Category Church Set Free

He is Here (Revelation 3:20)

Forgotten first love, our hunger is lacking We’ve left Him adrift in a sea of disdain He stands at the door, awaiting the asking.   We no longer see what with Him we obtain The Vine feeds the branch, but we want our poison We’ve left Him adrift in a sea of disdain.   Hold […]

Free Christmas Gift for You

I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. (John 15:5, The Message) In the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is over. Yet my thankfulness exceeds a five-day weekend feast. […]

Love is Not a Metaphor

The Lord was drinking some water out of a glass. There was nothing wrong with the glass, but the water tasted terrible. This was in a white building on a vast wasteland. The engineers within wore white uniforms and bootees on their shoes and gloves on their hands. The water had traveled many hundreds of […]

Christians, Let Us Remember

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) It is finally the day after, and we all woke up this morning as Americans. Yet we are Christians first. Some voted (or did not vote) as an expression of […]

…and Justice for All

When you see me, who do you see? A Black face? Someone who evokes rage or fright, Undeserving mercy, grace?   When you see me, who do you see? Blind and white and deaf; loath to step into shoes of your pain, color, grief or plight?   When you see me, when will you see […]

Are We Ready?

  In Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, (The Sermon on the Plain, Luke 6:17-52), he records Jesus telling us to love our enemies and pray for them. He writes of Jesus instructing us to refrain from judging or condemning others. He recounts Jesus reminding us to look at the logs in our […]

A Tale of Two Pastors

Thinking Deeper than Skin I read a post last week from a pastor in response to a list made by African American State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of this country’s current injustices, citing her reasons for declining to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Before I tell you about that pastor’s reaction, I’d like to tell […]

Healing Hurts

Invisible affliction occurs And stirs wounds, exposes scar tissue; Those who are living outside my skin Cannot help or hope to harbor Empathy or like circumstances. No, you strike it from your point of view Granting no value to where I’ve been So you simply say, “Move on.” We must both gather to heal at […]

1850 Know-Nothings Rise Again

Before the founding of the Republican Party in 1854, the two political parties were the Democrats and the Whigs. Anti-slavery Whigs met in February of 1854 – an election year – to establish a new party and oppose the spread of slavery into new, western territories. This caused an irreparable split in the party, causing […]

The Rich Young Ruler in Us

‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not bear false witness. You must not defraud anyone. (Mark 10:19) Money and possessions. They were the stumbling blocks for the rich young ruler. But let’s begin at the beginning. As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, […]