Dialogues with a Disciple: On the Ocean


  *Christian Parks is accompanying me again this summer. Throughout our time together, we will post brief snippets of our conversations.   C: In a break from visiting with the guys on death row, we had an amazing opportunity to witness the last glimpse of the Strawberry Moon over the ocean in Galveston.¬†What did God […]

The Slap


Sitting on a park bench… I saw a woman slap her child tonight. The offense was hitting another child. I watched the little girl take it. What else was she supposed to do? Before I could react… They were gone. Peace seems impossible. You can’t teach a child not to hit by hitting.

Her name is Amy Francis-Joyner


  I love Prince. We experienced the loss of a true cultural icon this week. We also experienced another great loss.   Earlier this week, Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware was the site of a fight. This was a planned confrontation. Before school began, a couple of girls met in the bathroom. […]

Lenten Remix 37: Jesus the Stranger


  Jesus declared himself to be present in the strangers amongst us. Why do we keep deporting strangers?   Amen.

Beware of the Palm Waivers


  *I posted a version of this on Palm Sunday 2015 +The use of the word “waive” instead of the word “wave” is intentional.   The people of Jerusalem waived their palms madly to celebrate the entry of Jesus into their town. Less than seven days later, Jesus was tortured and executed in the same […]

Lenten Remix 36: The Money Changers


  Jesus was enraged. The money changers were ripping off the poorest in the community. Jesus kicked them out. Why don’t we respond similarly? Is there any difference between the money changers and the payday lenders in our communities? I don’t think so. Where is our rage?   Amen.

Lenten Remix 26: The Flood


  “God didn’t destroy the world in a flood.”   When I was a child, I struggled to believe that God destroyed the world in a flood. I just didn’t find it plausible. The God that I knew and loved would never do such a thing. Now that I have left childish struggles behind and […]

Lenten Remix 25: The Old Testament is Often No Testament


  “The Old Testament is often no testament to the love of God.”   How many times have you read pieces of the Old Testament and thought it’s describing a God you don’t know? I struggled with this for so long. Finally, I made a decision that I believed that God is love. Love doesn’t […]

Lenten Remix 21: The Loving End


  “The End is Love”   God is Love. The Beginning was Love. The End is Love. Bring on the Apocalypse.   Amen.

Lenten Remix 11: End Racism


  “Love must be sincere. End Racism.”   Racism pervades every part of our lives. To deny the systemic nature of racial inequality is to deny love. We must not forget that love must be sincere. In order for love to be sincere we must end racism. In Romans 12:9, Paul tells us to hate […]