A Staring Competition

This week, I began a Doctor of Ministry program at a local seminary in Washington, D.C.  The first class was on the politics of the church.  Today, during a lunch break , I decided to leave campus to eat.  I had packed a lunch with a few of my favorites to include a turkey sandwich […]

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Beyond Stereotypes

There is more to be seen of you and me than what has been thought visible and thereby obvious.  There is more to who we are.  In fact, we are quite literally scratching and picking on the surface of our humanity when we only look at the social coloring of skin.  We can’t move past […]

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Tiffany Jana speaks about the power of privilege

Let’s keep the conversation going.  I love resources like these as they offer to those who are journeying with me a look at what often informs my understanding and writings on race and its progeny.   Tiffany Jana talks about social privileges.  She challenges some of the assumptions that come along with these cultural biases […]

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I hugged a police officer yesterday

My family and I were out at a local Chipotle restaurant and I saw a European American police officer standing in line.  I had the unction to hug a police officer last week while standing in line at Panera Bread.  I questioned myself and his potential reaction.  While I was questioning the impulse, he walked […]

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New Revised Version: Profiling guidance is released again

No indictment again and more cases involving European American police officers and African American men and children.  Persons are in city streets protesting again.  Attorney General Eric Holder has revised the 2003 racial profiling guidelines and has expanded them to include gender, gender identity, national origin, religion and sexual orientation.  But, do we need to […]

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A Psalmist’s Testimony of Deliverance

The thirty- fourth psalm is an oldie but goodie.  Its introduction used at the start of countless worship services: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (34.1).  It is truth and aspiration.  We should bless the Lord all the time but we don’t.  It’s easier to […]

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Ann Voskamp’s “When You’re Trying to Live Faith & Grace in a Black & White World

“We like to buy certainty and take home our little boxes — because we like to check out people andcheck off our little boxes.  But the thing is: Truth isn’t found in trite boxes — Truth’s found in the richness of Christ. Truth doesn’t come marked as simplicity — Truth comes marked with the fullness of grace, or it isn’t Truth. Truth is a Person and He […]

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