Eyes Set on Eternity

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But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you ~ 1 Peter 3:15

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I work in an organization that helps the under-served. The neighbors in this community are dealing with lack of jobs, reliable transportation, education opportunities, access to healthy food options, and more. There are several things that need development in this community. I have a friend who has been a skeptic for years. Religion and God rub him the wrong way, but we get to have some interesting conversations about life and its meaning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Celebrate Black History?

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. ~Genesis 2:15

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A pastor friend once told me that his church does not celebrate black history month because they do not want to single out any particular culture in their worship service. (He said this while we sat in his church’s sanctuary with an American flag flying high in the corner.) I have had several friends over the years express uneasiness about observing black history month. The most frequent objection I have heard is, “we don’t celebrate white history, so why celebrate other people?” Varying degrees of sensitivity fuel that question. Why single out one culture if we do not do that during the rest of the year? Read the rest of this entry »

Being Black in a Broken World

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Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored! ~Lamentations 5:21

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I am angry and hurting.  I am trying to sympathize, not only with the black community, but also with those who have a hard time relating to the pain. When those who want to talk about ISIS or American troops dying in Iraq point to the statistics of black-on-black crime in order to help “put things into perspective,” I am angry.
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Christmas Is For the Hurting too . . .

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! ~Luke 2:14 (KJV)

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When you think of Christmas, what images come to mind?  Perhaps you imagine the hustle and bustle of shopping and the long lines at the grocery store.  Perhaps you imagine a grand feast at the dining room table with friends and family gathered around.  You could imagine a tree adorned with beautiful decorations and mounds of presents tucked underneath.  I am sure you could imagine many happy images, maybe even the nativity scene with Jesus lying in a manger with animals and wise men gathered around with Mary and Joseph gazing at the bundle of joy from Heaven. Read the rest of this entry »

American Christians Are Spoiled: Thoughts on The Supreme Court Decision

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Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. ~1 Peter 2:13, 14white house

Christians in America are spoiled.  This is one of my biggest takeaways from the Supreme Court decision.  We take for granted how blessed we are that we live in a country where we can read Scripture in public without fear of imprisonment or death.  Folks might blog or tweet about us, but for the most part we can expect to exercise our faith with minimal negative consequences.  Christians in America do not know what it is like to be a Christian like the ones in the first century or the ones in certain parts of Africa, Asia, and so on today.  For some reason, we are surprised that the World is making decisions based on worldly standards.  But, it is moments like these that should remind us that America was never a “Christian nation,” and it was never founded on/for Christian principles. Read the rest of this entry »