Bring Us to Light

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” | Isaiah 9.2, NRSV Today, I am groping and groaning under the weight of hate.  I grit my teeth.  My bones ache.  I rock and shake in the valley of […]

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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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What’s in the melting pot?

Recently, journalist Tom Brokaw was called out on comments he made on Meet the Press where he suggested that Hispanics were not doing enough to assimilate.  He has since apologized but the conversations continue online, on buses and in taxis, at barbershops and salons, in breakrooms and over dinner as to what he meant and […]

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Not even close

“The work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was not only to bring us back into fellowship with God, but also into fellowship with one another.  Indeed, it cannot do one without the other.  If we have not been brought into vital fellowship with our brother, it is proof to that extent we […]

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Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,     and those who love it will eat its fruits.” | Proverb 18.21 Calling all cats! Get our tongues! Only you can play with them. Open your mouths and say, “Ahhh.” Because if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Loose lips are […]

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Declining the invitation to hate

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pastor, civil rights leader and martyr, said this in 1958, “A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him.” Jagmeet […]

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After the death of Philando Castile: What will we preach?

More videos have been released after a jury decided that the officer who shot and killed Mr. Philando Castile was not guilty of any charges.  A jury of his peers decided he did nothing wrong.  Mr. Castile is dead and this is just standard police training.  What’s most important is that the officer made it […]

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