The Jazz Theologian
April 2011 Archives

Last weeks easter message…

“De-Egyptianization” is the term for what happened to Israel in the desert.  After four hundred years of slavery their culture and identity was virtually destroyed and in need of restoration.  They were in such bad shape that even though God […]

At The Sankofa Institute we are reading Carl Ellis’ Free At Last:  The Gospel in the African-American Experience.  Outside of the Bible this is the most influential book in my life.  Ellis is seeking to demonstrate a way for all […]

This week President Obama hosted his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast.  He spoke briefly about Christ’s resurrection and grace. He is risen…He is risen indeed! (Read my review of, “The Faith of Barack Obama” entitled, “Belonging Before Believing)

Jesus said to his disciples, “could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt. 26.40)  This has inspired Christians to keep vigil with Jesus starting tonight through Good Friday. The goal is to meditate upon Jesus’ final hours. […]

Jesus died on the cross for many reasons.  One of which was to set us free from sin.  Because of Christ’s work on the cross we are no longer are slaves to our sinful desires–as hard as it may be […]

What do you think about W. E. B. Du Bois’ concept of The Talented Tenth? William Edward Burghardt (aka–W.E.B) Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a PH.D. from Harvard.  He went on to be a history professor, editor […]

Scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver.  This guy must have Jesus grinning from ear to ear!

Woudn’t it be nice if there were a template for the Christian life?  There is…

Chad Holtz lost his job because he struggles with hell.  What did he do for a living? He was a pastor. Marrow Chapel in Henderson, North Carolina, dismissed him not because he doesn’t believe in hell but because he struggles […]