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 →
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 →
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24). Righteousness and justice are inextricably linked. We cannot simultaneously choose for one and against the other. The Old Testament repeatedly connects the two terms, affirming them as complementary qualities of God’s nature and of people who walk in his ways: “Righteousness and justice are the… Read more →
We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church – Q&A 5 Why now? Why do you think God gave you this message now? We’re in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the four-year Civil War. The year the tide turned in the war was 1863. So this year, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of that turning point. I… Read more →
We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church – Q&A 4 What would you say is the most crucial thing that needs to be seen and dealt with? When people think of the Civil War, the South, and the church, the first issue that comes to mind is racism. Slavery was certainly the key justice issue when… 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 →
We can’t undo the past. But we can repeat the past. Indeed, we do repeat it – until we take the hard look back and make the courageous changes needed to redeem the past. We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church © 2011 Deborah P. Brunt. All rights reserved.
“Through the mechanism of carried shame and carried feelings, the unresolved pain of previous generations operates in families like an emotional debt. We either face it or we leverage our children with it.” – Terrence Real, I Don’t Want to Talk About It Please, let’s face it. We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church.
“Tell about past events so that we can reflect on them and understand their consequences.” We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church sounds a shofar call for God’s people to move together with him and one another into a new place of freedom, a new place of living out the identity he intended for us from before… Read more →