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.
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 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 …