Have Mercy: A Prayer for Justice and Reconciliation

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 …

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Hitting the Reset Button on 2014 (Living More Peaceably in the Year to Come)

In a little less than 24 hours, 2014 will be over. 2015 will be here. As I reflect over the last year, however, I honestly don't think that we are ready for it. We are not ready for 2015 because we still have not learned from the mistakes of 2014. We have not made much …

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Ferguson: It Is a Sin Problem

There’s a Facebook post that is currently circulating. You know, the one written by football player Benjamin Watson. In it, Watson wrestles over his emotions regarding what is going on in Ferguson. While I don’t necessarily resonate with many of the points that he raises in the post, I do agree with some of Watson’s …

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I’m Blogging at Missio-Alliance Today: Diversity is Not Enough

Over the past year, I have come across countless resources calling for more churches to be racially and culturally diverse. I have had conversations with pastors and other church leaders wanting to do the diversity ‘thing,’ who are exploring how they might attract congregants of a skin color other than their own. In all honesty, …

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New Book: Embracing a Holistic Faith (Finally)

It has been exactly five years since the release of my first book, Dancing on Hot Coals. And while I have been writing like crazy since then, sometimes it takes a while to put everything together especially when you throw marriage and kids into the mix. But that is perfectly okay with me, my family …

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Returning to the Hood

About 13 years ago, I sat in my 11th grade Spanish class struggling to keep my eyes open. I was tired, having worked late the night before. After coming home from work, I spent an hour or two on homework before I hit the bed, maybe around 12 a.m. Then I was up no later …

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