Back in January, a couple of friends and I went to see the recently released movie Just Mercy. It was one of the most powerful, and gut-wrenching, movies I have ever seen.
On that day, all three of us grown men found ourselves crying in this movie theater. I’ll be even more honest. This was the most I have ever cried while watching a movie. I was weeping, just weeping—neared wailing at one point. I was trying to hold some of it back because, well, it was turning loud, and here I was in a public cinema. Continue reading
A mural of George Floyd has been painted at the Cup Foods site where Floyd was arrested by Minneapolis police and later died in custody. Judy Griesedieck for MPR News
There have been a few times
These past months
When I couldn’t breathe.
Panic attacks as I thought
About life in a pandemic.
What would happen to me,
Would I make it through
To the other side
And see and finally breathe?
I made it through.
I can breathe.
Today. Continue reading
I ponder the characteristic of justice a lot.
I continually ask: What is just, right, fair and equitable in the eyes of Christ?
It’s a potent question, at least for me.
Recently, my thoughts have landed on something I think is important to consider in regards to authentic justice in our world today. Continue reading
Today marks a day of remembrance for a man who pioneered one of the greatest developments in modern American history – the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Or, better articulated, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped open the doors of dignity and respect for our African-American brothers and sisters. For he knew, was correctly convinced, that these honors were due to all humanity created in the image of God.
And as I was pondering this morning who this man actually was and what he actually did, I realize that he embodied the Jesus of Scripture in a unique way, in a way that gets easily overlooked in our western evangelical context.
How so? Continue reading