Sacred Duplicity

I offered this poem I wrote to our church as a lament during our Race Relations Sunday service. And here I offer it again, understanding the role of lament and an honest examination of our current reality - and our history - to move us forward.  Sacred Duplicity America! The proverbial land flowing with milk …

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Opportunity Gap? The Biggest Opportunity We Lack is The Opportunity to Live

We are all familiar with the gaps in access to opportunity that black Americans experience in education, housing, and employment. While these are important issues that need to be addressed, we also need to identify and name the biggest opportunity gap that black Americans face - that is, the opportunity to live and be fully …

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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 …

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And If My People

"Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, …

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Blessing in the Midst of Suffering

Most people I know want to live a life full of blessings. They want to be on the receiving end of God’s abundance, and want to avoid the things that cause them discomfort. Yet, the reality is that life is a mixed bag of blessing and suffering, life and death, abundance and lack, victory and …

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Rights and Responsibilities

The West has finally achieved the rights of man...but man's responsibility to God and to society has grown dimmer and dimmer - Aleksander Solzhenitysn In a country where the law of the land, and all of the rights that come with it, is of more value than the Word of God (even for believers), it is …

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Redefining Freedom in 21st Century America

We often count ourselves privileged, even blessed, to live in a nation where we have access to so many freedoms and rights. In comparison to other nations around the globe, we have the ability to pursue life, love, happiness and a host of other things that people in other countries wish they could enjoy. But …

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