision...

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Early Christmas Presents! (Blog 6)

Early Christmas Presents! (Blog 6)

Most of us like presents of all types, and for many people, Christmas is one of their very favorite times of the year. Therefore, early Christmas presents are really special. Personally, gifts are not high on my list of “love languages,” but occasionally I receive a...

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Does It Matter? (Blog 7)

Does It Matter? (Blog 7)

An Introduction As I’ve mentioned several times, I have a group of carefully chosen advisors who have provided me with invaluable input for my blog. They have taught me, corrected me, and encouraged me. My intention from the beginning was to use them to also write...

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Positive Memories About Race From My Youth (Blog 8)

Originally, I had planned to write one blog article about some of the negative experiences during my youth as I watched racism operate, as well as one containing more positive memories. I decided to skip the negative parts, since those are so readily available from a...

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Shoe Day (Blog 9)

Shoe Day (Blog 9)

An Introduction Yesterday I read an article on Facebook by our dear brother, Scott Green, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Not only did I think it was an excellent article, I was impressed that he wrote it while in the middle of his battle with brain cancer. He...

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Coming to Terms with Terms (Blog 10)

Coming to Terms with Terms (Blog 10)

Addressing the Fear Factor If you have been keeping up with my blog articles, you know that my main objective in writing is to strongly encourage interracial discussions in the church about racial issues. We are biblically the family of God, brothers and sisters in...

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Black History Month (Blog 11)

February’s Black History Month is drawing to a close. I haven’t written about this earlier because, as I stated in one past post, 2017 is Black History Year for me. My writing focus for this year will continue to focus on racial issues that need to be addressed and...

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Black History Month 2 — (Blog 12)

Black History Month 2 — (Blog 12)

“Learning from a Movie” In the previous post about Black History Month, I mentioned the movie, “Something the Lord Made.” I further mentioned that the father and both of his sons viewed and approached their lives differently, with each having something to teach us....

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Black History Month 3 (Blog 13)

Black History Month 3 (Blog 13)

“Black Professional Sports Heroes” Honestly, it is difficult to know just where to start with this article. In the United States, the number of black professional sports heroes is staggering. As would be expected, it was a steep uphill climb for black athletes to...

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Why Think That White is Right? (Blog 15)

Why Think That White is Right? (Blog 15)

Do you think that white is the right skin color? Where did that idea originate? Even if you are a non-white person, how much have you accepted the idea that white is right? You may be surprised with your answer, if you dig below the surface. Does the Bible give us an...

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Crossing the Line Book — Chapter Summaries (Blog 19)

Crossing the Line Book — Chapter Summaries (Blog 19)

As I began reading Michael’s manuscript of this recently printed book, I knew that I was going to devote considerable attention to encouraging its reading. Michael is a humble man, and I suspect he will be hesitant to promote his book as intensely as others will, not...

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A Unifying Kingdom (Blog 20)

Introduction: The following article was published in the church bulletin of a congregation in Athens, Georgia recently – a church within the ICOC fellowship. It illustrates a number of important lessons regarding racial issues viewed from a biblical perspective....

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Nationalism and Racism (Blog 21)

Nationalism and Racism (Blog 21)

I could have written an article with this title a year ago, but it would not have been quite as jarring as this one is. In the past year, I have expanded my knowledge considerably of my black friends’ worldview, and have altered mine in the process. This has been a...

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Author’s note: Find more resources in the new Oneness column at disciplestoday.org.