Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 50 Years Later

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

Those are the words of Bono in the U2 song, “Pride,” remembering what happened to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading

Embodying the Ways of Jesus: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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 have pondered who this man actually was and what he actually did, I realize that he embodied the ways of Jesus in a unique way, in a way that gets easily overlooked in our western evangelical context.

How so? Continue reading

Dr. King Reminds Us of Another

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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

Nosugref: Backwards Step

archOn August 9, 2014, a neighborhood on the north side of St. Louis endured a community-altering situation. It all happened in a mere 120 seconds – a struggle ensued between Michael Brown (and friend) and police officer, Darren Wilson; 12 shots were fired, Brown was hit by 6, one was the fatal shot to his head.

Three and a half months later, the grand jury decided not to indict officer Wilson. The conclusion: there was no probable cause that Wilson acted criminally in his 2-minute altercation with Brown. Following the announced decision, shockwaves were felt around much of the African-American community of not only Ferguson, but the whole of the U.S. Continue reading