The news of the passing of renowned evangelist Billy Graham has brought about a massive stream of effusive praise from his fans and admirers. This public is understandable but merits critical interrogation especially from African Americans familiar with Graham's checkered past as it relates civil rights and race relations. For this reason, Billy has written a courageous reflection on the legacy of Graham that shows why his theology and social views make it difficult for some to celebrate him even in death. Check it out and please share.
Christian based conversations about race relations and reconciliation has become an industry in contemporary Christianity, especially among the so-called evangelical wing. There are conferences, books, speaking tours and sermons produced continually talking about how the church can overcome the challenges of race and come together for the sake of Jesus. But despite the popularity of racial reconciliation ministry Billy is not impressed and is speaking his mind about why. Check out what he has to say.
In this insightful post Billy lifts up the importance of the public pastoral model of ministry. He also shows how this model of ministry has been neglected in contemporary life because it's not as sexy as some other models. In addition, Billy shows how the public minister tradition, though marginal, has always been an important part of American social life and then he concludes by offering a clarion call for the rise of more public pastor-theologians.
As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King approaches Billy provides a list of books that will be helpful in understanding the true legacy, life and mission of MLK. A list such as this is even more important today because there are those who seek to co-opt and in some cases sanitize the legacy of MLK for their own personal agenda and gain. This is unacceptable. All the more reason to read and share Billy's list of MLK books.
In this blog post Billy gives an insightful and illustrative overview of what it means to preach with sacred imagination. Pulling from his over 20 years of preaching experience Billy shares some tools for effective communication in the 21st century. If you are a preacher, religious educator, public speaker or just someone interested in the art of preaching you need to read this! Check it out! #TruthOnTheLoose
In this post Billy makes the bold proclamation that if White supremacy is ever going to end White people will have to take the lead in defeating it. Therefore, he sends a prophetic call to White Christians everywhere to stand up in the name of justice and equality and begin to mobilize among themselves. All those concerned about God, love and justice should read and share this post. #TruthOnTheLoose
In this highly commended post Billy provides a stellar account of the 25 year history of the classic book Race Matters. In his account Billy breaks down how Race Matters made it's author Dr. Cornel West a cultural icon. He also talks about how despite Dr. West's notoriety taking a hit in recent times he is still a shining example of intellectual courage and conviction. Anyone interested in learning more about one of the most controversial and provocative thinkers of our time should read and share this post. #TruthOnTheLoose