Reflection on Letter from a Birmingham Jail

In April 1963, King was jailed for leading a march without a permit to protest segregated businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. King was also leading a boycott of white-owned stores to protest segregation. On April 12, eight moderate white Christian and Jewish clergymen wrote a statement in The Birmingham News opposing King, the march, and theContinue reading “Reflection on Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

The R Word: A Community Conversation Part 2

In the final episode of The R Word, we hear from Black Christian leaders Rev. Suzanne Bridges, Rev. Stephen Ivey, Dustin McGowan, and Chris Seawood, along with host Lowell Taylor, recorded at a live community conversation, Thursday, July 28th at The Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. This is Part 2 of aContinue reading “The R Word: A Community Conversation Part 2”

The R Word: A Community Conversation Part 1

In the final episode of The R Word, we hear from Black Christian leaders Rev. Suzanne Bridges, Rev. Stephen Ivey, Dustin McGowan and Chris Seawood, along with host Lowell Taylor, recorded at a live community conversation, Thursday, July 28th at The Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The panel addresses the question ofContinue reading “The R Word: A Community Conversation Part 1”

The R Word: Repair and Reconciliation Through the Pursuit of Justice with Jemar Tisby

On the third episode of The R Word, Lowell speaks with Jemar Tisby, founder of The Witness Foundation, on his two books, How to Fight Racism and The Compromise of Color: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Jemar speaks to the American Christian Church’s history of complicity in racism, his call for Black Christians encountering racism withinContinue reading “The R Word: Repair and Reconciliation Through the Pursuit of Justice with Jemar Tisby”

The R Word: A Conversation about Reparations with Greg Thompson

In Episode 2 of The R Word, Lowell talks with Greg Thompson, co-author of Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair. Greg discusses why reparations are necessary in racial, social and economic justice and healing and why the Christian Church plays an important role in leading the way. https://www.kuaf.com/podcast/the-r-word/2022-07-18/the-r-word-2

Letter to NWA United Partner Members

To the Partner Members of NWA United, I hope you are well. The purpose of this short letter is to invite you to work to end mass incarceration in Washington County as an expression of your commitment to be united in the gospel against racism for justice generally and commitment #7 (action) specifically: Love isContinue reading “Letter to NWA United Partner Members”

The Root & Fruit of Repentance

I wrote this sermon for my Introduction to the New Testament class at Fuller Theological Seminary in March, 2022. Introduction Good morning! The title of today’s sermon is “The Root and Fruit of Repentance.” The text is Matthew 3:1-10. Matthew 3:1-10 says in the NRSV: “In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wildernessContinue reading “The Root & Fruit of Repentance”

Theology & Action Project

I used this project as an opportunity to reflect on the work of Reparations NOW NWA in the context of white evangelicalism in America and Northwest Arkansas. Summary My thesis is that before white evangelicals can transform either America or Northwest Arkansas, we need to be transformed — we need to confess and repent ofContinue reading “Theology & Action Project”