Who’s the Good Samaritan now?

Another day, another police officer-involved shooting. These national tragedies are happening with frightening regularity. So much so that we don’t need narration; we know the end from the beginning: “He had a gun.” “I felt that my life was in danger.” “He looks like a bad dude.” Release his mug shot. Talk about his past […]

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When you can’t look away

A recent Washington Post article titled “Why white people need to see the searing new African American Museum” featured the image of Mamie Till leaning over her fourteen year old son, Emmett Till’s casket.  After he was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered during a visit with relatives who lived in the South, Till decided to have an […]

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Interpreting the Bible Multiculturally

“Persons of faith and goodwill can no longer remain silent.  Like never before, we must address the concerns and issues related to the growing diversity in our world.  Given this task, a key question arises: ‘What is the role of the Bible in an age of diversity?’ … For people of faith, this means that […]

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Freddie Gray: One Year Later

Many are asking what has changed one year after the senseless death of Freddie Gray. One year ago, the 21 year old man died after suffering a severed spinal cord after what has been described as “a wild ride” in the back of a police van.  The city of Baltimore burned before our eyes and today, […]

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Hung jury may lead to hanging heads

The first to be tried in the untimely and tragic death of Mr. Freddie Gray, Baltimore police officer William Porter, leaves the courtroom and dumfounds some.  The mistrial is being described as a miscarriage of justice, a missed opportunity and even a misunderstanding.  There are those who believe that while it is unfortunate, no crime […]

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Examining the Depraved Heart

Clearly, I am still thinking about the death of Freddie Gray and Officer Goodson, one of six officers charged with crimes that led to his untimely death.  Officer Goodson has been charged with second degree depraved heart murder.  Thanks to a twenty- four- hour news cycle and countless crime shows, I am too familiar with […]

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The Heart Fixer

“The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse– who can understand it?  I the Lord tests the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.” ~ Jeremiah 17.9-10, NRSV Officer Goodson has been charged with second degree depraved heart murder in […]

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