After Emanuel AME Church Murders: Sanctuaries as safe places

Where can we go and be safe?  Safe from hatred and prejudice, from oppressive ideologies and violence?  Is the cross of Christ not a white flag, a symbol of ultimate sacrifice and a place of surrender?  Does it not remind us that the war for our souls is over and won, that we have the […]

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Charleston: Killing Prayer

Many of us are waking up to the news of a shooting in Charleston at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  The shooter, a 21 year old man now identified as Dylann Roofer, actually attended the prayer service with his would- be victims before taking nine lives.  One woman who survived the shooting spree said that […]

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The Separation of Church and Race

It is my life’s purpose to encourage persons to hang this sign on their soul in response to race, its stereotypes and prejudices: Do not enter.  While I believe that God is without boundary, that God cannot be limited or restricted by the designations of society and culture, that God’s Being cannot be changed, I […]

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Remember Me?

As believers, we are described as the Body of Christ.  Many members and abilities, different cultures and languages, various talents and interests, still we are called the Body.  It does not matter the interpretation, denomination or lack thereof.  It makes no difference how many ministries, members, locations and services we have, we remain one Body. […]

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The Double- Minded Church: Spiritual Formation and the Impractical Theology of Race

The conversation I entered into with the attendees of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s ChurchWorks this week picks back up and concludes here: I suppose that it is a matter of pride and it’s a mind game. James uses the descriptor “double- minded” when speaking of the doubter who prays[i] but this two-ness is found both in […]

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