Racial Conversations

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

A Race Reckoning

1968 2020

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

Is It Still 1968?

1968

1968.

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

I’m sorry you can no longer breathe

I Can't Breathe

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,
My family?
‪Would I make it through‬
‪To the other side‬
‪And see and finally breathe?
‪I made it through.
I can breathe.‬
Today. Continue reading