Cultivating Hearts of Worship in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Worship changes things. It forces every spirit, opponent, and plan contrary to that of God’s to bow at His feet. As we exalt God to His rightful place in our hearts and in the world, he takes over and makes things right. This we know, either through experiences of our own, hearing the testimony of …

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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 …

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Valuing Diversity is an Act of Worship

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 …

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Lord’s Prayer as Social Justice Theology: Our Father (Part 2)

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 are not only meant to show believers how to pray but how we should reorient our lives and relationships with one another …

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In the Absence of Worship

I’m not a huge fan of John Piper’s ministry. However, one of the best quotes I’ve heard comes from him: Missions exists because worship doesn’t. This is actually part of a fuller quote where Piper talks about worship being the central purpose of the Church and thereby should be central to the life of every …

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When Life Happens

Life happens, plain and simple. It does not matter how old you are, how young you are, how rich, how poor, where you live, or who you know - life happens! But it’s what you do in response to it that can determine your outcome and your future– either for the good or for the …

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A Living Sacrifice

Lately, I have been studying the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, actually the last book of the Old Testament. In reading chapter 1 of Malachi something stood out to me that had not stood out before. In this chapter, it is evident that the Lord is pretty ticked off about something specific. Specifically, …

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