by: Pastor Earl Stephen Roberts
POINTING US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
A Lesson From The Wisdom of King Solomon
Here we are today, over three thousand years into the future; from the Times in which King Solomon wrote the following words:
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven…..He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1; 11 Amplified Version Continue reading Being Black and God’s Elect
A presentation to the 53rd National Black Evangelical Association Convention of 2016: The Cries for Historical Identity and Healing.
By Dr. Anne Bailey, NBEA member and Author of African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame.(Beacon Press, 2005)
These are troubling times but people of African descent have known great troubles. As the Negro spiritual goes, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows my sorrow.” The legacy of slavery and racism has meant a history of suffering and pain but that suffering has an end. There was slavery, but there was also emancipation- an emancipation that Jesus made possible.
What is more, God uses this suffering for His greater good. God uses “the weak things” to confound the wise so who, if not you, people of color, should speak up in these troubling times? Who if not you, should share your testimony of “how you got over”? Who if not you, Continue reading God can use our Suffering for His Greater Glory
by: Rev. Joel Washington (Khunanpu Sangoma)
“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I cannot be silent.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond Vietnam, April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, NYC, to Clergy & Laity Concerned About the Vietnam War-
“A true revolution of values will lay hand on world order and say of war, ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate Continue reading Urban Ministry Notes on the Recent Dallas Shooting-Part 1
by Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr.
Last night, two young Black Christian leaders from our community came to visit us. They joined a steady stream of young people who’ve come to our home in the last few years seeking answers. One brother was primarily concerned about unjust policing in our city, the other with the high crime rate in his neighborhood.
Both of these issues have affected them and their friends deeply. My two young brothers expressed their frustration with measures that often lack practical application, be they protest or prayer. They were united by their larger concern over the lack of discipleship, the absence of applied biblical principles, and a prophetic void – all three, they sensed, Continue reading Reflections on Black Lives