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Welcome to one of our favorite annual traditions: counting down our most popular posts from the past year!

30. Our 2021 list begins with Daniel Williams, who placed four posts on this list in his first full year of blogging.… #YearInReview
29. In another post about the mainline, Dan Williams suggested that many white liberal Protestants underwent a kind of secularizing “conversion experience” during the civil rights movement.… #YearInReview
28. In the first of his two posts on our 2021 list, Philip Jenkins urged us to take seriously the possibility that “we really are seeing a precipitous decline in religion as such… however broadly we define it.”… @BaylorISR #YearInReview
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🧵 Given the multitude of corroborating testimonies and widespread consensus of what is condemnable in BBC’s patterned dismissal of abuse, the repeatability and reproducibility of our findings are beyond dispute.

More and more are catching wind of this orchard’s rotting fruit.
As this relates to my last thread, I was emboldened by the many similarities between what you identified as manipulative and what I had already pointed out in my response (sent days before).

So, thank you to all who weighed in with encouragements and analyses of what was wrong.
That said, I would like to share the email I sent back, detailing my objections to his misguided advance.

I recognize that it may not be of interest to many, but if it can encourage just one more person like myself to express their righteous anger, I will consider it worthwhile.
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Looks like the Christian Post is at it again, Starting with this headline that sounds like a joke, “Heckle Christ’s bride at your eternal peril”
This is a republish of an article that originally had a less attention-grabby but equally evangelical-centric headline: “How to Stay When the World Says Leave”
This is a very common framing for evangelicals, that “the world” somehow exists over THERE, while evangelicals are over HERE being “in the world but not of it”

I don’t buy it.
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Alright alright alright. I have tried to limit how and when I speak in any kind of capacity regarding @TheWitnessBCC, a Black Christian non-profit of which I am the Vice President. My platform and opinions are my own and I try to compartmentalize...until I can’t. So here goes...
In March, @TheWitnessBCC launched our #LeaveLOUD content focus. Our founder, our President, and I shared our stories of leaving white Christian organizations and churches. We have published articles on our website and distributed other media as part of this content focus.
#LeaveLOUD is BY Black Christians, is FOR Black Christians, and is ABOUT who? BLACK CHRISTIANS.

We understand that a lot of our white siblings, particularly #exvangelicals, have resonated with this movement on some level. Not mad at it.

Lemme tell you what IS bothering me...
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Yes, after 20 years of serving with Cru, it’s been a bittersweet transition to position myself so I can lean into the prophetic vision that is needed to articulate how the gospel is needed to address our society’s social & individual sins: injustice & unrighteousness. 1/
It’s also critical to be in organizational spaces that affirm & empower you institutionally. That’s why I appreciate the #LeaveLoud @_PassTheMic message. Many are suffering needlessly in spaces that don’t value their ethnic identity & story. But it’s also tough to leave ... 2/
The bonds w/ those who have been so significant to your own life - even the org’s impact in your life- in spite of its shortcomings is real which is why I champion those who will #StayLoud too. We must choose one, we can’t afford for any to do neither. 3/3
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**Important Announcement**
Years ago, I wrote an article for @speak4theunborn. I’ll be asking them to remove my article from site, as one of their advisors (Ryan Fullerton) is the lead pastor of past church who spiritually abused my wife & I. #LeaveLoud…
2. Other advisors for the organization have presented a public posture of being against social & racial justice & in good conscience, I can’t be affiliated, in any way, w/ an org that supports the unborn but has advisors who are abusers and/or antagonistic towards racial justice.
3. I hope other advisors (some are people who know my family’s story) would consider their own affiliations as well as consider whether or not they should be partnered w/ such people. I’d hope they’d also consider how they have been able to be while knowing our story. #leaveloud
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#LeaveLoud Story time.

1. I was in my first preaching class At SBTS. I really enjoyed the prof, & I signed up to be one of the first to preach. I chose Isaiah 6 as my text. I was the only minority in a class room made up of Pastor kids & others who grew up in SBC culture.
2. .@vythoward came to class to hear me along with our sister/best friend who was also student from South Korea. Met her at orientation, souls knitted instantly. Anyways, I preached my sermon and got an A+. Everyone there affirmed my sermon as being excellent.

Wait for it..
3. Vy & our friend left early & when class was over I casually walked out. The other students didn’t see me walking behind them as they collectively spoke about how frustrating it was to have a black guy come in and preach such a powerful sermon. About having to compete w/ me.
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Storytime. Pull up a🪑.

In 2017, I was working for @WhiteHorseInn as one of the leaders of the organization. At the time, I was optimistic that the organization was making strides toward racial justice.

After the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, I waited
to see what our editorial team at @Core_Christ and @WhiteHorseInn would do to respond. The organization had written on topics related to racism and social justice before, so it was well within the orbit of the organization to respond to this event.
After days of silence, I realized that no one else on the leadership was going to initiate a response. So, I decided to write a piece titled "Is Racism a Gospel Issue or a Social Issue?" The article was very barebones. It was simply looking at passages in the Bible that show
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1. I recognize & am sympathetic to those who had to deconstruct their faith & rebuild due to experiences in white evangelicalism; I care for such people daily, I understand. However that wasn’t my story. My theology never changed, I just realized I was only one who believed it.
2. When I was first converted, as an adult in college, my world exploded. Desperate to understand what had happened to me, I dropped out of school, got a part time job to pay rent & food, & spent first year as a new believer reading thru the entire Bible 6-7 times.
3. I was converted by a black campus ministry & was part of a black church. I served in that church as someone affirmed to have the gift of prophecy & when I stood against the direction of leadership & other “prophets” wanting to go towards prosperity theology; I was pushed out.
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1. The thing is, when my wife & I were enduring racial trauma & spiritual abuse within white evangelical spaces (church & seminary) we believed we were utterly alone. That no one else could ever understand. Our abusers did everything they could to have us believe this. #leaveloud
2. The manipulation & gaslighting had us believe, that all the other minorities in our lives despised us and if we ever shred with them what we were experiencing, they would side against us. As I reflect, I have no doubt in my mind, our pastors wanted us to die by suicide.
3. I hope some of y'all sit with that statement, I know it's bold, but I have every confidence that it is true. The goal of our leaders of the time, was to so isolate us & to leave us in such despair, that they wouldn't have to "cover-up" our abuse; we'd cover it up for them.
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1. When my wife & I moved to Louisville so I could attend seminary, we joined a white led church there whose mission statement was “to build a a church of all cultures where Christ is King”. We thought, “Finally we have found a church for our transcultural family” @TheWitnessBCC
2. Within about a year, I became a community group leader. It usually took men several years obtain that position. Our care group was like a mini-church where My wife & I discipled on average around 20 people including crisis counseling for serious issues like adultery.
3. At our busiest, we had about 3 families going thru crisis counseling & 3 singles going thru crisis counseling including sexual abuse/trauma & alcoholism which meant I was pulling a young white man out of bar at 3am some nights. One night, he threatened to harm me & my family.
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