Out of Egypt

Revisiting the Roots of African American Christianity

As a pastor/professor I have always wondered about Matthew 2:14: “Out of Egypt I have called my son!”  What does this mean for me, for Africans, for African Americans? Does this help us re-member or reclaim the African roots to our faith as Christians? To reflect on these questions I went to Egypt—not once, but over and over again through the years.
These videos chronicle my most recent pilgrimage to Egypt, and they serve as my daily Vlog/journal of my ponderings and wrestling with the significance of Matthew 2:14 for African and African American Christian identity and spirituality. Not only do these videos chronicle my daily journey, they also share my theological reflections.  The videos along with the images show you what I saw and felt on this pilgrimage. I invite you to journey with me.

Note: The link to Vimeo for these videos is not currently working. We’re working to sort this out and apologize for any inconvenience. ~Ed.

Africa, African American Christianity, Egypt, Matthew 2:14, Ralph Basui Watkins

Ralph Basui Watkins

Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins is the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. His research centers around building 21st-century churches. His writing and research is done with congregations as they partner to be faithful to the call of being the Body of Christ. He is presently working on ways the Church can use multi-media approaches and web 2.0 strategies to be effective at evangelism and discipleship. Find him on Twitter @ralphbasui.

Featured image: Riccardo Bresciani, “Brown Egypt Statue” (April 5, 2019). Via Pexels. CC2.0 license.