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Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Altar Call

Quick correlation: Why is it that churches, pastors, etc. who talk about preaching the gospel (e.g. evangelism) offend people (i.e. sinners) and in turn don't really bring about any conversions? In other words, is there a correlation between emphasizing an “offensive” gospel with little to no conversions in our churches, ministries, or lives over a given year? Could it be that our gospel message is so offensive that it no longer has any saving/conversion power? And if our messages hardly ever lead to any conversions to what degree can we call our messages "good news?"

Just a few thoughts…
Category: RBA
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Atlanta Aerial

The Creation of a Kingdom
We may think that the concept of “infrastructure” has nothing to do with the Bible, that it is a 21st century notion for the workplace. But interestingly, the beginning of Genesis opens with God’s creation of an infrastructure through which to display His presence and glory. Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God created the universe in order to create for Himself a Kingdom where His Kingship Rule and glory would be multiplied (Psalms 103:17-22, Matthew 6:10, Revelation 21:1-4). Basically, in creating the universe, God was creating a Kingdom-a location and habitation for Himself and His servants who would affectionately and fearfully esteem Him as King. This was the purpose for God’s creation-God was building a Kingdom, a land which He would rule and which would be possessed by those who would completely and lovingly serve Him.

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Posted on: 08/26/06:

MosDeft Partnership

Category: Partnerships
Posted by: RBA
MosDeft

Websites are one of the most critical aspects of any entity. Even though many churches are hesitant or intimidated by the idea of owning and operating a website, this vital aspect of communication will continue to remain strategic for any organization. With this realization, RBA is pleased to announce that we have joined in alliance with MosDeft in order to better meet the needs of the expanding Reformed community, especially churches.

MosDeft is an international, digital multimedia, web-developing company as well as a strategic ministry consulting firm that delivers powerful Internet solutions and creative ideas for the World Wide Web. It is also a high performing Black Reformed owned firm. You can also view MosDeft’s active portfolio here.

If you or someone you know would be interested in having a website designed for their church, business or personal use and would like to take advantage of this competitive and economical service, please email us at info@reformedblacksofamerica.org with MosDeft in the subject. Include a business or personal name, contact number, email, and brief description of the need. Thanks!

- RBA
Posted on: 08/25/06:

One Book

Category: Misc.
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Anthony Carter has sent the book bug over to me. I'm never really good at these things because I always forget something as soon as I answer the question.

But here goes...

One book that changed your life: Anything by Van Til - if you know Van Til, it is hard to limit his contributions to one book
One book you've read more than once: The Knowledge of the Holy – even with its weaknesses
One book you'd want on a desert island, besides the Bible: The Institutes of Christian Religion
One book that made you laugh: The Institutes of Christian Religion
One book that made you cry: The Doctrine of Repentance
One book you wish you had written: Reformed Dogmatics with some tweaking here and there :-(
One book you wish had never been written: The Prayer of Jabez
One book that you are currently reading: The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
One book that you've been meaning to read: Is Bill Cosby Right?


Tag, you're it: Anthony Bradley, Mark Robinson, Scotty Williams
Category: Black
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Harlem Renaissance Neighborhood

Today, there is a resurgence of Black Art in America. Along with such talks, discussions about establishing an African-American art museum have been at the center. And this should not be surprising. For anyone who knows anything about art, it does not take them long to figure out that Black art is pretty hard to find in mainstream public art forums. What makes matters worse is that an appreciation of Black art is even more marginal in American culture.

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Category: Study Projects
Posted by: lavaris
Neighborhood

Angela Glover Blackwell’s essay entitled, “Ensuring Broad Access to Affordable Neighborhoods that Connect to Opportunity,” is one which has much to contribute to the African American community. Essentially, the article’s thrust seeks to identify the core factors that have likely prohibited African Americans from enjoying a variety of social benefits. Much of her thought is driven by this fundamental concern: “In the United States today, where you live literally determines access to opportunity.” Thus, in identifying the latter statement as that which under-girds many of the apparent fallacies within this ethnic group, she attempts to address the issue by strategically providing helpful methods designed to alleviate these difficulties. Such methods primarily include increased funding of public transportation, particularly within urban areas allowing many (for instance) to reach their jobs and meet other obligations at a respectable time. And of course, as many of us would presume, Blackwell does not seek to construct an entire system that will sufficiently relieve the lack of opportunity within Black America, but in my opinion, she does however have a large scale ambition for initiating the groundwork by which an entire edifice could soon be established. Indeed, a large scale system of thought prescribed specifically for the rejuvenation of less fortunate ethnic groups and families who, by virtue of their location, are unable to have access to good schools and jobs, grocery stores and parks. Yet before I mention much else, I admittedly am ashamed of my own personal irresponsibility of paying little attention to the implications of less fortunate housing and its consequences. It is perhaps conceivable that the problems Blackwell reveals might have been minimized had many of us (who are of age) had the conscious to care more diligently for our community, and particularly, for the welfare of children whose fate rests helplessly in their hands. Moreover, this is not a “soap-box” moment, but if the weight of Black America’s woes are at all apparent to the onlookers in a significant way, and if parents genuinely care for the future of their kids (and therefore the future of America), then we would assume our responsibility as far it depends on us. This, I think, is not a lofty exhortation, one which is not suited (or compatible) for those immediately affected by its consequences, nor is it an insult designed to provoke some sort of emotional “knee-jerk” reaction. Rather, I suggest a calm reflection of what each of us is capable of contributing, or we may simply review what Mrs. Blackwell provides in her essay and select those options that are within our grasp. As such, I would argue that certain fundamental criteria for salvaging and thereafter rejuvenating diminished urban areas, is attainable. That is to say, we may enjoy the first-fruits of our labors, in an inchoate form of course, while reviving within ourselves a sense of dignity as we patiently petition our government to come to our aid. Such a suggestion, to me, seems minimally disagreeable and should therefore warrant a legitimate, positive response.

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Posted on: 08/18/06:

Modeling and Decision-Making

Category: Theology
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Directional Arrows

Unfortunately, often when reading Genesis, we gain wonderful knowledge about the sovereignty of God but may not realize or focus on what the text particularly communicates about our lives in light of God’s lordship. We may even go as far as to communicate the sovereignty of God in a way that is fatalistic, or resembles hyper or neo-Calvinistic leanings. Through Moses’ communication with the Israelites, we must aim at understanding our character and nature as believers and the implications of the text for our lives and come to a fresh realization of why our lives (choices, decisions and the like) really do matter. In order to discern the value of the text, we must couple God’s Lordship with the importance and value of man’s call and responsibilities. This will ensure that those who read Genesis will understand God and their own significant call and purpose in light of His existence. While we understand that worship and the gain of Godly knowledge are important applications for Genesis, the application of Genesis to the Israelites in a sense was more defined and particular (see my previous work); so should the application of Genesis to our lives progress toward distinct application. In keeping with this balance between an understanding of God and man, we are able to fend off unbiblical notions of fatalism and hyper-Calvinistic thinking which still creep into the constructs of our reformed thought and explaination. Modeling enhances the Scriptural clarity of this balance.

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Category: General
Posted by: epeay
Young Man Reading the Bible

It has become very apparent to me that we as humans often confuse our emotions with truth. For many years I have been observing a certain fellow, perfect for studying this dangerous aspect of human nature - that being myself.

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Category: Study Projects
Posted by: RBAFounderX
Black man with policemen

Often it is said that most of our Black men are behind bars. What seems to verify this claim is that I don’t think I know a Black man who has not had some kind of run in with the police at some point in his life, especially if he was “Driving While Black” (See Rod Garvin’s story). If this is the norm, then are all Black people criminals deserving to be profiled? Are we naturally prone towards prisons? If no, then the question of the hour is why are the prisons predominately filled with Blacks? How do we account for this?

Background

What makes matters worse is that some do not know, care or have forgotten about the significance of “the mass incarceration of black people in America [being] a real and present danger. About one in every 265 whites is incarcerated in local, state, or federal prison. By contrast, of the 36 million African Americans in this nation, almost one million of them are in prison; that is about one in every 36 black people who is behind bars somewhere in America. African Americans represent 44 percent of all incarcerated people in state and federal prison cells, yet account for only 13 percent of American population. Something is clearly wrong when the government’s most effective affirmative action program is the preference people of color receive when entering not college, but the criminal justice system.”

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Posted on: 08/09/06:

Powder-Wigged Negroes

Category: Black
Posted by: Merobin
Powered-Wig

Ever see those photos/pictures of 15th, 16th, 17th black people decked in white powdered wigs? They always elicit a laugh as I realize that people, even black people, wore them. In 2006, it is hard to believe there was a day when we were so culturally co-opted (for whatever reasons) that we would wear such a thing.

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Posted on: 08/07/06:

Who Are You Modeling?

Category: Theology
Posted by: RBAFounderMM
Male Model

One of the most amazing qualities of Scripture is the multi-faceted way in which the biblical author communicated to the audience. As one approaches the study of Scripture from various perspectives, my intrigue is particularly focused on the way in which the author communicated the text based on the will of God. The concern of God for His people, as referenced for instance in the lives of the Israelites of the Old Testament, is intertwined with the author’s concern for the audience for whom his work is addressed. A captivating aspect of the depth and uniqueness of the text is seen in the relationship and interaction between the author and God. For example, the book of Lamentations particularly demonstrates an interaction or heightened yet sorrowful exchange between Jeremiah and God.

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Posted on: 08/03/06:

Lebanon

Category: Politics
Posted by: rhkeyman
I am not a scholar or expert in Middle East policy or history, however I often ask myself the following question; “Is unequivocal support for Israel the Christian thing to do?” As I become more aware of the situation “on the ground” in the Middle East I wonder about this more and more. As Christians is our call to support and further the kingdom of God or our own political and financial interests. Consider that of the 20-plus countries that make up the Arab world Lebanon is the ONLY ONE that is open to the Gospel. For example, in Lebanon mass distribution of Christian literature is allowed and conversion to Christianity is permitted without reprisal. Politics aside, let us pray for our brothers and sisters who are currently enduring hardship. To further illustrate the dilemma in question read the following e-mail.

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