Where’s the Fight?

This bears repeating:  Our enemy is not the Democrats nor is it the Republicans. Our enemy is not the liberal media nor the conservative media. Our enemy is not the police nor is it BLM. Our is enemy is not those who ascribe to socialism, Marxism, Communism, or any other ism. Our enemy is not Caucasian, Negro, Asian, or Middle Eastern. Our enemy is not Boomers, Millennials, or Gen X....

God is Tryin’ to Tell You Somethin’

In the movie, The Color Purple, there is a song, “God is Tryin’ to tell You Somethin’”. I believe God speaks in a variety of ways. He has spoken to me through bumper stickers, secular songs, Disney Movies, my young children, and of course through traditional means. Yesterday, God was tryin’ to tell me somethin’ and He used Facebook and old TV shows to do it. As I mindlessly scrolled...

We Are a Neon Sign

We are sons and daughters of the Most High. God has called us to be a peculiar people. We have a hope when all seems lost. We have something to give when lack is prevalent. We have a song when tears fill our eyes. We have wisdom in times of uncertainty. We have joy in times of mourning. We have confidence when the world is scary. We have love in...

Therefore…

Yesterday my Facebook feed was filled with “He is Risen.” We celebrated with church family, food, and Easter Egg hunts. It was beautiful! But if today, I return to normal without a sense of awe of the implications that He has risen, yesterday becomes simply a religious ritual. If you have a saving knowledge of Christ, let’s continue the celebration of Easter every day because of the following truths: He...

Hope?

Can I tell you a secret? Sinners sin. This apparently is a secret because I am amazed how Christians react when sinners do outrageous acts. Our current indignation is about a pair of shoes. (I will not name the shoes or the artist because I believe there is no such thing as bad publicity.) I have seen outrage from Christians, fear this will corrupt our children, and dismay that this...

The Ultimate Demonstration of Love

When I was growing up in the Black Baptist Church, Thursday and Friday before Easter, we would have a church service called “The Last Seven Words.” Seven prominent Black Pastors would gather and each would preach on one of the last seven sayings of Christ. That is a fond childhood memory. As I read those last seven sayings today, I see the perfect love of God demonstrated. “Forgive them.” Love...

Mercy

My students have been “over cookin’ my grits” this week and my mercy meter is running dangerously low. I have literally begged kids to turn in work. I have made remediation assignment to help improve their grade. I have sent text messages and emails to parents and still nothing. Along with the technology issues I’ve had this week, yesterday, I was done. Or so I thought. After entering make up...

Be the Change

This week my eyes were opened. I was unaware Asian Hate was a thing. But as I have read people of Asian descent’s stories, my heart has ached and my eyes were opened to the ugliness in people’s heart. As a teacher, I always come back to this question: “How can we do better?” My Christian friends would say, “Jesus is the answer. We will just pray and it will...

The Mind of Christ

I have the mind of Christ! That may seem an arrogant thought to some. Self-debasing to others. But for those of us who have surrendered to Christ, it is a truth. A truth with power. This morning I am meditating on the implications of this truth. How does this affect my day to day life. Why is this important as I minister to others. Why did Paul say, “We have...

The Goal

The goal is not more of Jesus. The goal is not that He would draw near. The goal is not that His Presence would fall. Jesus has given His all. Jesus has come near. The veil has been torn. His Presence is here. The goal is that we would give our all to Him. That we would surrender our time, our distractions, our routines and give Him more of us....