Alton Sterling, a Son’s Tears, and Psalm 137: A Lament

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw-oXAwIeW8 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept –Psalm 137:1 What does it look like to reach the breaking point of orthodoxy?  What does it look like to arrive at the place where the desire for reconciliation gives way to anger and resentment?  It looks like a fifteen-year-old boy weeping uncontrollably … Continue reading Alton Sterling, a Son’s Tears, and Psalm 137: A Lament

Christmas, Easter, and MLK Day: On Remembering Martin as a Meme

Anyone who has been a pastor or attended church regularly  knows about the so-called “Christmas and Easter” Christians.  These two days, at least in the Anglican tradition, are the most attended services of the year. In the black church, it was Mother’s Day and Easter, but the point remains the same. There are certain days when … Continue reading Christmas, Easter, and MLK Day: On Remembering Martin as a Meme

Racial reconciliation after the news cycle ends

For about a month the question of racial reconciliation was at the forefront of America’s consciousness. Facebook, twitter, news outlets, and blogs (including this one) — the barometers of societal interest— weighed in on what seemed to be events of seminal importance. But time presses forward, and short of some new racially related tragedy, we … Continue reading Racial reconciliation after the news cycle ends

Incarnation and Racial Reconciliation during Christmastide: The Feast of St John the Evangelist

The second day of Christmastide has a different feel than the first. December 26th we remembered the first martyr Stephen. December 27th we remember St John the Evangelist. According to tradition, he is the only one of the twelve apostles who did not suffer martyrdom (We pass over the end of Judas in silence). Gone … Continue reading Incarnation and Racial Reconciliation during Christmastide: The Feast of St John the Evangelist