I am simply drawn to tables because, at least for me, they represent something of a community and connection. Some of my best memories occurred around tables. So did some of my worst.
We are called to go out, but we are called to go out bearing gifts and with an openness to receive the gifts of others.
Christianity, the religion and faith system that seeks to live the reality of the Risen Christ, has a long history of being confused for, or used to sanction or legitimize, political power. This has always presented Christianity with a dramatic tension between the humble messiah lacking temporal power and the proud, violent empires who have … Continue reading It’s time to tell the truth. Guns are blasphemous and the Cross is ridiculous.
Allow those words to marinate in your spirit. The President of the United States of America spoke them about people whom God calls beloved and land that God calls good.
I wanted a rule book, but rather than just give me a list of dos and don’ts, the Bible gave me stories, and poems, and laments, and curious genealogies, and the Apostles throwing shade at one another.
The rules are the same whether you are dealing with a police officer on the side of the road or random white woman in grocery store. When you are black in America, there is no hiding place, and history is filled with black women and men who dared to disobey these rules of engagement.
If we follow the letter of scripture without love and compassion in our hearts for others, we are only doing what is required not what is intended.
Chance the Rapper’s Grammy performance was definitely Gospel, but make no mistake about it, authentic Gospel music is rooted in unapologetic Blackness.
I am writing this to challenge all straight-identifying Christians who interpret non-heterosexual and non-cisgender identity as sinful to a year of listening and discernment.
I have a suggestion for a New Years’ Resolution for my beloved Church and the leaders who serve it: leave anti-millennial stereotyping and scapegoating in 2016. It's lazy. Full stop. It’s a shame that we have to continue to have this conversation, but it honestly needs to come to a swift and expeditious end.