We can’t leave the ministry of reconciliation

It is so tempting to close ourselves off after deep wounding, after failed attempts to come together as people of faith.  We might ask ourselves, “Why isn’t this working out?”  Still, we must believe that God is at work, that while we want to throw our hands up in despair, God’s hands are still in.  All […]

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The undivided body of Christ

Our reconciler, Christ is the middle man.   Our sacrifice, his body brings us together.  Jesus shortens the distance between us and God.  He paves the way, makes the way, clearing up any confusion about the way that we should go.  His cross is our signpost.  His hands pinned to a cross say, “This way.  This […]

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What the language of apology can do

While the Washington Post reports that there is a surge in hate graffiti in my area and video of the confession of Dylann Roof, accused murderer of nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in 2015, has been released to the public, I am praying that more stories like the ones emerging from the protest of the North Dakota pipeline […]

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A Vision of Reconciliation

Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, the Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, wrote in his book The Christian Imagination: The Theology and Origins of Race: “In truth, it is not at all clear that most Christians are ready to imagine reconciliation.”  I had to pause there.  Not only was it […]

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Let’s Talk About It Again (and again)

I recently listened to an interview on racial reconciliation.  When the African American man was asked about the way to reconciliation by his European American interviewer and self- described “white ally,” he started the conversation with American slavery.  I was immediately struck by the fact that he felt the need to start there, that reconciliation […]

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Hard Words: Preaching about Racial Violence and Police Brutality

The Christian Century initiates a conversation for pastors of predominately “white” congregations to talk about racial violence in general and Ferguson specifically in an article titled “How pastors talk about Ferguson.”  C. Browning Helsel offers “A Word to the Whites: Preaching about Racism in White Congregations,” challenging those who identify as socially colored white to consider […]

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In Your Name

We are all in Your name.  In fact, it is because of Your name that we are guarded, shielded and never without defense. But, Your name should not put persons on the defensive.  It is not a word to be employed during attack attack but is evidence of spiritual awareness. Your name is our hiding […]

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