The Rodney King Beating- Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago, on May 1st, Rodney Glen King called a press conference and called for calm. On March 3, 1991, he was the victim of police brutality. It had been recorded by a neighbor in a nearby apartment— before the recording of unarmed African American people during traffic stops was a thing. I was […]

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Baptism is the way to the undivided “kin-dom” that is coming

My heart is with my siblings in Ukraine. Russia is attacking their home, starting a war during a global pandemic. I pray for their peace and protection. I mourn for the lives lost to the vanities of war and power’s greed. I pray that we will be able to see ourselves without either. Masks on, […]

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Questions from the backseat: Where is the church going?

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we—” Children ask this question in the backseat of the car at mile 2. We just left the house, the garage and the neighborhood is barely in our rearview. We haven’t gone over a single bridge or overpass, or railroad track and […]

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The Monotony of Hatred: Race has nothing new to say

Deconstructing race, tearing down the linguistic, legal and living structures that support the defacing of the imago Dei in all human beings is hard work. So is keeping a racialized group propped up to look down their noses at others not chosen to be white. It is easier to simply rinse and repeat after race, […]

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The Gospel in Progress

Have you seen Jesus? God in the neighborhood, God on the move, Jesus is never just in our corner of the world. Jesus is God all over the place. Sight unseen by his latest disciples and yet seen in our neighbor and the stranger’s face. Our vision of him is a work in progress. We […]

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