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Category: Black
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Black Faces

On last week, Mark Robinson and I went down to Orlando to meet with Michael Mewborn, my counterpart, before the PCA General Assembly. This was a very impromptu meeting, which means there wasn’t any long preparation and planning. Also Mark and Michael never met in person before then, although, I did introduce them to one another via the phone. So we all thought it would be a good opportunity to connect and bond.

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Posted on: 06/26/06:

I Need Grace

Category: General
Posted by: epeay
Broken Vessel

As the ministry of RBA strives to minister to the African American community and also specifically to churches in the African American community, it will become necessary at some point and on some level to combat the deep rooted spiritual pride (often rooted in perceived personal spiritual experiences and "victories") that often is found there (in some churches). I pray that God would magnify in our hearts our daily need of him to do and become all things for his glory.

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Category: General
Posted by: rhkeyman
Foundations

I recently engaged in a series of e-mail exchanges with a friend who made the following statement in reference to the historical veracity of election: “If John Calvin, and Martin Luther and others believed that God chooses and decides who will be saved, they are absolutely wrong and there is not a shred of biblical evidence to prove their point.” My friend was interpreting the Bible based on his American ideals of fairness and equality, as viewed through the lens of the civil rights movement, and naturally concluded that election, as well as a God that elects, is unfair. In response I replied, “While you may not hold to the Biblical doctrine of election or believe in its authenticity, it is simply incorrect to say, ‘there is not a shred of biblical evidence to prove their point.’” Answering this statement, made by a Christian and pastor with a genuine love for the Lord caused me to think about epistemology and how our presuppositions influence our interpretation. In this post I will reflect on three issues relating to epistemology (study of knowledge) and hermeneutics: how our presuppositions influence our interpretation, how the American Church frequently democratizes the Bible, and the implications and applications of these things for us as Reformed Christians.

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Category: Theology
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Illuminated Path

Preceding Points
Black American Slavery, Varied Oppression and the Exiled Israel
Much of black liberation theology focused on a one-to-one correspondence between blacks and Israel based on the context of slavery, injustice, etc. This parallel was evidenced in various ways in the history of these theological writings. At times this parallel accounted for helpful Scriptural application but when forced this parallel misrepresented the text and the situation of Moses and the Israelites and/or blacks. I cannot make a general conclusion on the historical positive or negative influence of such usage for several reasons: 1) I see its purpose and application in spirituals and slave songs, 2) to a degree, I see its purpose and application preceding and during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s, 3) however, I struggle today (in large part due to my lack of study of its particular and contextual usage among blacks and my comfortable middle-class upbringing) to readily identify with the meaning and emphasis of such a parallel. Therefore, I cannot articulate as well as others the need for such a statement in large part because of who I am as a black man. But my lack of understanding should not speak to the appropriateness or effectiveness of such a parallel whose usefulness at points may or may not extend to the realm of legitimate biblical application. Therefore, this application of Genesis to the lives of African-Americans will not give noted consideration to this parallel.

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Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Two Paths

This work will make a brief and general assessment of black liberation theology and its shortcomings in the application of Scripture while also providing a foundation for a better way to apply Scripture and doctrine to the lives of African-Americans. My important point in this work is not concentrated on highlighting black liberation theology from a historical standpoint but rather to be very clear in stating that its most crucial shortcoming is not the integrity, passion and heart of its theologians but the quality and integrity of their biblical method. Their approach to Scripture is forced and often I think their struggle and plight with and against certain aspects of society is an extension of their biblical struggle to make their exegetical method work. Many questions that are posed by liberal black theologians of the past and present are good questions. The problems arise when attempts are made to answer these questions from Scripture using an over simplified literal method or “flat approach” that does not consider the author, audience and the contextual historical framework from which Scripture was written.

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Category: Social
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Two Black Men

The Washington Post is now doing a series on Black men that I hope to follow and provide some level of commentary. Here is what they want to do that is provided in one of the first articles, “At the Corner of Progress and Peril” of the series:
In the coming weeks and months, The Washington Post will explore the lives of black men through their experiences -- how they raise their sons, cope with wrongful imprisonment, navigate the perceived terrain between smart and cool, defy convention against the backdrop of racial expectations. On Sunday, The Post will publish the findings of a major poll conducted jointly with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The nationwide survey measured the attitudes of black men on a variety of issues and asked others for their views of black men
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Category: General
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Man Encountering Darkness

How do we allow the text to shape our lives? How do our experiences enhance our understanding of the text? How can we read and communicate the Bible so that it addresses and ministers to people? How do our lives reflect the truth and power of Scripture? Only by examining my life and Scripture in unison can I answer such questions. Hopefully, this brief writing will provide an example or description of the way in which our lives encounter Scripture and consequently how our lives and understanding of Scripture are changed in the process.

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