Why Jah Bread?
Jah Bread was the nickname given to Fr. Jabriel S. Ballentine by a Rastafarian community. A play on the sound of his given name, Jah Bread represented the value of his words, writing and insight. What began as mispronunciation gradually developed spiritual meaning as Fr. Jabriel began sharing his writings and reasonings within the Rasta community. For them, it was as if Jah (God) had sent manna from Heaven, by which those living in the wilderness were to live – “Jah Bread.”
Now a Priest, Christian Theologian and socio-political commentator, Fr. Jah Bread follows the tradition of those Christian Giants who led America in questioning culture through the lens of faith. He offers his life, words, writing and insights in hopes that all of us might realize our God-given potential and be restored to wholeness.
Rather than fostering ego, the moniker Jah Bread serves as a reminder of God’s call and the Charge Fr. Jabriel has to keep. It’s not about him; it is about God’s love for His people and His desire that we all would repent and live. “I am no better than anyone else. Honestly, I’m worse than most. Yet, it is because of God’s amazing grace in spite of myself that I try to live my life as an offering to Him for others.” The name, Jah Bread, and its accompanying sentiment have remained to form a standard to which Jabriel strives to conform.