I am currently reading The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby.
A hard reality to swallow for many of us, Tisby (who is an African-American, evangelical Christian) details how the American church helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices throughout its history. Continue reading
This past Sunday, our church (Renewal Memphis) changed things up a bit and offered a time of “conversation.”
Our pastor began with a short teaching from Phil 4:1-4, and he then interviewed a mixed couple from our church (husband is black, wife is white). With this, the couple were able to share a bit of their story and experiences, especially in light of our present-day challenges in America.
I appreciated this real-life stuff very much. Continue reading
Have you noticed there is a tiny bit of unrest in America these days? Something has surged forward, grabbing our attention, almost overtaking the Coronavirus pandemic.
We’ve been hit with the devastating reality that more of our African-American brothers and sisters have encountered tragic deaths. They’ve been murdered. Continue reading
The height and perhaps culminating year of the Civil Rights Movement in America. That year Martin Luther King Jr. was shot just down the road from where I sit right now, his death serving as perhaps the climax of the CRM period in American history.
What we may not know is that there was also a pandemic that began the summer of 1968. This flu pandemic ended up taking the lives of at least 1 million people worldwide (perhaps up to 4 million) during 1968-1969. 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