Walking and Driving while Black—Differences within America and between America and Jamaica

Here are two tales of police encounters, both by black men in America. One is by Esau McCaulley, my former colleague who taught New Testament at Northeastern Seminary (now at Wheaton College). The other is by Garnette Cadogan, a writer friend who moved from Jamaica to the USA some years ago. Driving while Black In […]

A Rastafarian Cultural Journey (What I Did after the Theology Conference in Jamaica)

In my last blog post I reported on the theology conference on the theme of “Biblical Interpretation for Caribbean Renewal” that I helped organize at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) in Kingston (September 8-9, 2017). A Visit to Culture Yard in Trench Town The conference began Friday night and ended late Saturday afternoon. Then on […]

Serious Contextual Theology in Jamaica

Last September I traveled to Jamaica, where I attended what may well be the first in a series of theology conferences held at Jamaica Theological Seminary (my alma mater). The conference topic was “Biblical Interpretation for Caribbean Renewal” and I was one of the organizers. The event began with the Zenas Gerig Memorial Lecture on […]