Reed Dunn, pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Joplin, MO, sent me a link to a blog post about a rap song titled “Precious Puritans” by Propaganda. I had never heard of this artist or song, but the song was a definite gut check. After listening to the song and reading a few blogs from both sides of the issues that the song raises, I decided that the challenge to my thinking was necessary. Now, I am sharing a few of the posts I read with you.
Precious Puritans (Pt 1) is a post by Joe Thorn, formerly of Bearded Gospel Men (which is perhaps worthy of its own post), wrote a post in which he interviewed Dr. Richard Bailey, a history professor from Canisius College and author of Race and Redemption in Puritan New England, regarding the Puritans and their views on race-based slavery. This post was written to introduce a second article by Thorn.
Precious Puritans (pt 2) is a post in which Thorn interacts with Propaganda, the song “Precious Puritans”, and his own experience reading and benefitting from the Puritans.
The Puritans Are Not That Precious is a post by Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman (btw if there is a First Pres Grand Cayman in need of a pastor or a potential PCA plant in this general area, put my name in the hat), in which he repsonds to Propaganda’s song and the whole debate that has ensued.
Sometimes we get challenged in uncomfortably wonderful ways. For me, this was one of those times. Thanks Reed, Joe, Propaganda, and Thabiti for encouraging me to think and helping me begin to think in light of the gospel about issues I often ignore.