From: Ruth | To: You | A Story of Racism

I would like you to meet Ruth. Ruth is a teacher, a mom, a wife. She is well educated. She lives in a small city of 250,000 in the south plains of Texas.  She is active in her church and every time I’ve talked with her she has been caring, loving and an absolute beacon…

From Me. To You.

Stories change lives. Stories of real people in real situations enduring and living in their reality can’t be disputed.  Society, you and I, can deny statistics.  We can claim there is a disparity in this direction or that but it’s impossible to tell someone their story is not true because to the storyteller, their life…

Choosing To Be Oblivious

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” – Toni Morrison This quote is the ringer for us to answer the call and listen to what people of color have been saying about racism.  This is our clue that we can’t deny.  When I say “we” I’m talking to my fellow white…

Panning for Love | Reasons We Leave the Church

Church leaders are wondering why people are leaving the church in such numbers. Thich Nhat Hanh had a good grasp on it 20 years ago. Church authorities must strive to understand the suffering of their own people. The lack of understanding brings about the lack of tolerance and true love, which results in the alienation…

Tearing Down Walls Of The Empire

I write this to my Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim brothers and sisters. I write to my Pantheist, Atheist, Deist, Theist and Agnostic family. I write to my people who grew up without a faith tradition and find themselves somewhere along the spiritual journey. I write to my people who are not sure how they would identify….

White Jesus

When I was growing up, I didn’t have a picture of Jesus in my house. There were definitely no portraits of God or Vishnu or any other deity. The only thing I can remember were a few crosses sitting here or there and maybe an old family Bible out on a coffee table. My catholic…

Sit & Listen | Sunday Conversations on Racism

I sat and listened. Story after story told by new friends about their personal experiences with racism. These weren’t stories they heard from their grandparents or stories they read on Facebook.  They were not retelling a story filtered down from a friend of a friend of a friend.  These stories were theirs.  The experiences were owned….

My Confessionary

As you read this, I would like you to know that it was written prior to Trump becoming our President elect. In Leaves Reinhold Niebuhr wrote “if a gospel is preached without opposition it is simply not the gospel which resulted in the cross.”  This sentence wrecked me when I read it.  Even though I’m not sure…

How Did We Get Here Evangelicals?

I saw this link a few days ago (Eating Honey & Pulling Down Pillars) and it’s the kind of crap I’ve been seeing from a section of Evangelicals for the last year and I’m finally to the point that I’m done. I’m angry and I don’t want to be but you are supposed to be…

Adios Facebook | A Break-up Letter

Well Facebook, my dear, it’s been an adventure.  We have been together for a long time. There comes a point in every relationship when you come to the realization of whether or not it is an actual healthy relationship.  Sometimes you stay in relationships longer than you should.  I have been hanging on to you…

Colin Kaepernick | The Larger Issue

When a professional athlete does something it is, of course, magnified in the media.  Sometimes this is the very reason they do it, while other times it is something that is simply part of being a professional athlete in America. We, as a nation, have placed professional athletes equivalent with other leaders of the world…

Radiance In The Darkness

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I…

Community Is Discovered

Community is not created.  We are already connected to one another.  The moment we realize a connection between ourselves and another person is when we begin to build community.  It is these connections that lie under the surface which we fail to see because of the barriers constructed either by ourselves or the culture in which we live.  If we…

LOVE ENDURES | Broken & Contemplating

Wishing violence upon someone or carrying out a violent act looks NOTHING like Christ – NOTHING.

We are called to be men and women who stand up for the oppressed.

We are urged to be a people unified in their love for those who don’t look like us, think like us, vote like us or believe like us.

The Jesus I read of in the ancient texts is one who would mourn with those families of loved ones lost through all of the violent acts we’ve seen so publicly in the last week. He would be in Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights.

I believe His heart is broken because we would rather argue about who is right and live in denial of oppression than really look at the system and walk with those suffering in hopes that we could bring more hope, grace, and peace through sacrificial love.