Poetry

Howard Thurman’s When the Song of the Angels is Stilled

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the… Continue reading Howard Thurman’s When the Song of the Angels is Stilled

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Race Training

After Charlottesville: Doing our hate homework

God is love and we, as Christians, are known by it (First John 4.16).  It is God’s character and our expected response for we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4.15).  It is the principle identifier, proof that we are not only in a relationship with but related to God—not abilities, culture, education, gifts, social… Continue reading After Charlottesville: Doing our hate homework

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Race and the American Church, Race and the Attributes of God, Race and the Church, White Supremacy

The Church needs an epistle on race

"Christianity has been almost sentimental in its efforts to deal with hatred in human life.  It has sought to get read of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments.  It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of the people… Continue reading The Church needs an epistle on race

Christmas

The Work of Christmas

Mary has done the hard work of labor.  Don't let the nativity scenes fool you.  There was blood, sweat and tears involved.  Joseph will bear witness.  She wouldn't have wanted to hear our carols then and don't ask, "Mary, did you know?" God is with us but before we pack up our holiday cheer, let me stop… Continue reading The Work of Christmas

Prayer

Praying with Howard Thurman: Lord, open unto me

Open unto me — light for my darkness. Open unto me — courage for my fear. Open unto me — hope for my despair. Open unto me — peace for my turmoil. Open unto me — joy for my sorrow. Open unto me — strength for my weakness. Open unto me — wisdom for my… Continue reading Praying with Howard Thurman: Lord, open unto me

Race

Beyond

While I understand the angst, disgust and frustration of those who hear the word post- racial and point quickly to the latest example of racialized injustice (also known as hubris, selfishness, self and other- hatred and self- deception), I struggle with communicating my need to move past the social construct of race.  I am tired of… Continue reading Beyond

Meditation, The Spiritual Life

Howard Thurman on new years

There is something which seems utterly final about the end of a year. It means that we are one year older; this is a fact definite and inexorable. We are twelve months closer to the end of our physical time span—one year closer to death. It means that in some important ways we are taken… Continue reading Howard Thurman on new years