For segregated churches, their lag behind change couldn’t be more evident right now

Well, Church, times have changed before we could call a business meeting or change our bylaws as the protests around the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and countless others draw a dividing line between generations.  Without a committee vote or a conversation with “the powers that be,” confederate moments are […]

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Bring the Church to Justice

I was recently invited to preach at Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. We met via Zoom (of course) to finalize the details and to introduce ourselves to each other.  Each preacher would enter the sanctuary to be filmed individually.  We would preach to empty pews and take our cues from the balcony where […]

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Why we won’t wait: A younger generation takes the lead in protest after George Floyd’s death

Division is not unusual for Americans; we have always been united in name only.  In 1968, this was certainly true. No surprise there. A 2016 Center for Public Opinion Research article looked back at 1968 and specifically the Chicago Democratic convention when Democrats had a three-way split over who would become their nominee.  This convention […]

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The history of our days

On this day in 1955, a fourteen year old African American boy named Emmett Till from Chicago, Illinois was killed in Money, Mississippi.  I know his story by heart; it was the first one I learned on domestic terrorism and mob lynching when I began my personal study of African American history.   He went […]

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