My dad has a collection of Southernisms that he uses from time to time, idioms handed down from his deep-South sharecropper grandfather (or maybe that my dad just made up and we all just assume they’re from his Southern roots) — like saying someone is “On it like a duck on a june bug,” or… Read More For when we don’t have a dog in that fight
George Zimmerman was just declared not guilty of the manslaughter of Trayvon Martin by a jury of white women. I am devastated and angry, but there are people of color on Twitter right now who are expressing emotions that I cannot access: Fear. Hurt. Betrayal. Worrying about riots for only tonight is a luxury compared… Read More After the verdict.
At the beginning of Christmas break, looking ahead to a whole glorious month of no classes, I checked out a whole armload of books from the library. Theology books, mostly – I am drinking theology these days, marinating in it. Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible, for one: his brilliant pulling-apart of the biblicism that… Read More How do you be an ally when your church isn’t?