As Clear as Day

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s son, full of grace and truth.” |John 1.14, NRSV “We are called to prove in our own lives that Christ is born, that God is with us. But we are constantly in danger of going […]

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Govern yourselves accordingly

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” | Isaiah 9.6, NIV “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  Let earth receive her king!” Except Herod thinks he […]

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Advent: This is not Jesus’ annual visit

Christmas does not come just once a year.  Jesus is not unpacked with the ornaments, apart of the tangled mass of colored lights.  Christmas does not begin when we put up the Christmas tree.  Neither pine needles nor the smell of cinnamon make it a reality.  Jesus cannot be hung up and taken down like […]

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The Race Trap

What is it that we see in race that we cannot see apart from it?  Why do we prefer to get closer to it than to ourselves?  This literal carnal identity, we are known by our skin.  It is the way of the world.  It is the way things are people remind me. No other […]

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No, thanks

It’s considered rude not to say, “Thank you.”  It is ruled the kind of basic, general, your mama taught you better, mind your manners, at least you can say kind of thing.  If you don’t, you are considered ungrateful and unworthy of the thing, the person, the event and any future gift- giving.  At least, […]

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Racism 099: The Big (White) Man on Campus

“In the decades before the American Revolution, merchants and planters became not just the benefactors of colonial society but its new masters.  Slaveholders became college presidents.  The wealth of the traders determined the locations and decided the fates of colonial schools.  Profits from the sale and purchase of human beings paid for campuses and swelled […]

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Overhearing Evil: Race offers the same old story

“After all these generations and centuries of practice, we still don’t know how to see and talk about ourselves or each other.  We are at the same time obsessed with ‘race’ and wholly confounded by it.” |Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self- Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race Oppressed and oppressor, master and slave, America has […]

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