Deconstructing the Whiteness of Christ

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In their fascinating new book, historians Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey probe the origins of the ‘American Jesus’ and the sometimes harmful, sometimes helpful ways that race interacts with our faith. Read more

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Mr. President, What Happened Last Night?

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There has been plenty of speculation about President Obama’s lackluster performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney, but one thing is clear: Barack didn’t bring it. Read more

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Dylan Penningroth: Unearthing Hidden Facets of Black History

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This 2012 MacArthur Fellowship recipient is doing groundbreaking work that reveals surprising aspects of African American slave life, and how it paved the way for black freedom. Read more

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To Be Young, Black, and Inspired

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In Preacha!, novelist and poet Wanda Thomas Littles chronicles the poignant journey of a young boy overcoming the racism from outside and within his Southern community. Read more

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Black to the Future

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For nearly 50 years, the National Black Evangelical Association has brought together African American pastors, scholars, and laypeople for spiritual and intellectual support. As the group prepared for its annual conference, we chatted with NBEA president Rev. Walter McCray. Read more

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Altered Calls

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In her new book, ‘After the Altar Call,’ UrbanFaith contributor Jacqueline J. Holness interviews a variety of women about the highs and lows of following Christ. Read more

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The Ghost of Christmas Pride

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When my caroling group gave the desperate man a helping hand, we expected gratitude. We thought someone begging on the street would be thankful for our holiday kindness. We were wrong. Read more

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‘Addiction Is Spiritual’

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The public struggles of celebrities like the late Amy Winehouse reveal how insensitive our society has become to drug and alcohol abuse. But the problem is real, says therapist LaTonya Mason Summers, and we need to reject the ugly trend of laughing at its destructive effects. Read more

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Is Gadhafi a Martyr?

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Some wonder whether the late Libyan ruler was unjustly overthrown — and whether the United States is complicit in the offense. Read more

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The Inevitable Amy Winehouse

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Perhaps the most tragic thing about the singer’s sad and untimely death is how unsurprising it was. Read more

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