How do I tell you that much we’ve thought real is illusion? That much we thought Christian, a counterfeit? Much we thought history, myth? How do I tell you that our white, Christian ancestors Embraced illusion, counterfeit and myth To cover their shame? Will you cover your ears, Will you shout me down, When I say that covered shame Remains,… Read more →
Today, we white Christians whose church culture has sprung from the Bible Belt desperately need to re-examine our roots. We need to recognize the areas where we and our ancestors have agreed with injustice and unrighteousness. We need to expose the ways we continue to let something shallow and misleading rob us. We need to see where we have deadened… Read more →
Twenty-first century evangelicals spend an extraordinary amount of time pointing out the sins evident in the culture. But instead of doing that, couldn’t the church make the confession of its own sins a higher priority? Great insight. Great question, penned by the four authors of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith. In the introduction to this new release, Mae… Read more →
Three months ago, I came across a post by blogger Christena Cleveland that has triggered something stunning deep in my spirit. In a way, Christena said the obvious. At the same time, she exposed what I’d been blinded to, and desperately needed to see. Every time I read the piece, I think, at once, “Of course!” – and “Ah ha!”… Read more →
Since writing, We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church – and now working on a documentary film based on this book – I’ve heard lots of statements similar to the title of the 2010 post in which blogger Abagond offers a response we whites may not want to hear, but desperately need to know. For generations, we’ve… Read more →
In April 2011 and again in April 2014 – on the date when the most state celebrations of the former Confederacy converged – major storms spawned deadly tornadoes and record-breaking floods across the Deep South. Coincidence? April 2011, states across the Deep South launched a four-year celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Every year, eight Southern… Read more →
I would like to share this prayer with you and ask you to pray with me that, as the Bride of Christ, we will continue to learn to “walk in beauty” with our fellow man and God. Mark Charles wrote those words in an email sent to a group I had just joined. I didn’t know Mark, but read the… Read more →
We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church – Q&A 3 Your book title begins, “We Confess!” So who needs to confess? We do. That is, we in the US church, collectively, have some serious confessing to do. Especially we, who call Jesus “Lord” and hold to all the bedrock beliefs of the faith, need to let our… Read more →
We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church – Q&A 1 You’ve written a book with a very provocative title: We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church. How did you come to write We Confess? I’m a white woman from the Deep South. I grew up with a profound awareness of the subjects my culture and… Read more →
To say a thing, to declare from our hearts that it is true, we first have to see it. We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church © 2011 Deborah P. Brunt. All rights reserved.
It’s incredibly hard for good people to admit to grievous sins. It’s rather easier for the ax murderer to confess than for the upstanding citizen to do so. Thankfully, King David shows us: It can be done. We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church © 2011 Deborah P. Brunt. All rights reserved.
In our day in our nation, God is speaking to his church about our deep double-mindedness. He’s shining his light on our divided hearts. If we will not hear him on this matter, we cannot lay claim to the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14. The US elections are fast approaching, and US Christians are fervently praying. We’re holding the banner… Read more →