Hip hop artist and author, Sho Bara­ka, joins Nate to talk about refresh­ing our the­ol­o­gy of work, strength­en­ing the rela­tion­ship between cre­atives and the Church, and adding vari­ety to the gen­res and voic­es we turn to for spir­i­tu­al nurture.

Show Notes

[2:08] Could you tell us a lit­tle about your book (its creation)?

[6:47] Could you say a lit­tle about help for cre­atives and what you hope to see?

[8:33] One of the things I noticed through­out your book is a con­cern with the devalu­ing of the oral tra­di­tion and folk sto­ries in Chris­tian­i­ty. Could you say a lit­tle about that?

[11:20] I’m won­der­ing if there’s a con­nec­tion [between devalu­ing oral sto­ries] and los­ing some of the cre­ativ­i­ty in Chris­t­ian life, church life.

[14:55] Your work in hip hop, is that car­ry­ing on the oral tradition?

[21:03] Have you been to the African Amer­i­can Smithsonian?

[21:54] There is such a robust his­to­ry and wis­dom in the his­tor­i­cal Black church that I feel is often lost on White Amer­i­ca. Are there pieces of that tra­di­tion that you wish peo­ple knew or that you think would be helpful?

[25:11] Could you unpack the term evan­gel­i­cal edit?”

[26:25] In your book you talk about a con­ver­sa­tion you had with your daugh­ter when she was sev­en, where she came and talked to you about her skin col­or and hair. Can you tell that story?

[29:51] What do you hope peo­ple will take from your book?


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