I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

I Want to Be the Pastor on the Bridge

Every time I read a book or watch a movie about the 1960’s I ask myself, which group of white people would I have found myself amongst if I were an adult through the Civil Rights Movement? Those who were vocally opposed to the movement because of their own overt white...

Act on Behalf of the Oppressed

The apostle James, the half brother of Jesus, has written to us about refusing to show favoritism and racism and classism. He challenges us to refuse to discriminate or carry prejudice in our hearts, but instead to assign infinite value to everyone who is made in the...

Speaking Up for the Oppressed

As you come down to the end of James’s challenge about racism, favoritism, and classism, he gives us two short words. I want to give them to you today and ask you to take up this challenge with me. James says, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the...

Seeing Prejudice in Your Own Heart

 I grew up in a community where there was a lot of racial tension. In the high school that I went to, there were quite a few scuffles and fights between people of different ethnicities. When I was in junior high, I attended a church with a friend, and while driving...

Who Is My Neighbor?

 So the question is: Who is my neighbor? Who is your neighbor? I grew up in the country. Our neighbors lived hundreds of feet from our house. Now, a lot of us live in neighborhoods where houses are close together, or apartment complexes where you’re kind of stacked...

We All Bear the Image of God

I’m writing this just a few days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, so the United States right now is embroiled in conflict. We’ve had protests and riots and various other things. And it causes me to ask, every time this comes up, why do we...
Yes, Jesus IS the Answer

Yes, Jesus IS the Answer

Racism has been a part of the human story for thousands of years. The Bible itself contains the history of tribal wars in Abraham’s day, the rise of empericalism and slavery and on into the New Testament when the question of whether the Messiah came to save the...
If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

If I Could Master One Thing, It Would Be My Tongue

It’s easy to be religious. All you have to do is perform some rituals. Attend church (or some kind of worship service), give offerings, say some prayers, maybe get baptized and take communion. Easy. It’s hard to be kind when people are not kind to you. It’s hard to...

Racism is Every Christian's Problem

There are Baptist churches today in America who don’t want African-Americans attending, much less joining. It’s been said that Sunday morning at 11:00 is the most segregated hour in America. I was once confronted by a Deacon who was upset that I had chosen...

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