Articles by: Joshua Canada
Canada graduated with a B.A. in Sociology & M.A. in Higher Education from Taylor University and has worked in student development at Taylor University Fort Wayne and Huntington University. Prior to graduate school he worked in the non-profit sector with urban youth and children in the foster care system. Growing-up in the remnants of the Jim/Jane Crow south and in the heart of the bible-belt - Lynchburg Va - has lead him to embrace the complexities of reconciliation and tensions of the Christian life. Joshua currently serves as a Resident Director at Westmont College helping students ask the "big questions" of life and walking with them as they grow as whole-persons.

The Epistemology of Hip-Hop 2
by / on December 8, 2011 at 6:30 am / in Broken World, Pop Culture

The Epistemology of Hip-Hop

In the early 70’s the South Bronx was a dilapidated landscape suffering from the crippling economic effects of White flight, governmental policies of abandonment and a ubiquitous and lethal gang culture. It was in the womb of this social suffering that hip-hop was birthed. Communities began to gather in the name of respect and inclusion to counter the hostile environment [...]

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“Racist!” 1
by / on July 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

“Racist!”

Racial slurs and racist actions are never appropriate, but if we demonize those who are coming into an understanding of race and racial etiquette, rather than cultivate growth, we are going to harvest citizens (including Christians) who are confused, frustrated, and downright indifferent toward the true, difficult, and hospitable work of racial reconciliation.

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(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity 7
by / on June 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture

(Blue Like) Jazz & Christianity

If we focus too much on the emotion of Jazz (or Christianity), then it becomes something we do for our own consumption rather than because of its beauty. And if Jazz veered away from its roots and began to sound exactly like classical music or sounded too much like grunge rock it would no longer be Jazz.  Likewise, Christianity that looks like generic spirituality is no longer Christianity

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March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom 2
by / on March 25, 2011 at 12:19 am / in Pop Culture, Shattered Faith

March Madness, Discipleship & The Kingdom

March Madness leads me to think about the complexities and role of encouragement within community. There is the fist bump after a great play, the corporate celebration when you have just gone on a big scoring run and forced the other team to call a timeout. But there is also the “come on!”, “you gotta stay with them!”

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America, Blondes and Asian Stereotypes 0
by / on March 16, 2011 at 9:28 am / in Broken World, Current Events

America, Blondes and Asian Stereotypes

America, much like Alexandra Wallace — the UCLA student whose video blog racially stereotyping her fellow students has sparked an internet controversy (and even death threats) — is an adolescent. Like any young adult we need to examine ourselves, who we are, and the image we project and we need to reject contradiction and seek congruence

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Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate? 6
by / on March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm / in Personal Stories, Shattered Faith, Theology

Amazing Grace: Personal or Corporate?

Attending a mostly white evangelical College as an African American male with roots in the historic Black church resulted in a paradoxical shift in my Christian faith. It was a time that I matured spiritually while simultaneously growing increasingly disillusioned with evangelicalism.

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Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative 3
by / on February 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture, Theology

Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative

The division between rap and Hip-Hop is difficult to grasp. Most people use the words interchangeably, but they are quite distinct, both in meaning and the values they express. Hip-Hop is a culture while rap is an art. And though the art of rap was conceived within Hip-Hop culture’s womb, rap does not always express Hip-Hop’s values.

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