"...choose this day whom you will serve . . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."- Joshua 24:15 In 1892, a Baptist preacher named Francis Bellamy penned and published the words of what was to be titled: “The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States” with the intent to commemorate the … Continue reading The Pledge of Allegiance
The 25th of December is past. The year 2018 is present. However, the season of Christmas remains as we move into its final days before the Epiphany when the revelation of God incarnate was first made known in the baby and person of Jesus. The season of Christmas is a wonderful time. A time of … Continue reading The Good Gift and a New Year
"I believe firmly that it is necessary to have moments of dissent in order to challenge something that may be leading the nation down the wrong path"- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., November 1967 For the past month there have been decisive and divisive debates regarding NFL protests. And the nation is polarized, to say … Continue reading When Jesus Starts A Protest
Read my thoughts regarding NFL protests, patriotism, and my Christian witness
"The perfect knowledge of God is to know that we do not know God"- Thomas Aquinas Read my thoughts on the Nashville Statement which was penned by 150 evangelicals denouncing LGBTQ identity.
"The language of left versus right isn’t sufficient to challenge extremism. We need the language of right versus wrong."- Rev. Dr. William Barber, IIFollowing the events in Charlottesville, VA, and a rally for free speech in Boston that was eclipsed by roughly 40,000 counter-protesters, it has become apparent to me that our nation is at a … Continue reading The Irony of our Time
Read my thoughts on how the polarizing Procter and Gamble commercial "The Talk," depicts the incredible true story of #MyGrowingUpBlack
Why do we rely so heavily on male dominate language for God? Are we reaching "way beyond the veil" when we bring forward feminine language about God that has already been brought to earth revealed inside God's Holy Word? It seems like an act of injustice acknowledging God's "motherly" characteristics but to shroud them solely … Continue reading The God that we Have, or the God that we Want?
In the article,"Civilians Shouldn't Have to De-escalate Police," Tonya Jameson details her encounter with an off duty police officer in Knoxville who, after she had purchased an SUV from the officer's mother-in-law and was attempting to switch out the license plate, held her at gun point because he suspected her of attempting to steal the vehicle.As … Continue reading What must we do to live?
Awareness of the steady decline of church membership is not anything new. All one has to do is type in their internet search browser church membership decline, and articles and studies can be found all over the internet documenting the downward trend of church affiliation and attendance. During my time in seminary, we grappled with this … Continue reading From the Church to the Ekklesia