Building A Better Future

By Wes Crawford             For the better part of the 20th century, white and African American leaders within Churches of Christ perpetuated an illusion of racial unity through their public speech, sermons, journal articles, and lectureships. If one’s only windows into 20th century American society were lectureships and journals affiliated with Churches of Christ, she or he would […]

The Myth of White Superiority – Part 3

By Jonathan Storment I think it’s interesting that the Bible never hints at what race Adam and Eve were. When the first human is introduced into the story he is simply called ’ādām, which means “humankind.” Their “race” is not identifiable; Adam and Eve are neither black or white, they’re not even Jews. The division of humankind into […]

An Illusion of Unity

By Wes Crawford Historically speaking, how have Churches of Christ addressed the issue of race? In my article last week, I mentioned that at the time of the American Civil War, members of the Stone-Campbell Movement owned more slaves, per capita, than any other religious body in the United States. In the mid-twentieth century, colleges […]

The Myth of White Superiority Part 2

By Jonathan Storment “The highest goal of human beings [is] not the preservation of any given state or government, but the preservation of their kind.”-Adolf Hitler In the 1940’s two Psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark performed a series of tests on African-American children designed to see how living in a segregated society impacted them. They […]

Seein’ My Father In Me

By Wes Crawford Paul Overstreet, country music songwriter and singer who had a handful of hits in the mid-1990s, released a song in 1990 entitled “Seein’ My Father in Me.” The chorus of that song includes the lyrics:  I’m seein’ my father in meI guess that’s how it’s meant to beAnd I find I’m more […]

The Myth of White Superiority (Part 1)

By Jonathan Storment “The Caucasian differs from all other races: he is humane; he is civilized and progressive…. The Caucasian has often been master of other races—never their slave.” – Unitarian preacher and romantic transcendentalist thinker Theodore Parker Last year, I went with some people from the church I serve to one of my favorite museums. […]

Race And Restoring the New Testament Church

What does it mean to restore the New Testament church? Does it mean getting five acts of worship right? Does it mean having correct, biblical governance? Does it mean preaching the five steps to salvation? What about how we live our lives the other 6 days a week? What does it mean to restore the […]

A Vision Bigger Than Getting Church Right One Hour A Week

I cannot help but wonder if we aren’t getting positioned for change in our churches. COVID19 kicked it off. God has our attention. Now we have a lot of visible hurt in the Black community and we grieve injustice. With many churches just now getting started meeting in person and many others getting ready to, […]