The Black Body: Prophets Against Empire

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth … Continue reading The Black Body: Prophets Against Empire

The Importance of Worship in Times of Despair

This last year has left me weary. The constant news of violence against my people has been both overwhelming and discouraging, the latter because I honestly don’t know when relief will come. Our nation has built it’s wealth and prominence in the world by victimizing black and brown people - something that will not be … Continue reading The Importance of Worship in Times of Despair

Wisdom, Wealth and Eternity: Valuing What Truly Matters

I can probably count on one hand the number of sermons I have heard from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Many preachers, I suspect, do not find the book as relevant or God-inspired as the others because it reflects a time in King Solomon’s life - the accredited author of the book - when … Continue reading Wisdom, Wealth and Eternity: Valuing What Truly Matters

The Ideology of Working Hard Revisited: Saying No

Rest is a radical act. Putting down the plow (or the computer) and refusing to toil any longer is downright revolutionary. Honoring the sabbath, particularly when everyone else around you disregards it, is political and institutional warfare. Placing boundaries around one’s work and time is so jarring to societal norms because we live in a … Continue reading The Ideology of Working Hard Revisited: Saying No

Systemic Oppression: Understanding the Nature of Poverty in the U.S.

I still remember the first time I left the United States for a country other than Canada. The year was 2000 and I had just finished the 11th grade. After getting through the Y2K craze that year and all of the fearmongering that went with it (whatever were we thinking), I decided that I wanted … Continue reading Systemic Oppression: Understanding the Nature of Poverty in the U.S.