May 18, 2021

The human body is a marvel of design and engineering. A variety of elements come together in chemical compounds to produce cells and tissues that make up organs and components that are manifested in human life. What’s really awesome is how some every component of the human body has a different function but comes together for a common purpose — that is, to sustain life. Quick point of housekeeping: even though I’ve moved on from the bible as an authoritative… Read more

April 20, 2021

Everyone loves a superhero story. The world is in imminent danger of either being destroyed or overcome by evil and the hero rushes in to save the day. By virtue of superhuman strength and moral fortitude, the world and humanity lives on until the next crisis mounts. In his book, “The Hero’s Journey,” Joseph Campbell outlines what is commonly known as the “monomyth,” or a story template that involves a hero who goes on an adventure, overcomes a crisis, and… Read more

April 2, 2021

It’s Good Friday (observed). This means it’s time for religion to trot out “The Great Lie” — that Jesus (Yeshua) did something to remove the sins of humanity. Blah, blah, blah. Before I continue, let me say that, going forward, I will refer to “Jesus” by his proper name, “Yeshua.” One of the big problems with christianity is its western interpretation, including the names of the major characters of the bible. Just had to get that off my chest. Meanwhile,… Read more

March 31, 2021

I haven’t written anything in awhile. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been inspired. The events of the presidential election and the pandemic have been, frankly, life-sapping. But I’m a writer and, even though I don’t feel like it, I need to write. Not only does it allow me to see my thoughts, it’s also therapeutic. To borrow from the late, great, former coach and owner of the Las Vegas (Oakland, Los Angeles, ???) Raiders: Just write, baby! As many… Read more

January 5, 2021

The song, “The Greatest Love of All” actually had it right. When religion was the guide of my life, I was told to love God first. However, I’m going to share with you one of the most important things you’ll ever learn — if you haven’t learned it already: You cannot give what you don’t have. How can you share something experientially with someone that you, yourself, haven’t experienced? I cannot over-stress the importance of self-love. I believe it is… Read more

November 18, 2020

When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, one of my greatest joys was the Auto Show season. This was when the convention center downtown was converted into an automotive dreamscape. Besides all the cars available for the new model year, this was the time when automakers rolled out their concepts and prototypes. Concepts are artworks that look like cars but have no powertrain. They are designed to visually stimulate and evoke an emotional response. They also are used… Read more

August 26, 2020

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Jesus shared with humanity the importance of love. In fact, I believe that Love is the thing that not only holds everything together, it is the thing that everything is made of. I also believe that the reason most people experience lack is because they misunderstand the power of love. (That’s another topic for another blog post. Moving on…) I… Read more

August 14, 2020

Last week was tough for me. My Dad was in the hospital and all the news I was hearing concerning him was not good. I had a couple of meltdowns as I faced the real possibility of losing him. I’m grateful that I have such a wonderful wife in Angela. She is my best friend and my rock. She helped remind me of all the things I’ve survived and all the things I’ve done to help others in similar situations…. Read more

August 6, 2020

I’m grateful! As I navigated the uncertain waters of my deconstruction from religion, I went through a season of despising all I endured. For years, I felt like all the time I spent in church and ministry was a complete waste. I vacillated between anger and bitterness and desperately wanted to “reclaim my time.” No more. Now I think about all the wonderful relationships I made. I think about the passionate dedication to study. I consider my time in prayer… Read more

August 3, 2020

“Hi, I’m Derrick. I’m a recovering churchaholic.” “Hiiiiiiiii Derrrrrrick!” Once upon a time, I was addicted to church. I tried to attend every service, every revival, and every conference I could. I would go out of my way to attend prayer breakfasts and lunch or coffee with as many pastors and preachers as I could. At the same time, I was a preaching junkie. I could watch TBN, Daystar, and the Word Network around the clock. I was intimately familiar… Read more

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