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Episode 22: #GriefAND Celebration: In this episode, we feature brother and friend, Esau McCaulley, PhD. Esau is an associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and theologian in residence at Progressive Baptist Church, a historically black congregation in Chicago. His first book entitled Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance was published by T & T Clark in 2019. His second book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope was published by IVP academic in 2020. It won numerous awards including Christianity Today’s book of the year. His most recent work was a children’s book entitled Josey Johnson’s Hair and the Holy Spirit for IVP kids. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His writings have also appeared in places such as The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Christianity Today. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.
“People love black culture, but don’t love black people”
In this episode, we examine celebration within Black culture, specifically, what role does music plays in Black celebration? In our conversation, we discuss how each of the different genres of music including blues, gospel, and hip hop help contribute to the identity and culture of the Black community. You will hear us share personal stories about how music impacted our childhoods. and continues to influence us even as adults. We also talk about the origin of the word “Woke,” and how our society has reframed the term to mean something entirely different than it was intended.
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Bless Me by Maverick City and Kirk Franklin