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His Name is Francisco Serna

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On Monday night, a 73-year-old grandfather suffering from dementia named Francisco Serna made a lethal decision…he decided to go for an evening walk. Somewhere near the 7900 block of Silver Birch Avenue, Serna came in contact with a police officer. Thinking he had a gun, the officer shot Serna 9 times. After the incident, no […]

On the One Year Anniversary of the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. 
 Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
middle row: Daniel Simmons,  Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson

  Almost a year ago, I released this statement to numerous outlets after learning of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church:   “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to […]

On the Tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church

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  “Tragedy amplifies our desperate desire to hear a word from God. In the midst of suffocating times, sojourners gathered last night and placed their ears to the sky. As a testament to their love, the group welcomed a stranger. When the shots rang out, the nine souls of Mother Emanuel AME Church heard the […]

God is Our Passive Enemy: Reacting Fairly and Honestly to a Day Like Today

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    Christians have a bad tendency to rush to offer excuses for God in the wake of tragedy.  In the last 24 hours, John Middleton was executed in Missouri with a lingering legitimate claim of innocence, four cousins were killed while playing soccer on a beach outside of Gaza City, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 […]

The Tragedy of Mark Mayfield and The Call of Love

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  For followers of God, politics and religion have always been very closely connected.  We are a people determined to see the hand of God move in the land of the living.  We start to go astray when we remake God into a Republican or Democrat.  We forget that we were made for so much […]

The Pilgrimage: A Short Story of a Long 200 mile Journey // June 16

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  I woke up.  I woke up.  I woke up.  The transition from sleep to engagement with the world was difficult.  I felt terrible.  This was only to be my fourth day on my pilgrimage.  How would I survive?  I prayed and started to force my bones to move.   Still moving slowly, I met […]

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