Precious People Along the Way

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald Miller One of the best things I have discovered as a pastor is that relationships are more important than missions, money, movements or any of that other good stuff.  As a church family, we are multi-faceted not monolithic andContinue reading “Precious People Along the Way”

Women’s Equal Pay Legislation

From where I sit this is much ado about nothing. Capitalism is based on market forces of which salary negotiations are a part. Negotiation of salaries stems from the company’s obligation to its shareholders to make as much profit as possible. So, although a budget has been set which outline salary caps, what shrewd CEOContinue reading “Women’s Equal Pay Legislation”

A Rare Jewel

A jewel in its natural state appears worthless; its value hidden underneath layers of hard, calloused material. It has to be cultivated with care and appreciation for the hidden value within. The person who cultivates the jewel must have a vision and purpose for the finished product. That person must commit to the time, patience,Continue reading “A Rare Jewel”

Injustice for Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis stood his ground;  it cost him his life. His crime – refusing to obey a white man. In March of 1857,   Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the US Supreme Court opined two things: 1) a slave could never become a citizen; and 2) blacks “had no rights which the white man wasContinue reading “Injustice for Jordan Davis”

What do I do when I sense sorcery afoot

Do you sense something supernatural being used against you? Are you experiencing something surreal, something too real to be true? Have you ever sung “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right?”  Anything that pleases you but displeases God is cause for concern. You may be engaged in spiritual warfare of theContinue reading “What do I do when I sense sorcery afoot”

A Family that Stands Together

Duck Dynasty won because Phil Robertson’s family refused to continue without him. A & E said its core company values were “inclusion & mutual respect. ”  What Robertson said didn’t conflict with those values but they offended some people and rightly so.  How can we have a genuine conversation about issues of race and sexualityContinue reading “A Family that Stands Together”

Sagging and Twerking: Cultural Expressions of an Angry Generation

Sagging According to Judge Greg Mathis, Retired African-American Judge of the 36th District Court of the State of Michigan, sagging was adopted from the United States prison system.  Belts were sometimes prohibited to prevent prisoners from using them as weapons or committing suicide by hanging themselves. Due to the rampant incarceration of black men, childrenContinue reading “Sagging and Twerking: Cultural Expressions of an Angry Generation”