Considering “Sanctuary” in the Aftermath of Charleston


One of my favorite and in my opinion vastly underrated movies of all time is the 2011 film, Priest.  Not only is it a fun movie that involves motorcycles, explosions, and incredibly cheesy dialogue the movie also depicts a somewhat imaginable (minus the vampires) reality. It depicts a militarized city ruled by the Church where the [Read More...]

“Lord, How Long?” (Habakkuk 1:2): Praying Through Grief While Confronting a Hate Crime


Rev. Clementa Pinckney and his parishioners attended a Wednesday night Bible study in a church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white man could walk through the doors of their spiritual home and be welcomed with open arms. They did not turn this stranger away. They did not treat [Read More...]

Ambassadors of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21): The Massacre of the Beloved in Charleston, SC


The evening began like any other Wednesday Bible study. Beloved parishioners and their pastor gathered to read scripture and pray together in church. Now they are dead. Nine black people, nine precious creations of God, nine cherished souls who were “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) by their Creator   — six black women and three [Read More...]