Two hundred of us stood hand in hand singing, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.” We were all Christian leaders from Philadelphia, but we were joined together in a dedicated corner at the Javits Center in Manhattan. It was Movement Day 2016.
In light of the violence and unrest that has dominated the media in the United States over the past weeks, I’ve decided to take a moment to speak up and share a few things I’ve learned in my experience as a white pastor in a mostly black, inner city context.
Last month we had an unseasonably warm day in Philadelphia. I was writing a sermon in a coffee shop around 4 pm when I learned that it was around eighty degrees outside. So I quickly packed up my bags and headed to the Wissahickon Park.
He stomped her face into the curb one more time, but she was still conscious. She kept quiet-didn’t want to make a scene. He didn’t care. The giant man stood over her knowing he could quickly end her life if he wanted to.
If you’ve looked at my bio you may have noticed something about me: I’m white. And I’m not urban white. I’m folk music and chewing tobacco white. Yet I live in the inner city and I pastor at an inner city church.
Last week we looked at the creation story in Genesis and explored the foundation God laid regarding our responsibility towards the environment. If you haven’t read last week’s article, I suggest you do so before beginning today. You can find it here. What Would Jesus Say About the Environment?
I sat in the back row of the auditorium where we congregated daily for chapel. Half way through service my eyes jolted from my book and I glared at the stage where the speaker stood. I must have misheard him. “Jesus wouldn’t get along with environmentalists… and they wouldn’t like …
Last week the new X-Files series premiered, so I feel that gives me enough reason to talk about one of my favorite topics: Aliens. Maybe it’s because we watched Unsolved Mysteries every weeknight with my mom as kids, or perhaps it’s because my family’s favorite Sunday night show was The …
I’ve never made New Year’s resolutions, but this year I decided to make five of them. I like measurable goals, so this seemed like a helpful way to make some changes. One of my goals is “forgive.” By this, I