Historical theologian, preacher, & trauma informed soul care provider. Current work emphasizes racial & spiritual trauma. 4 kids & married to @vythoward. ✌🏽❤️
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Oct 5, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
My position isn’t that Kavanaugh absolutely did it. My position is that some of you talk like there is no possibility he could have. I’ve not said there is no way Dr. Ford could be mistaken, I’ve said many folks defend Kavanaugh in a way that SHOWS they’ll ALWAYS side w/ the man.
My primary issue (among many) is that the GOP has made it clear they do not care at all about sexual assualt allegations. Their leader, Trump, mocks it & is guilty himself. My primary issue is those who profess Christ who also abound in Apathy towards victims of sexual violence.
Sep 28, 2018 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
Final Thoughts on Confirmation Hearing.
1. The moment Kavanaugh chose to publicly call out Democrat’s for a conspiracy, he disqualified himself from SCOTUS. Even if true, the partiality he spoke with disqualifies him from the court. I’m sure other Justices face palmed at that.
2. There is no way he can be voted in without a further investigation. I do believe the democrats intentionally withheld info for their own purposes, and it worked. Regardless of motive we are where we are. The credibility of the court & Senate require further investigation.
Sep 19, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Adultery is the bitter fruit of pride. It happens when a demonic lie is believed. A lie that tells you, “you deserve better [than her/him]”. If lie is believed when one doesn’t adhere to scripture’s admonishments to remember God’s Grace & instead they forget the very gospel.
The gospel tells us a few things.
1. We are human, and with that comes inherent dignity. We deserve much better than abuse as image bearers.
2. In our sin, we deserve hell and eternal separation from the source of all truth, beauty, & goodness. We don’t deserve romantic love.
Sep 17, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Obscure Local Church ministry > Any public Christian platform
The church will have bought into a worldly conception of power & influence when it begins weighing a leader’s credibility according to public persona & connections rather than local service & hospitality.
The couple who invites a struggling saint over for dinner out of the abundance of love despite their struggle to manage 4 children and overdue bills has done something no less glorious than the man who preaches before a crowd of thousands.
Sep 15, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
As we hear prominent evangelical figures dismissing biblically informed social justice as being “not the mission of the church”, remember that’s what slave holders said to abolitionists & segregationists to advocates for racial equality. King died most hated man in America.
Despite the white-washing of history that has sought to both sanitize Dr. King and elevate his support among white Americans; King was despised. He was despised by southern Christians, and hated by many Christian pastors. They considered him divisive to the body of Christ.
Sep 15, 2018 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
Can we admit that when we use “bibilical” as an adjective it is usually about control?
It’s often abt trying to make our own interpretive perspectives into absolutes, & they’re often guided by culture.
I believe in absolute truth. I believe Christians must submit to the word of God & the truths found in Bible are not relative, but absolute. I also think some faith traditions go beyond what is written & still classify their way as what is the only “biblically” faithful option.
Aug 30, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
You know, as I've reflected on the state of evangelicalism, especially in the reformed world, I have come to two conclusions. One I've talked a lot about and the other I haven't mentioned much.
1. Evangelicalism has a truncated gospel. 2. Evangelicalism has weak Eschatology.
1. Evangelicalism has a truncated gospel b/c it only sees the "good news" through an individualistic. Instead of understanding the gospel to be the good news of reconciliation & unification of all things, its just abt individual salvation. This is the fruit of a truncated gospel.
Aug 24, 2018 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
The most fundamental diff b/t critical race theory & Christianity is the motivation & goal of reconciliation. CRT is motivated by intellectual awareness & it’s goal is to topple corrupt power dynamics. Christian activism is motivated by love & it’s goal is Kingdom advancement.
There is no hope in CRT without “wokeness”. In Christianity, hope doesn’t come thru how much someone knows about systemic racism, it comes thru the reality that Christians have the Hooy Spirit & are being empowered by God to love. kylejhoward.com/blog/wokeness-…
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
It is profoundly hypocritical to claim that faithful Christians reject social pressures and ONLY preach the gospel, while at the same time defending your theological heroes who were “gospel preaching” racist white supremacists by saying, “they were just products of their time.”
If this was really abt gospel over societal influence, than why celebrate white supremacist Christians who folded to social pressure? If Christian faithfulness was marked by social resistance, Christian Abolitionists would be celebrated over racist preacher theologians.#Hypocrisy
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Not sure who he is talking about 🤷🏽♂️. Sounds like he is missing what many are saying & is arguing against a ghost. Kinda like most of the arguments I hear coming from “his side”. Interesting to read more & see what he actually thinks debate abt. gty.org/library/blog/B…
I wish I could hear MacArthur discuss issue w/o bringing up his “black friends” from the Civil Rights era. Seems every time he desires to dismiss current voices of color, he feels need to vindicate doing so by appealing to black ghosts of the past & claim their support. 🤷🏽♂️
Aug 11, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Came up to VA/DC to surprise my grandmother for her 89th Birthday. She is enjoying time with her great grandkids.
We spent the morning talking about my work in racial trauma care and the church. Her husband (my grandfather) was a white Methodist inner city pastor For years...
I am so deeply encouraged. With tears she told me how crucial my work is and how deeply she wished it existed & was prevalent during Jim Crow. She shared abt her own race based trauma & how her whole generation grew up with profound trauma due to racism but had no means of care.
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
@tweetraychang Thanks for elaborating. I agree with you mostly. I do believe there is a dynamic of urgency regarding the black Americans experience. Other minority groups have usually not helped but hurt us, and we are the most impacted by white supremacy. There is a dynamic where....
@tweetraychang There should be a prioritizing of injustices plaguing black people cuz the injustices we face are literally killing us. We are shot in the streets by police & our families are being broken up thru mass incarceration. These realities are severe...
Jul 20, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
“The greatest battle taking place right now in racial reconciliation is not between those who care and the hard hearted. God’s church WILL be unified. The greatest battle in all of your hearts. The battle within with bitterness, faith, hatred, and love.”
“There are 3 groups vying for dominance in your heart & soul. Especially if you’re a minority traumatized by church. There are critical race theorists that are helpful but who will lead you into bitterness. They will lure you with knowledge kept from you...” -Me @LegacyDisciple
Jul 10, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Evangelicals: GREAT SCOTUS PICK! Religious liberty is secure!
Black Christians: We better start looking into his record regarding marginalized communities and justice. I wonder where he stands regarding legally dismantling systemic racism/injustice?
I’m not tryna troll evangelicals, but the last 24 hours has been disheartening.
Beloved, instead of JUST talking about what this judge might do for Religious liberty, consider talking abt what he may be able to do for marginalized groups who Trump’s policies has devastated.
Jul 6, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
The Loss of Charity
I think it’s a tragedy that the American church has lost its understanding/grasp of the culture McElroy of Christian charity. To many, it is just a word that means giving to the poor. Historically, it has always been a word synonymous with love... 1/?
Most of us are used to quoting I Corinthians 13, but what many of us fail to realize is that the church has historically used the word “charity” in that passage instead of the English word “love”. The King James Version is an example of this. 2/?
Jul 2, 2018 • 16 tweets • 3 min read
Is teaching ethnic reconciliation and speaking or against racism and white supremacy giving into the social Gospel?
The only way one could believe that is if they have both a truncated understanding of the true gospel and a poor grasp of the “social gospel” & it’s false ideas.
Social Gospel - Holds to modified versions of the following atonement theories:
1. Christus Exemplar
Jesus’ work was to be an example to the nations.
2. Christus Victus
Jesus’ work died obtained victory over the demonic powers
3. Ransom Theory
Jesus’ work buys back humanity
Jun 29, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
I guess since I’ve already poked the bear, I’ll dig deeper.
There is no greater institution of white supremacy than Planned Parenthood. From it’s founder to practice. Planned Parenthood has devastated the next gen of the black community far greater than even mass incarceration.
Dear white person, it is impossible for you to be an ally of reconciliation and the well being of the black community and at the same time support Planned Parenthood. Abortion is the greatest modern threat to the future of the black community & its more than moral- it’s economic.
Jun 25, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Abusive speech patterns:
1. Talk down to or insult someone. 2. When called out on it, they will act surprised & shocked that person received their words as offensive (gaslighting) 3. They’ll act offended & say what they said to you was in love. 4. When forgiven, pattern repeats.
5. If you tell individual you will not tolerate their abusive speech, they will accuse you of being unloving, unfaithful, or unkind. (Baiting)
6. If “baiting” is successful and person engages again, the pattern will repeat. If baiting is unsuccessful, they will seek to shame.
Jun 22, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
We are well over a decade into “The Calvinist resurgence” where reformed leaders have built up the minds & doctrine of a “YRR” generation. No one stopped to ask whether or not the books, conferences, & overall culture was building up/nurturing hearts too. We’re now seeing answer.
I think it’s safe to say at this point that the momentum has been lost & as the dust has settled many of the younger people who were in movement are now much older...and many much more callous. We sought to raise up “warriors for truth”, but forgot to raise up “lovers of people”.
May 23, 2018 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
I don't see repentance, & I don't see progress. I see politics, & the world will too. Praying for #SBC18. If its leaders keep playing politics and assuming the world can't see through the fog; the convention WILL crumble. The cooperative program is invaluable, this will be sad.
I’m not just talking abt Patterson. I’m talking abt the entire structure. Those in the “know” will know what I’m talking about. From the current president election process to the way wealthy churches leverage their money for power. God is not pleased & won’t be mocked. #sbc18
May 21, 2018 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
An apology to Egalitarians
Recently, my twitter friend @XianJaneway showed me some tweets I made about egalitarians from a few years ago. I was deeply grieved by how dismissive I was to her in my tweets, & how uncharitable I was in the way I generalized egalitarians as a whole.
When @XianJaneway initially called me to repentance, I expressed a degree of denial. I didn’t recall such statements. She showed me them and it was abundantly clear that I was not loving or understanding of her personally, and was very dismissive. @XianJaneway I am deeply sorry.