Why We Can’t Wait (Luke 13:10-17)

By Matthew L. Skinner. Why We Can’t Wait is the familiar title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s book from 1964. The volume includes his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (written April 16, 1963) and makes an argument to recognize 1963 as the beginning of “the Negro Revolution” while extolling the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance.King’s “Letter” issues a call for urgency. He wrote it as a response to eight local white clergymen who had criticized his activities in Birmingham a … [Read more...]

Tamir Rice and the Anguish of Our National Sin (Nehemiah 8:1-10)

By Robert Williamson.On December 28, just before New Year’s Day, a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict the officers who killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who had been playing with a toy gun in a park near his home. For many, the news resounded as yet one more tragic refrain in the long litany of our nation’s utter disregard for Black lives. Extinguished in the innocence of childhood, without even a second thought.America’s history of white supremacy stretches back to the very f … [Read more...]

Maye God’s Trying to Tell You Something (1 Samuel 3:1-20)

By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.Faith leaders speak out on how well the faith community has upheld the tradition of civil rights and social justice activism. In the motion picture adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Shug Avery leaves Harpo’s Juke Joint, on her way to the church pastored by her estranged father. On a forced march through cotton fields, Shug is accompanied by an impromptu choir, singing on their way, “Maybe God’s trying to tell you something!” written by the late A … [Read more...]

Mark 14:1-15:47: What Jesus’ Death Tells Us About Ourselves

By Mathew SkinnerThe Trayvon Martin story is tragic for many reasons. We see one of them in what his death has again brought to the surface: deeply rooted convictions that the system is flawed. We have a hard time trusting the criminal-justice processes in particular cases when the system-wide injustices remain so persistent.As Christians move into the week that most defines our faith, a week of remembering and reliving Jesus’ death and resurrection, this idea of a broken system p … [Read more...]