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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 […]

Liberation Will Only Come Through Revolution

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In the wake of the flames of the streets of Baltimore, Christians of all stripes have incessantly talked about the need for liberation. It often goes something like this, “Let’s seek God for liberation in our time….” While these words are wonderful on their face, they don’t speak to the depth of the crisis that […]

A Prayer for Michael Slager: The North Charleston Killer*

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  *”…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” -Matthew 5:44   Oh Lord our God, it is hard to pray for anyone that would shoot a man in the back. Walter Scott didn’t deserve to die. While I wonder why you didn’t step in to stop this atrocity, I will leave that […]

Teaching God to Love Lucifer: A Review of Jim Forest’s “Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment”

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*I originally wrote this piece for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Forest, Jim. Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014.   Lucifer got jealous of the boss. Haven’t we all made this kind of mistake before? God kicked his ass out of heaven and never let him come back. […]

Eric Garner, the Silence of White Churches and Sins of Omission

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The muffled screams of a dying 43-year-old husband, father and grandfather named Eric Garner…”I can’t breathe!  I can’t breathe!”…are absolutely haunting.  The coming silence from most white congregations in their worship services will be even more haunting.  In the silence, we will discover one of the worst kept secrets in religious life…white churches do not […]

The Danger of Dr. Maya Angelou

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I turned the corner after hearing her speak and there she was.  I shouted out, “Dr. Angelou…It’s me…Jeff.”  Dr. Maya Angelou didn’t know who I was and I have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea to call out to her like we were old friends.  Regardless of my buffoonery, Dr. […]

Jesus Didn’t Die for Your Sins. Jesus Died to Show You the Way…the Way to the Cross. // Some Words from A Good Friday Walk

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  Lately, I have had a lot of time to think about borders and boundaries.  I am a doctoral student at Brite Divinity School and I was sitting in class last spring…and in this class on immigration we began to talk about the end game.  What is the end goal?  I raised my hand and […]

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