The Lord’s Prayer as Social Justice Theology: Your Kingdom Come and Will Be Done (Part 4)

Over the next several weeks, I will be exploring the Lord’s Prayer as a model for forming a social justice theology. Throughout this series, I will be proposing that Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 6 show believers how to pray and also how we should reorient our lives and relationships with one another in light of …

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Pass the Mic: Why Its Important to Tell Our Own Stories

My freshman year in high school was a pretty rough time for me. For all intents and purposes, I consider this time in my life my 'rebellious period.' where I rebelled against my mother and turned against God. Briefly. But in that period of brevity, I found myself hanging out with the wrong crowd and …

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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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The Power of Story

Several years ago, I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible. It is a fiction novel that weaves the lives of a dysfunctional missionary family with the people of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the novel tells the tales of this family, it also exposes the dirt in two governments – namely Zaire’s and …

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