I thought I’d pause to offer something of a biographical sketch and perspective of myself as a blogger. Perhaps this post will serve to answer a few questions and fill in a few blanks.
On Being Black. To be black is often to fit into a particular socioeconomic construct–it’s something of a handle for a subculture. Black scholars and thinkers continue to write and speak of the “black experience,” especially in American. It’s the experience of the black man that the non-black will never understand. It’s the lingering effects of a people being enslaved and dehumanized because of the color of their skin. I can say more, but I’ll end here.
On Being Baptist. While I’m a Baptist by denominational affiliation, I’m in no way a tribalist, that is, all things Baptists, as the contents of this blog would reveal. However, I’m Baptist in my ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) and those historic distinctives that make one Baptist.
On Being Reformed. Before I say more here, I know, for example, there are those who only reserve the term “Reformed” for a particular understanding of say covenant theology, the sacraments, paedobaptism, and those who hold to the Three Forms and Westminster Standards. In such case, I’m not “Reformed.”
But if by “reformed” we mean adhering to the Five Solas of the Reformation, the doctrines of grace and the biblical truths expressed in the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, and being an offspring of the 16th century Radical Reformers, then I’m reformed (however, this is not a hill I’m prepare to die on).
So I hope the above will serve as a context, a perspective, if you will, of much of what I have to share on this blog.