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Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

Living with the results of other people's thinking is why something like #BlackLivesMatter even has to be stated. But we can change the results for others. Our thinking can be elevated; our compassion deepened. Those past results don't deserve our blind allegiance. I keep going back to these core things: Every person was made in… Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Refugees & the Good Samaritan

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LeBron James: The Prodigal Son & His Road to Redemption

Some love him. Some hate him. Some REALLY LOVE to hate him. Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, you probably heard about “The Decision” in 2010. If you’re a LeBron fan, it marks the day you became a Miami Heat fan. If you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, it marked the day LeBron broke your… Continue reading LeBron James: The Prodigal Son & His Road to Redemption

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Hearing & Being Heard

It was April 30, 2014. I was on a jetBlue flight bound for Seattle. I didn’t realize I was as sick as I was. I actually thought I had beaten what I thought was a small sinus infection the week before. I also didn’t know you aren’t supposed to fly with sinus issues. Why –… Continue reading Hearing & Being Heard

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Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

2014 was full of rampant injustices. We saw unarmed men killed by police --- sometimes even on video. We saw those same men responsible escape punishment, even after grand juries were convened.   As much as these injustices make our stomachs turn, many of us still have one thing we hate more: jury duty. We simply… Continue reading Jury Duty: Insights into Injustice & the Justice System

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Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

If you're living as a white person in a predominately white neighborhood, stop talking & listen. Please.   If your perceived reality is that racism doesn't exist anymore, it doesn't change the fact that it does exist. For many, many people.                                      … Continue reading Knowing When to Shut Up & Listen

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Remembering Love, Personified

  Last year, on this day, I wrote “Until...” & now, a year later, the piece that it alluded to... as I remember & honor a truly great man.     Transparent Stoic Compassionate Joyful Soul Man Intentional Loving Husband Father Brother Son Angel Pastor   Well done, Pastor Frank   Anyone who had the… Continue reading Remembering Love, Personified

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When I First Learned I was ‘White’

The anniversary of my friend's murder just passed. Thirteen years. Still hard to swallow. Something like that changes you. It has to... or, at the very least, it should. One of the things that makes everything in Ferguson so powerful is the way it shapes --- & hopefully matures --- the context/narrative of crime and… Continue reading When I First Learned I was ‘White’

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How Ferguson, MO could be (Your City Here) Next

The initial shock of Michael Brown's death seemed to touch every facet of social media. Everyone seemed to mourn the death of Brown..... UNTIL.....   Robin Williams always had a flare for theatrics. He couldn't enter a room without people noticing. And so, cruel & intentional or not, focus took a shift. No one was… Continue reading How Ferguson, MO could be (Your City Here) Next

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What the Church Can Learn From the Spurs

  As the NBA season was wrapped up Sunday night, a series of conversations began to take place. It was a very different tone and a very different conversation than what had happened before the Finals took place.   Before the Finals, save Spurs and Heats fan bases, much of the talk happening was about the Miami… Continue reading What the Church Can Learn From the Spurs

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Talking Trash, Richard Sherman & MLK’s Dream

No one could have predicted the filthy residue last night's NFC Championship game would leave... Ironically, enough, on the day set aside to remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his life work. In case you're living in a cave, or just hate football... & social media... & regular media for that matter, let's… Continue reading Talking Trash, Richard Sherman & MLK’s Dream