Tag Archives: social justice

Analysis Paralysis and Burnout: When Loving Our Neighbors is Exhausting

“Are you trying to make us depressed?!” my peer interrogated, with an exasperated tone. My fellow PhD students and I had just been informed that we would be required to complete what is called the Intercultural Development Inventory. The survey, which only takes about 45 minutes to complete, is designed by a company…

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The Samaritan Woman and the Church’s Response to #MeToo

At the site of Jacob’s well, which is still in existence today, Jesus met a Samaritan woman on his way back to Galilee and asked her for a drink of water. We find many discrepancies at play within the breadth of this narrative and its culture: local women did not draw water alone,…

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From Judginess to Fruitfulness: When to Speak Out and When to Remain Silent

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about when, where, and how to speak out about social issues such as immigration, race, and religion in public discourse. Do I say something from the pulpit or does that make it a bully pulpit? Do I post stuff and fight the futile battle for moral high…

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Dick Gregory: A Smile in the Struggle

On August 19, 2017, the world lost a civil rights activist, social critic, and comedian. Dick Gregory was a stand-up comedian who insulted all forms of racism during the 1960s. In the midst of heightened racial tension, protest, and the struggle for civil rights, Gregory provided entertainment, relief, and a smile for African…

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What Does It Mean to Have a King?

Our worship is loaded with royal language. We sing of thrones and majesty. We pray to the Lord. We speak of sovereignty. We bow our heads in reverence. But what does it mean to have a king? For most Americans, having a king means following the Windsor family of the U.K. as if they…

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Facebook Faith

The following is a sermon preached in ACU Graduate Chapel on February 1, 2017. — Sermon Texts: Isaiah 58:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20 Wow—the lectionary isn’t pulling any punches this week, is it? Sometimes I wonder what the leaders who were involved with the Consultation on Common Texts were thinking when they paired certain texts…

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Why White Christians Should Know Black History

The past few months, I have had several conversations with White Christians surrounding Black History. In these conversations, I have shared how Africa is one of the wealthiest continents in the world due to its high volume of minerals, diamonds, gold and other natural resources. I have shared some current studies of how…

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Urban Public Schools and the Kingdom of God (Part 2)

For the past ten years, I have ministered in an urban environment, and a big part of that has been getting to know and ministering to urban public schools. Our church has served our neighborhood schools in various ways: helping with school supplies, feeding teachers, hosting events, mentoring and tutoring students. For the…

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