Church Identity, Native Americans, Politics and Christian Witness, Race

Christian discipleship: Pledging allegiance in America

During my junior year of high school, I couldn't bring myself to say the Pledge of Allegiance.  I had been following the footnotes on African American history for awhile now as the history unit only addressed slavery and a few key leaders from the Civil Rights Movement.  The end read more like "to be continued" because there was no happily… Continue reading Christian discipleship: Pledging allegiance in America

Christian community, Church Identity, Meditation, Politics and Christian Witness

When the world goes dark

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may… Continue reading When the world goes dark

Eastertide, Politics and Christian Witness

“Where ever the facts lead us”

“We are going to follow the facts wherever they lead us.”  Then, why is the investigation taking so long?  It is a short trip from the podium to the White House.  Or is it because as soon as they are off and running in one direction, Mr. Trump’s tweets throw them off the scent? Some… Continue reading “Where ever the facts lead us”

Politics and Christian Witness, Privilege, Privilege Systems

America First and the last time we heard it

America first.  For some, this slogan sounds like we are getting our priorities together.  We need to focus on our economy and give jobs to real Americans-- as if the persons who are employed at these businesses are not real people with real needs.   Still, we need to take from them in order give it to us. … Continue reading America First and the last time we heard it

Hate Crimes, Healing from Race, Politics and Christian Witness, Race, Race and American Church history, Symbols of Race

After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags

Yesterday, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley did not hide behind the Confederate flag but said it has "no place" on statehouse grounds.  Charleston, South Carolina is being connected to Birmingham, Alabama of 1963.  The nine lives lost while gathering for prayer and Bible study are connected to the deaths of four little girls who came… Continue reading After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags

Church Identity, Healing from Race, Ministry of Reconciliation, Politics and Christian Witness, Preaching and Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Civil Rights, Race and Culture, Race and Faith, Race and Politics, Race and the Church, Race and Theology, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“How long? Not Long!”

"How long will we waver between two opinions?" ~ First Kings 18.21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM Delivered on the steps of Montgomery, Alabama's State Capitol, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech after a successful march from Selma to Montgomery on March 25, 1965.  I was reminded of his words after hearing someone say, "We've… Continue reading “How long? Not Long!”

Politics and Christian Witness, Race, Race and Politics

Urban Faith Roundup Provides a Prayer Request List

In an article titled "Riots, Slave States, and Kool-Aid: Race Talk After the Election," the website offers a review of some of the responses to the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.  May the Lord grant us peace and understanding during this time of seeming economic uncertainty and political disappointment, remembering that God's… Continue reading Urban Faith Roundup Provides a Prayer Request List