We Are The Body

I awoke yesterday morning to a text from my “spiritual” daughter that she was being transported to the hospital. She asked me to pray. For almost a year, she and I have been contending for her health. We have declared and rebuked. So yesterday, when she texted, my heart was faint. I could not pray. I had no words. I could not declare or offer words of wisdom. So I...

When You Know Better…

For my National Board Recertification, I had to video a teaching session. Yesterday as I was viewing it, I noticed two things that upset me. One, I have gained too much weight. But secondly and most importantly, I exhibited implicit bias in my class. Implicit bias is our unconscious stereotypes that affect our attitudes and behaviors. We ALL have them. I noticed when my African American students gave a correct...

What’s in Your Heart?

u Yesterday, my daughter and I explored downtown Cincinnati. Now, some parts of downtown Cincinnati have been gentrified. Others have not. We parked on Vine Street and made our way to the River. We walked a mile, some blocks more gentrified than others. We then went in the opposite direction, looking for Findlay Market and found ourselves heading toward non-gentrified downtown Cincinnati. Honestly, I began to get a little nervous....

Unity

Yesterday, I had so much fun hanging out with my girl, Ashley Shuell. We prayed for people together, laughed like crazy, encouraged each other in the Lord, preached to a Facebook audience and healed the sick. But if you were to look at Ashley and I from a worldly view, we would seem unlikely friends. We are of different ethnicities. I’m young. She’s younger. My kids are grown and gone....

Customize Your Order

  The other day, I was reading a Facebook argument. Two people, I didn’t know were arguing on a friend’s page. It was like a bad accident. I tried not to watch but I just couldn’t turn away. One of the participants in this FB quarrel presented facts without name calling. The other participant resorted to the sentiment that has become prevalent, “if you don’t agree with me, you must...

Favor to Change the World

Your favor is not just for you. Joseph’s family received favor because of Joseph. A nation survived because of Joseph. If you are Caucasian, use your favor to promote unity, to advocate for equality for people of color, to build bridges. If you are male, use your favor to rage against misogyny, to advocate for equality for women, to stop bullies. If you are female, use your favor to silence...

He’s Intentional

Jesus HAD to go through Samaria. Jesus HAD to stay at Zaccheus’ house. Both the Samaritans and Zaccheus were considered chief sinners. Both were despised by the religious elite. Proper Jewish men would never be caught dead interacting or having dinner with the likes of them. But Jesus intentionally sought out, made a point to sit down and have a meal with those his community deemed sinners. Friends, reconciliation requires...

Past Defining Present

Wednesday, my beautiful, smart, precocious five year old niece was called the “N” word by a classmate. Yes, in 2018 this is still the reality of African-American parents.(Please don’t respond how you were teased on the playground. We all were. The difference is we have had to deal with normal teasing AND this crap.) The anger I felt when I heard about this, the sadness I felt when I had...

Words of Life

Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can pierce my soul. Words shape self images, alter perceptions, dictate destinies. Words can discourage or encourage, tear down or build up, imprison or liberate. Words are more powerful than weapons of mass destruction because the decision to use the weapon generally started with words – words of hatred, words that marginalized, words that dehumanize, words that dismissed. Our parents got...

Unity

What is unity? Does unity mean we all must think alike, look alike, pray alike, worship alike? Can we disagree and still be unified? Can we walk in unity if I vote differently than you? Protest differently? Unity does not mean agreement in every single issue. That is the definition of a cult. True unity brings diverse people – people of varying ethnicities, political beliefs, denominations, socio-economic statuses together and...