Think again and again

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again an again.  To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate […]

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Leaving a Controlling Identity

“There’s a certain learned passivity about the spiritual life that is hard to program and hard to make popular. People who give leadership in spiritual direction, the good ones, that’s basically what they’re doing: they’re trying to train us and teach us how not to be in control of our lives; to enter into what […]

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Don’t Let Race Change Your Name

“When they came to Bethlehem, the whole town stirred because of them; and the women said, ‘Is this Naomi?”  She said to them, ‘Call me no longer Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me.  I went away full but the Lord has brought me back empty; why call me Naomi […]

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“Hello. My name is…”

My family and I recently visited a state that shall remain nameless and after being introduced to a European American woman in her early to mid- forties who would be serving us during our weekend stay, she felt compelled to share with me that there was only one “colored person” in her school “all the […]

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What flesh and blood cannot reveal

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’  And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist but others Elijah and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’  He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I […]

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Return to Sender

The words of race, those words don’t belong to me.  They were not picked out specifically for me and I certainly did not ask for them by name.  I did not ask to be called by or addressed as black.  I would never introduce myself as such as this is not how I want to […]

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Responding to Race

I am fully aware of the Church in America’s historical response to race, racism, slavery, segregation and the like: silent acceptance and an unapologetic, unexamined, uncalculated assimilation and application of its social truths into our theology, Christology, pneumatology, eschatology and ecclesiology.  We have allowed race to retell the creation narrative, racism to dismember Christ’s body, cultural […]

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