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
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
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