I have a confession. I try to be transparent on my page because as a teacher, I want you to learn from my example. But also, I want to model a lifestyle that is contemplative and repentive. There is absolutely no condemnation in Christ, therefore it’s okay to examine yourself and admit you were wrong. Today, I must examine my thoughts and admit I was wrong. If you have never...

How Do You Respond to Rejection? What did Jesus do? The time had come. The mob came to seize Jesus. Peter’s response was to draw a sword and defend his friend. But when Jesus made it clear there would be no violence on their part, the disciples fled… All of them. John did not even take time to put clothes on and fled naked. Jesus’ friends…who had seen the miracles...

We Are the Church

“What is the Occasion,” a gentleman inquired. My team was having a gathering in the park. Everyone was welcomed. Free food. Groceries giveaway. Gently used clothes. Inflatables for the kids. Cotton Candy for the kids and kids at heart. Live entertainment. So when the gentleman asked the occasion, I was at a loss for words. Do we need an occasion to show the love of God? Do we need a...

For God so Loved

Homelessness prevalent. Prostitution common. Adultery routine. Extortion of your fellow countrymen standard. Crime habitual. The sick separated and untouched. Religious leaders controlling and uncaring. The government abusive and corrupt. Ethnic discord. The world dark. Very dark. Is this a description of present day America? Nope. First century Jerusalem. And it was in the midst of the darkness, God loved. So loved. The world deserved judgment but God sent Mercy and...

Jesus and Vaccinations

Would Jesus support vaccinations? Let me tell you what He would NOT do first: 1. Jesus would not divide – the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. He would invite both to the table. 2. He would not refuse to heal and he would not judge. 3. He would not vilify leaders on either side. 4. He would not mock, exclude, or wish death on either side. 5. He would not accuse...

Moved by Compassion

Jesus was often “moved with compassion” before a miracle. Another way of saying that is, “He was moved by love.” When people in need approached Jesus, He never reprimanded at that point; He didn’t counsel, He didn’t even teach. He loved. And Jesus’ love language is healing. When the downtrodden approached Jesus, He didn’t blame. He didn’t accuse. He didn’t judge. He loved. And Jesus’ love language is forgiving and...

The Ultimate Demonstration of Love

When I was growing up in the Black Baptist Church, Thursday and Friday before Easter, we would have a church service called “The Last Seven Words.” Seven prominent Black Pastors would gather and each would preach on one of the last seven sayings of Christ. That is a fond childhood memory. As I read those last seven sayings today, I see the perfect love of God demonstrated. “Forgive them.” Love...

Mercy

My students have been “over cookin’ my grits” this week and my mercy meter is running dangerously low. I have literally begged kids to turn in work. I have made remediation assignment to help improve their grade. I have sent text messages and emails to parents and still nothing. Along with the technology issues I’ve had this week, yesterday, I was done. Or so I thought. After entering make up...

Be the Change

This week my eyes were opened. I was unaware Asian Hate was a thing. But as I have read people of Asian descent’s stories, my heart has ached and my eyes were opened to the ugliness in people’s heart. As a teacher, I always come back to this question: “How can we do better?” My Christian friends would say, “Jesus is the answer. We will just pray and it will...

Prophesy

Apostle Paul encouraged us to “be eager to prophesy.” I want to increase my prophetic voice in 2021. Do you? Here are a five suggestions from scripture: 1. Love. Love ALL people. Democrats, Republicans, believers, non-believers, people of different faiths, immigrants. Love. Paul said, “Let love be your highest goal.(I Corinthians 14:1)” God is love. He speaks love. He communicates in love. If we want to speak on His behalf...