In a world of chaos and pain, it is all the more necessary to take stock of the ways that God has proven Himself faithful. Things have been hella crazy over the last few weeks. From the attacks in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria and Mali, to the demonization of Syrian refugees which led to the U.S. … Continue reading God Things
I’ve been thinking... ...about how racism compounds the already complex nature of original sin. Of how, because of sin, humans already have a tendency to exploit and abuse one another. On our worst days, and under the right circumstances, we can all be lured into sin and take that which belongs to another. But racism … Continue reading I’ve Been Thinking: Thoughts on Racism, Oppression, and the Kingdom of God
In this world, or at least in this part of it, we are socially conditioned to walk past each other. Seldom do we stop to engage, to say hi or listen to each others stories. Sometimes we make excuses for not doing so - we are rushing to our next meeting, we are fearful of … Continue reading The Push for Human Solidarity and Connectivity
Growing up as a Christian in the 90s, I learned to be preoccupied with two things: revival, also known as present day manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and the rapture. The desire for revival across many churches, at least Pentecostal ones, rose to prominence due to what many considered to be an outpouring of the … Continue reading Looking at End Times Theology through the Eyes of the Oppressed
I was a junior in college the first time that I read Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. The Young Adult group out of the church that I attended at the time jumped on the 40 days of purpose bandwagon and committed to changing our twentysomething, chaotic lives (and mine at least, was certainly chaotic). As … Continue reading Valuing Diversity is an Act of Worship
Have mercy on those who are suffering, have mercy on the persecuted, oppressed and marginalized. Have mercy on those who are targeted because of the color of their skin; have mercy on those who are profiled because of who they decide to pray to, disregarded because of who they love. Have mercy on those whose hopes … Continue reading Have Mercy: A Prayer for Justice and Reconciliation
The following is the text of the sermon that I preached this morning for Race Relations Sunday. The Bible reading is out of Acts 19.1 - 7, which was one of the lectionary texts last week Sunday. If you would prefer to listen to the audio, click here. I have been walking with Christ for over … Continue reading Race Relations Sunday: Have You Received Since You Believed?