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Race and Power in Coming to God

The story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, is always fascinating to me. For the mother of Solomon’s first-born son to be an African woman is a powerful thing. (Solomon himself was half African, as his mother Bath-sheba was a woman of the same region from whence Makeda came.) Yet, there are many lessons about coming to God that the Queen of the South rises up to teach us. I want to meditate on two […]

Haile Selassie, Ethiopia and a Foundation for the Black Church

I want to start by remembering His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie the First, on this the anniversary of his birth.  And, I want to continue by discussing some things about His Majesty, the mysticism surrounding him and the implications for Rastafarianism and ultimately for the Black Church. Having spent many years as a Rastafarian before returning to a deeper sense of Christian Faith, I did extensive study on Haile Selassie and on Ethiopia.  Returning […]

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