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The Competent Soul Understands Racism

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  I don’t trust people or institutions to connect me to God. I believe that the journey to God is ours alone. There is only one force that can manifest generosity, love and justice in our lives…God. The soul alone is competent in matters of God or righteousness. I first learned about the doctrine of […]

A Land of Nightmares

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    Nightmares follow me or maybe I follow them. I was tossing and turning in a foreign bed. The road is often unkind to me. Event after event leaves me weary. I saw Emily torn to shreds by the bullets of the police. I knew the consequences of standing with Jesus. How did this […]

The Church is Dying…Kill It.

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  According to the Pew Research Center, the Christian population in the United States has declined steadily from 78.4% to 70.6% since 2007. Throughout social media, prognosticators and pundits have raced to explain why the church is dying and how it can be saved. The frenzy of it all has been very informative for me. […]

The Wayward Movement of the Movement

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I’m sick. I can feel it deep down in my stomach. The comments are eating at me. For the third time in less than a week, I heard a respected activist make a problematic remark. Now, I’m not talking about anything that was misconstrued. I am talking about blatantly problematic remarks. There was the black […]

Killing Jesus and Saving the Church: A Holy Week Manifesto

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I don’t really like going to church. There are some ministers who love the mystery and majesty of it all no matter what. Not me. I am so tired of the modern presentation of Jesus that I have mentally and spiritually dropped out. Week after week, church leaders use their pulpits to demand more money […]

BEWARE of the PALM WAVERS!

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  The people of Jerusalem waved 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 place. Though Palm Sunday is a time to celebrate, I can never get past the fact that the same palm wavers either participated in […]

The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

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“We don’t want anyone getting arrested or lashing out in anger.  It is your job to keep people calm.”  These are the words that a local clergyperson shared with me before I traveled to West Florissant Ave. to participate in demonstrations in Ferguson.  Throughout the night, clergy consistently congratulated each other that everything seemed to […]

The Danger of the Immigration Debate is Forgetting God’s Love for the World

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  We stood outside the White House chanting slogans about immigration.  Leaders of the protest kept trying to put signs and other things into my hands.  I kept rejecting whatever was handed to me.  The truth is that I was most interested in holding a cross.   The rhetoric surrounding immigration often centers on ideas […]

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

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  A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing “God Bless America.”  The veterans in our midst were honored as we sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” proceeded the pastor’s fiery sermon on the coming […]

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