Thank God the American Church is Not Growing: A Lament

by Rev. Gareth Murray Jr., Lead Pastor of  Hillendale Baptist Church What if I told you that American church growth – as presently constructed – might harm the country and the witness of Christ more than church decline? Sounds crazy,...

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Dying by Guns

Inez Tuck, MDiv, PhD, IJF Advisory Board Member I’m shocked, disappointed, saddened, and outraged over the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado. Innocent lives were taken by one person with an automatic pistol. We mourn across the nation for these...

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American Exceptionalism: Really? For Whom?

Dr. Henry Allen, IJF Advisory Board Chair In popular culture, among voluntary immigrants and those less informed sociologically, it is often assumed or internalized by many citizens that the United States is exceptional.  To wit, the notion is that the...

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How Long? – Holding on to Hope

By Rev. Jim Melson, Executive Director of The Cornelius Corps  The news reports this week about hatred, violence, and death from Atlanta, GA and Boulder, CO are devastating. The combination of racist anti-Asian hate and mass murder raises the question,...

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Taking the White Christian Nationalist Symbols at the Capitol Riot Seriously

Taking the White Christian Nationalist Symbols at the Capitol Riot Seriously

The attack exposed the comfortable juxtaposition of Christianity and white supremacy. If there was one thing of value to come out of the shameful chaos of Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, it’s that the horrific events made plain the...

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Indiginous People’s Day: Rev. Jim Melson

Indiginous People’s Day: Rev. Jim Melson

An article from our new partner Cornelius Corps This week there was a holiday that had a new name in Virginia where I live. For the first time, the second Monday in October was called Indigenous Peoples Day instead of...

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Walking in Old Town Alexandria

Walking in Old Town Alexandria

Reflections from a recent walking tour of sites of white privilege and black resistance along the path to racial justice. I welcomed the first crisp, cool Saturday morning with a walk around Old Town Alexandria. I wasn't alone, invited to join a...

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Justice Formation Fellowship – For Such a Time as This

Justice Formation Fellowship – For Such a Time as This

By Dr. Drew Hill, Senior Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church, Arlington, Virginia Last summer during my sabbatical I made an unforgettable journey, a civil rights pilgrimage across our country. Beginning here in D.C. at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History, I traveled...

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Cosby and Human Nature by Gareth Murray Jr.

Cosby and Human Nature by Gareth Murray Jr.

I loved watching the Cosby Show growing up. As a younger adult I used to watch the Cosby Show nearly everyday on DVD to give me a taste of home while I was living abroad. I can't tell you...

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Life with Black people… by Gareth Murray Jr.

Life with Black people… by Gareth Murray Jr.

Life with Black people is about to get harder. When it became more commonplace for married women to work outside the home, a lot of men resented this shift in culture because it made life harder for them. They longed...

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