Author Archives: jameshhill00

855 April 02

Tupac and the Empty Tomb: What the Resurrection of Jesus Means to the Poor

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. […]

9966 February 12

Do Not Tell Them that I have Sinned: The Conundrum of Confession within Evangelicalism

There are some scriptures that, when read aloud in corporate gatherings, make me chuckle. My chuckle, however, does not emanate from a wellspring of gladness or joy. Instead, these particular chuckles serve to quietly accent the hypocrisy that is defiantly being propagated from the pulpit to the pew, and noxiously proliferating the atmosphere. We are […]

996533 February 06

The Subversive Scholar: The Danger of Being a Theologian in the 21st Century

I remember the first time I was told that I was “dangerous.” It was during my Sophomore year in Bible College and revolved around an unfortunate statement made by the school’s athletic trainer during a Chapel Break-Out session. During his opening remarks, the trainer decided to break the ice by telling a joke….about then Senators […]

775533 January 30

My Cross and My Splinters: How God Uses the Pain of the Believer to Beckon the Broken

Anyone who has ever read anything I have previously written or spent any significant amount of time with me will tell you unflinchingly that my favorite genre of music is soul music. Since I was a child, I was majestically drawn to artists such Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the incomparable Donny Hathaway. It wasn’t […]

1112 January 26

How I Got Over: Ethnic Diversity and the Curse of Christian Monolithism

“How I got over, How I got over, my Lord And my soul looked back and wondered How I got over, my Lord” -How I Got Over, Negro Spiritual “Lift ev’ry voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of Liberty Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies Let […]

4002 January 14

Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, and the Blues that Bellows to the Pews: The Necessity for Jazz Homiletics

“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.” ― Michael Jackson I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later. Miles Davis It’s really no big secret that I’ve […]

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