We’re going to need a bigger heart

  Does it feel tight in here or is it just me?  It feels like the walls are closing in, like fences are about to rain down on me, like bridges are being stolen in the middle of the night.  I’ve lost my place again.  Now where were we? The distance between us and them […]

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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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Overruled by Love

Baltimore, Maryland is burning.  Protesters and looters have flooded the streets in response to the questionable death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  Stores have been vandalized, buildings and police cars set on fire.  A state of emergency has been declared and the National Guard have been called in. Tanks, rubber bullets, tear gas, […]

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Gungor’s God is not a man

I am attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s ChurchWorks conference in Decatur, Georgia.  Hosted by the First Baptist Church of Decatur, it is my first time at the event created primarily for ministers of education and spiritual formation.  I expected to learn new things but I was not prepare to hear something new in worship. By […]

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Proving Love

Love is believed to be the most overused word in our vocabulary. We love to say it. We love how it makes us feel. We want to be in the presence of love, to feel loved, to receive love. We want things to love and people to love us. Thinking that this love cannot hurt […]

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Perfect Love

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” ~ First John 4.18, NRSV Let love be perfected in us.  Let Him be made whole, complete, defining all the good that is possible.  We should not […]

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If you hate

Race allows us to categorize people, to lump entire human populations together, to pack them into overcrowded boxes and store them in the socioeconomic basement of our society.  Race helps us to forget our commonality as human beings, “out of sight, out of mind.”  It focuses on and creates more differences than even exist in […]

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