Martin Luther King on being a transformed nonconformist

“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” | Romans 12.2 “‘Do not conform’ is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo.  Many voices and forces urge us to […]

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Books can take you places

As many of us gear up for summer vacations with flip flops, sunglasses and sunscreen, I want to remind us of the journey offered in books.  Words can take us places.  Within their pages are invitations to journey not just to distant and magical lands but to places closer to home, to undiscovered holy sites […]

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Not Your Average Identity

During this season of Lent, a kind of forty- day challenge for some believers, I have been reflecting on surrender and what we mean when we say, “I give up.”  In the practice of our faith, according to the terms and conditions of our discipleship, giving up is a good thing.  Dare I say, it is […]

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Barna Reports “Racial Divides in Spiritual Practice”

“It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’ clock on Sunday morning.” {Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.} Last month, Barna released a report on the differences in spiritual progress according to the social construct of race.  I had planned to discuss this sooner but was distracted, namely by the protests after our most recent […]

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If we think that God is ‘a white man’

“God is a white man.”  This is not a new declaration but an old reduction made by persons who argue against a belief in the God of Christianity because in the name of this God, persons have stolen, enslaved, sold, raped, murdered, pillaged and annihilated indigenous cultures of the earth.  They surmise, God must be white because they are not […]

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“The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States”

  This is the title of a chapter of Rev. James Ellis III’s newest book Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: Stories about the Challenges of Young Pastors, where he served as the editor.  It is a book that includes a number of true stories from clergy who may differ in denominational affiliation but all […]

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Space for Grace

Space for Grace.  It is a national gathering hosted by the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS).  There has been national attention placed on the shootings in sacred places of worship and the increased tensions between communities after accusations of police misconduct and brutality.  While the focus must remain there, let’s make space for grace, for […]

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