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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Because She’s African

“The day after returning from anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, Israel’s first Ethiopian-born Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid), had her blood refused in a government donation drive because she is African. Volunteers at a Magen David Adom (Red Star of David—Israel’s Red Cross) booth set up inside of Knesset told Tamano […]

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Our Problems with Diversity

It’s amazing the transformation that the United States of America has undergone in such a short span of time.  Once an outwardly segregationist empire, capitalism has changed the way that we do business.  There are inter-cultural services being offered and businesses owned by persons of various cultural backgrounds share the same block and sometimes building […]

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There’s no such thing

There is no such thing as a good or true stereotype.   A stereotype is “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.”  It is “an image perpetuated without change” that may or may not be based in an actual experience.  It is a “solid […]

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