September 18, 2018

Who wants to be homeless like Jesus? I’m going out on a limb here to contend that most people probably do not have it as a goal or posted on their vision boards. Nope. And I have not come across any executive or life coaches boasting about how they guide their clients to achieve homelessness. With this being said, during days seventy-one through seventy-seven of my year-long Bible hiatus, my husband and I moved into our new home, and I… Read more

September 15, 2018

Do you have tears that no one ever sees? Do you go through life with a brave face or confident smile, but when you are alone, it dissipates? Maybe you feel numb to the world around you. You have stuffed down your emotions so far that you struggle with feeling them. Perhaps your heart has been riddled with guilt and despair because, in spite of your accomplishments, you do not feel happy. As you cry yourself to sleep, you ask… Read more

September 10, 2018

Some time has passed since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and I still do not think everyone who voted for Trump is a racist. Because I write and speak at length about issues of race and racism, some people expect the opposite. Currently, we live in times where to get along with different groups, we are supposed to agree and follow every single belief unquestioningly. Every. Single. Belief. And that’s not me. At least, that has not been me for… Read more

September 8, 2018

Arising out of the flames of burning Nike apparel in the name of patriotism, a new creation has taken form: The faketriot. What is a faketriot? A faketriot is a fake patriot- a person who thinks s/he is patriotic, but her/his beliefs and actions oppose the fabric and ideals of the nation they support. Nike chose Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who help ignite a peaceful protest in response to police brutality, as the face of their 30th anniversary… Read more

September 4, 2018

What if a White church canceled Bible study or Sunday worship service to go watch Spike Lee’s Black KkKlansman? What if all churches in the United States did it? Last week, (Days 57-63 of my yearlong break from Bible study), my husband and I watched the Spike Lee joint, Black KkKlansman. Afterward, we made time to reflect on the film together, discussing thoughts and feelings the movie raised for each other. As for me, this movie provided scripture, church, Bible… Read more

September 1, 2018

Unicorns and rainbows have trended for a while. They are no longer reserved to child’s play. Indeed, different ages are trying to unleash their inner unicorn. Others have hair kissed of the rainbow with or sans horn. I, for one, am enjoying the creativity of the endless hair styles and the increase in unicorn goods. I could make this post as an ode to all things rainbow and unicorns. I am not. Because a sinister cloud deceptively lurks behind the… Read more

August 27, 2018

Can you see Christ in the people some dismiss as “ghetto” or “hood”- the ones some judge because of their backgrounds? Can you see Christ in the young Black men and women who push against institutional and cultural odds? I am not asking if you see people who you think need saving. I am asking if you can see the power of Christ in them. If the Church cannot see, then we might want to question how much we know… Read more

August 25, 2018

“Show me the facts.” “Stick to the facts.” “I don’t care about your feelings. I care about facts.” “I want facts, not emotions.” These kinds of declarations have grown in popularity among conservative news commentators and political pundits in discussions about social issues, such as discrimination and police brutality. Recently, a wave of conservatives have abandoned this faux moral high ground of privileging facts over emotions. They have exploited the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student, for their… Read more

August 21, 2018

Will bad things happen to you if you stop reading the Bible? Presumably well-intentioned Christians have expressed the possibility of troubles occurring in my life due to my Bible sabbatical. Over the past several days, I have reflected on these admonitions in relation to my life. I want to take some time right now to discuss two issues with placing Bible study into a direct cause and effect relationship to the positive and negative experiences in our lives. 1) Read… Read more

August 18, 2018

For years, I have observed a pattern from diverse people whenever the issue of race comes up. I witness how, instead of taking the message to heart, hordes of us point to the woes of another racial group. This fighting to avoid looking at ourselves wastes time and “precious, Lord take my hand, lead me on, let me stand” energy. My soul needs a resting because these same old practices are not tried and true, they are tired and through. In… Read more

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