Month: July 2015

Speaking of God

In an image-saturated world, words still matter. In our friendships, marriages, and churches, how we use and misuse words will set the path either for pain or for flourishing. In this series, writer Branson Parler exhorts us to not take our…

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The Glory of Grace

In my last post, “Is God Black Like Me?” I shared my personal experience reconciling the contextual history of being Black with my belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Following that post nine members of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal…

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Chicken Parmigiana, Like Hospitality and Forgiveness

If anything, “Halloween and the Local Mosque” revealed that out of the mouths of babes the joke was mostly on us—the long-time grown-ups. However, the moment also pushed me to begin to unequivocally lead my family past the masks and…

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Tongues of Fire

In an image-saturated world, words still matter. In our friendships, marriages, and churches, how we use and misuse words will set the path either for pain or for flourishing. In this series, writer Branson Parler exhorts us to not take our…

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At Least Ten Best Things about Girlfriends

Greeting Cards We are called to encourage each other, and so we buy and send and give them on a whim. Thinking of you! we say. Hang in there! we say. You and me, we’re like two peas in a pod…those…

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How Does a Good God Allow Suffering?

How does an all-powerful, good God allow so many bad, evil, or tragic things to happen? Not just throughout the world, but even, perhaps in our own lives? If He really exists, how can there be so much suffering?

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Halloween and the Local Mosque

“The Incarnation is the place where hope contends with fear.” Kathleen Norris   In September 2007, our gold Honda Odyssey idled in the gravel parking lot of a small, aluminum-sided mosque in Clemson, South Carolina. After a spring of first…

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More but not Less than Words

In an image-saturated world, words still matter. In our friendships, marriages, and churches, how we use and misuse words will set the path either for pain or for flourishing. In this series, writer Branson Parler exhorts us to not take our…

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All That We Don’t Know

“I feel comfortable with all that I don’t know,” Sarah was saying. We were in a taxi, driving to a writing conference. “The older I get,” she said, “the more comfortable I am with not knowing things.”   I wish…

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Offensive Things Jesus Said

What if a homeless man down your street made the news because he said he was God himself. What would you think? Jesus actually did this 2,000 year ago. Big statement. Was he serious? Was he out of his mind? Did he…

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