In 1636, renowned Baptist minister Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His advocacy of religious freedom, separation of church and state, and the humane and just treatment of the indigenous Narragansett people brought him into repeated conflict with the government and religious majority of his day. Williams, founder of the First Baptist Church … Continue reading A Christian Call to Action; A National Call to Repentance
Since 1948, and the signing of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR), generations of world citizens have borne witness to those who have been moved to honor and affirm human dignity toward the creation of more just communities. In the United States, for example, during the 1950's folks were galvanized by the need for … Continue reading Our Obligation to Create Just Communities
What does it mean to observe Sabbath? Is Sabbath just a day marked as holy? Or, is Sabbath something more?
"...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