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Past Is Prologue

The image is not only inaccurate — it’s harmful

A painting of Jesus resurrected. This Jesus looks clearly white.
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On June 22, 2020, Shaun King tweeted, “Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy.”

A Reflection on the Siege of the U.S. Capitol by Domestic Terrorists

Police set off percussion grenades in front of the US Capitol building during the riot on January 6, 2021. (Reuters: Leah Millis)

“Lord, public shame belongs to us, our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you.” Daniel 9:8 (CSB)

On January 6, 2021 Democracy was attacked. While Senators and House Representatives debated the electoral votes from the state of Arizona, domestic terrorists scaled the walls of the U.S. Capitol. Shattering windows and breaking doors, insurrectionists entered the offices of elected officials and even illegally entered the Senate floor. A most egregious act was to see an anarchist standing from the very podium only moments earlier Vice President Mike Pence and Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood.

Framed as…

A Daily News Devotional

Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff are the Democratic candidates for Georgia’s seats EPA From BBC News

The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword.” — Haggai 2:20–21 (CSB)

This morning Americans are preoccupied with the burden of flipping a country. Citizens of the great State of Georgia are standing in line to participate in their senatorial elections. The ‘Exonerated…

What The Bible Has to Say About Suicide

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Depression is subtle. It has a way of sneaking up on you. You’re not quite sure when, how, or why it comes, but you can’t seem to get from under it. It’s more than sadness. More than disappointment. Depression is a shroud of darkness around you, even though the sun is shinning. It’s a thousand weighted blankets on top of you holding you captive to your thoughts. It’s quicksand. The moment you step in you feel trapped, and the more you move the deeper you sink.

Matt Adler, a successful attorney, husband, and father of two young children found himself…

Exposing the global misappropriation of religious freedom and its ties with authoritarianism

The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty. This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty. It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right. — Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

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James E. Wood Jr wrote an article entitled, “A Biblical View of Religious Liberty” for The Ecumenical Review published in January 1978. In it he writes that “religious liberty is biblically rooted in man’s nature and in his inalienable right to respond…

Is unity achievable amidst great difference?

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On June 3, 1990 Maya Angelou’s poem “These Yet-to-be-United States” was published in the Los Angeles Times. In the six stanza masterpiece, not once is America or the United States mentioned. Instead, Angelou refers to the influence and control that implicitly belongs to the United States and questions how the pain, suffering, and cries of America are so easily overlooked. She writes: “Tremors of your network/cause kings to disappear/your open mouth in anger/makes nations bow in fear/Your bombs can change the seasons/obliterate the spring/what more do you long for/why are you suffering?” Such lines juxtaposed against her title “These Yet-to-be-United…

How Senator Kamala Harris Highlighted the Families and Victims of Police Brutality

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Towards the end of the highly anticipated Vice Presidential Debate, moderator Susan Page asked the candidates, starting with Senator Kamala Harris, whether or not justice was served in the case of Breonna Taylor.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Embracing myself as an Influencer of Thought

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The words that follow are uncomfortable. Not because I’ve never written them, but because I’ve never shared them.

Writing is something I’ve always loved. I enjoy gathering words together like wild flowers arranging them in sentences like beautiful bouquets. But more than loving the act of writing do I enjoy the process of persuading thought. I don’t write for the sole purpose of adding meaningless words to a page. Writing for me is purpose. It is the exposition of thought. It is the articulation of ideas. …

Beyoncé’s Cinematic Reimagining of Disney’s The Lion King

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An Afro-Futurist adaptation of Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King, “Black is King” is a cinematic musical production directed, written and executive produced by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé. The film is a visual companion to the 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift,” an album curated by Beyoncé in conjunction with Disney’s live action remake of The Lion King, released in the same year.

“Black is King”

“Black is King” stars 7-year-old actor Folajomi “FJ” Akinmurele as Simba. Following the traditional narrative of the Disney classic, Akinmurele brings the character of Simba to life. Through the beauty and power of his flesh, Akinmurele distorts…

In America’s beginning was slavery, and slavery was in America, and slavery was America. Slavery was with America in the beginning. Every American system, structure, ideology, and cultural expression was created through slavery and apart from slavery not one thing in America has ground to stand upon.

These opening lines are written as a mirror to the prolong of John’s Gospel. I begin in this way because it is critical for you understand that American politics and persecution are intimately attached to how American Christianity reads the Bible. What if we changed this? What if we started reading the Bible…

Claudia M. Allen

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