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
The good news regarding racism is that God will have the last word, not the racists. The vision of Revelation is that all races will be gathered in by God in the end, with no exclusion on the basis of ethnicity or culture. Our task is to bear witness to this future by how we … Continue reading Good News regarding racism
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
Racism denies the power of the gospel to reconcile different people to God and to one another, and it is offensive to the Father who sent his Son for this very reason.
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
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?
This religiously inspired image, featuring a black Mary and baby Jesus, originally featured as an advertisement. Does an image of a black Jesus disturb you? If it does, why? Does it disturb you that its unhistorical? If so, does an image of a white Jesus disturb you just as much?
What would it mean for black Christians and white Christians to place their loyalty to Christ above their loyalty to their colour? What would it really mean?
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