Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham

Robert Boyle—a seventeenth-century scientist who also was a theologian and a devout Christian—refuted the idea that blackness was caused by the curse of Ham, in his book Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours (1664). He wrote: "And not only we do not find expressed in the Scripture, that the Curse meant by Noah to Cham, was … Continue reading Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham

Racism Is Sin

If you want to know what the Bible has to say about racism and other forms of discrimination, just search for words like “favouritism” and “partiality” and you’ll find more than enough. Consider for instance Deuteronomy 10:17-18 which says, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, … Continue reading Racism Is Sin

Hostility put to death

Racist logic is nullified in Christ: "For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the … Continue reading Hostility put to death

Black and Beautiful?

I fear something has been lost here in artistic translation. Consider this image inspired by the Song of Songs, then consider the verse below from the Song of Songs. Can you spot the incongruity?   I am black and beautiful,     O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar,     like the curtains of Solomon. Do … Continue reading Black and Beautiful?

Aussie Christmas Haikus

Here's a few haikus I penned over the break... Bring the children unto me Summer Christmas cheer Drinks around the BBQ Water babies laugh Currents of Love Warm ocean enfolds, My body as I dip in. Ah, so refreshing! Set the world ablaze Pentecost moments – In advance of gum tree blaze Ash falls on … Continue reading Aussie Christmas Haikus