I can’t say this strongly enough, but I believe that embracing diversity in the church is critical not only for creating a more inclusive and equitable society, but also for fulfilling the church’s mission to love God AND love people. In this blog post, I am going to discuss a number of ways that churches can do this for everyone who walks into the building.
85% of all juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are functionally low literate. Did you know that not only are low literacy rates associated with higher rates of crime, but they also make it difficult for individuals to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on welfare?
I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of a church that has no problem with learning to do good, seeking justice, fighting for the oppressed, defending the defenseless and protecting those who can’t protect themselves as stated in Isaiah 1:17.
As a Pastor & also someone who is doing all that I can to bring people together around these divisive topics, my fear is that we are well on our way down the slippery slope of repeating some of our nation’s dark history.
The question I want to dive into for this week is a very serious question as it has become a VERY hot topic that is driving everything from the creation of laws to the running platforms of political parties. That question is simply “What does defund the police really mean?”
I came to the conclusion that over the course of my life, a large number of the decisions I had been making were actually being made for the benefit and even the comfort of other people. Basically, there was no part of my life that had been untouched by this reality. So, I decided to stop getting better and to BE GOODER!
I’m sure I’m going to end up in some trouble here, but I want to try to clear up some confusion on a couple of terms that seem to have people a little mixed up. Term #1 is Socialism and term #2 is going to be Social Justice. I need you to understand that these two terms represent two very different things.
Union soldiers, led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger, landed in the city with news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were now free. The announcement came two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that technically freed slaves.
When I go in to teach some of my Cross-Cultural Literacy Sessions, I’ve found that there are some words and phrases that I need to be pretty careful with using, or I literally risk losing the ear & heart of many of the white people that I am trying to help navigate this world of race & culture.
When I think of a hero, I think of someone who has an ability, or power, or something life-saving that I wish I could do, or be like. A hero is someone that I would want to pattern myself after, and I don’t know many people that are running around saying, “I want to be like George Floyd.”