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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 never know about the thousands of lynchings that occurred…

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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…

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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 operated by Churches of Christ were among…

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By Jonathan Storment

“The highest goal of human beings 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.

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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 and…

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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. It’s the National Civil Rights Museum in…

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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 New Testament church?

I am going to walk us…

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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, what do we do in a time like this?

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I wish judging wasn’t such a big thing, especially in the church. But it is. It’s human nature to compare. People judge other people. Ministers judge other ministers. Churches judge other churches.

The kingdom of heaven is a world without this kind of judging, just as Eden was a comparison-less world. Adam wasn’t worried about who had…

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John 12:44-45 “Then Jesus cried out, ‘When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.’”

“I can only imagine” is the title of a popular and inspirational song. What will it be like to see the Savior in all…

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