Part 5: Advocates for the kingdom “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way…Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was that … Continue reading Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 5
To those who have laid claim to the name above every name. We must repent. We must turn away from violence. We must turn away from the hardness of heart that would consume us. We must plead with the Father to replace our heart of stone with one of flesh. We must embrace the prospect that we are like sheep being led to the slaughter. Not as a political cause, but as a righteous act in the name of the one true God. Continue reading A Pastoral Letter to the Church | “Enough is Enough”
Injustice in any form, against any person is an affront to the character of God. It must be confronted and it must be denounced. Continue reading A Reflection on the Death of Ahmaud Arbery
Now that we have some space between us and the events of Charlottesville, I want to share some thoughts about how we, as the Church in America, got here. Where exactly am I talking about? I am talking about our position on the outside of the conversation of Justice looking in. I am talking about how we find ourselves reacting to the events in Charlottesville, and events like Charlottesville after the fact.
Continue reading “3 Failures That Charlottesville Revealed about the Church’s Approach to Justice”
A Reflection on the Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina Last night a terrible act of violence was committed against the pastor and members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There are no words to describe the dastardly nature of this crime. To enter a place of worship and without any apparent provocation proceed to killing defenseless congregants points to an evil that is … Continue reading The Darkness is Deepening… but the Light of the World still Shines
Somebody asked me once if I thought that God was a just God. I said that the question needed to be answered in two ways. First, “If you are wondering whether God will deal with those that have not received Jesus as savior with justice, the answer to that question is YES. The lost will receive the penalty they deserve for their sins. Not one of them will be able to claim that God … Continue reading Word to the Wise | “Jesus is on our Side”