May 7, 2020

Once again, I am in the unenviable position of having to have “the talk” with my sons. No, it’s not the “don’t do drugs” talk. Not the “don’t have sex before marriage” talk. Not even the “don’t drink and drive” talk. No, this talk is the “don’t be black” talk. I’m sure you have it with your kids, right? If not, it goes like this… “If you’re out and about, just jogging, listening to music, pumping gas, visiting a convenience… Read more

May 6, 2020

This week’s installment is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Love|Forward – Moving Forward at the Speed of Love” As far back as anyone can recall, humanity has sought to define what love is. At its most esoteric, it is the most powerful of human emotions; at its most technical, it’s a chain series of complex chemical and hormonal reactions. To the uninitiated, love is a mere emotion. To the biologist, love is the simply chemical changes in the human… Read more

April 30, 2020

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to belief, lately. Not so much what I believe or even why I believe what I believe. Just the construct of belief, itself. Now, there are some folks who think I’ve gone off the rails, spiritually. Some, in fact, think that I’m tilting toward agnosticism or even atheism. Nothing could be further from the truth! I believe in God and I also believe that s/he believes in me so much that s/he has… Read more

April 22, 2020

Given a sufficiently long timeline, everyone experiences death. Death comes to family members and friends; eventually it comes to us. It’s one of those things that’s never easy and certainly never comfortable. I believe that lives well-lived generally lead to deaths well-died. Even if the well-lived life ends early, suddenly, or tragically the legacy of the well-lived life transcends whatever means by which death comes. Death is an assassin and its aim is both true and accurate. Last week, death… Read more

April 14, 2020

In my last installment, I explained why I am no longer a bible/scripture literalist. In this post, I want to take on one of the most common — albeit ridiculous — positions: “The Bible Clearly Says…” So many times, especially in the realm of social media, this variation of the logical fallacy of “appeal to authority” is trotted out in an attempt to silence or discredit a plethora of opinions and positions. The bible is also a go-to to support… Read more

April 8, 2020

One of the great things about achieving escape velocity from the black hole of religion is freedom. I was once bound by scriptural literalism — but no longer. I used to quote and cite scripture for virtually everything; now I quote and cite it for almost nothing. As a pastor and an aspiring theologian, I was given an overarching premise by many teachers and mentors — that the bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God. They told me that… Read more

March 16, 2020

I’m neither given to writing on current events nor am I a purveyor of bad news. However, what is going on right now in our country and in the world is sheer madness. And I have something to say about it. We are in the midst of a global pandemic. “Coronavirus” has become a household word. International travel is restricted and domestic travel is not recommended. Financial indices are plummeting. Contrary to what some think, this is not some left-wing… Read more

March 3, 2020

One of the things I discovered on my road to Deconstructing Religion is that theology is the only major field of study that hasn’t advanced since, I don’t know, the dark ages. Think about it. Medicine, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and linguistics all have seen significant advances but theology remains largely unchanged. Why is this, you ask? I believe that most fields of study existed for the advancement of humanity. Medicine brings forth healing. Astronomy helps us to understand… Read more

February 18, 2020

Allow me to gloat. This week, I’m on an expenses-paid business trip to London, England. Nice, huh? Not long ago, I was bitter and angry about my career. I felt that it was stopping me from what I thought I was “purposed to do;” that is, preach the Gospel. Now, forget for a minute that blessings often come disguised as hard work — even though my work (software engineering) is challenging. What I’ve learned is that it is what I… Read more

February 11, 2020

If you’re looking for “Slim Shady,” I think you tuned into the wrong channel. Although I have no desire for his fame (or infamy), I do love his music and I wouldn’t mind having his loot. How many commandments did I break there? Seriously, though, for the folks who don’t know me, I’m a full-time husband and father, author, speaker, and software engineer. I am also a former pastor, bishop, and apostle. But, for the purposes of this space, I’m… Read more

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