The Church needs an epistle on race

“Christianity has been almost sentimental in its efforts to deal with hatred in human life.  It has sought to get read of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments.  It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of the people […]

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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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Charleston Syllabus

It is the title of a new book that offers readings on race, racism and racial violence.  Professors Chad Williams, Kidada Williams, and Keisha N. Blain, its authors, offer this collection of writings in hopes of strengthening our conversations about race after the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015.  On this terrible day, twenty- one […]

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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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“How long? Not Long!”

“How long will we waver between two opinions?” ~ First Kings 18.21 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 come […]

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Why go to church?

For the past few weeks, I have been writing to my children, youth and young adult members, questioning why they come.  We know that most children attend church because their parents bring them.  I mean, they can’t stay at home by themselves.  Teenagers attend because their parents make them.  I’ve heard parents say, “If I’m […]

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