Fighting for a Place at the Playground: On Safety, Bullying and Everything in Between

On Saturday, I experienced one of the most frightening things as a parent: the threat of my child being hurt by someone else. I took my three year old daughter and ten month old son to the park. Immediately a little boy began terrorizing my daughter. He wouldn’t let her get on the slide when …

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Lessons I Learned about Being Black in 2013

In light of all of things that have been happening to black people in this country of late, I composed the following piece called 'Don't.' These are just a few things that I am learning about what it means to be black, and what happens when you try to do the opposite of what you …

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On the Use of Guns: Who Are We Afraid Of

This week, a 46-year old man was arrested for shooting an eight -year old boy in the face in Dallas, Texas. The boy was playing outside his apartment complex when the older man opened fire on him for what seems like no apparent reason accept maybe bigotry. Thankfully, he is expected to survive his injuries. …

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Victimhood: Are You a Card Carrying Member?

I recently wrote about the relationship between the oppressed and the perpetrators, sharing that those who have been oppressed have to be willing to surrender their notions of being a victim in order for true reconciliation and healing to be achieved. But why in the world would people who have experienced such injustice want to do that? …

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A Good Nose Bleed Could Change Your Life

I still remember the day that changed the rest of my days completely. Curled up on the floor in the bathroom of the church I attended, nose dripping with blood because I had cried so hard, I honestly didn't know how I could go on. Of course, being in my early twenties, I was overly …

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The One Thing You Will Never Lose

After a long but rewarding afternoon, I finally sat this evening to pray. And no sooner than I had, my daughter who should have been sleeping started to cry. And then I started to remember all of the things that I had to do, the lists that I told myself I would accomplish before the …

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What If the Disciples Never Left the Upper Room

What if the disciples never left the upper room? What if they decided to stay there and continue to pray after Jesus returned to heaven and never bothered to take their ministry outside of those doors? What if they sat on their gifts and when visited by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, …

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