Maundy Thursday Communion

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Here’s a mini Maundy Thursday service. I really enjoyed this message from SarcasticLutheran. “Hurt people, hurt people. Forgiven people, forgive people. And loved people, love people.” Sermon Communion Minister: The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my […]

The Danger of Discrediting “Strippers Rapping”

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Salt-N-Pepa’s lyrics helped me learn to verbalize the concepts of sexual liberation, autonomy, and women’s ability to be sexual without losing their dignity. Their lyrics were a rebellious voice that challenged the sexism, respectability politics, and the confining and conservative interpretation of womanhood that was present in the church and culture around me.

Black Jesus, a Non-Virgin Mary and the Image of God

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Last week NBC announced that John Legend had been cast as Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! which will air Easter Sunday. Legend’s casting bumps against the traditional portrayal of Jesus as a white man, despite historical and biblical accounts describing Jesus as a Middle Eastern Jew. While it’s important to […]

“In Defense of R. Kelly…”

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While driving back from the beach Sunday afternoon, R. Kelly’s “Bump n’ Grind” came on a 90’s playlist. Carpool karaoke ended. An awkward silence fell throughout the car. And frowns appeared on our faces. “I just can’t listen to his music anymore.” “Because he’s an unapologetic sexual predator who sings about his sins,” I responded. […]