Discussing Dr. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning

I recently read Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's landmark book Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America and then sat down to discuss this truly important book with the host of Book Ish: The Canon Continues podcast (Book Ish ). Because this book is so well researched and covers the history …

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Dr. King and intersectionality

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Books have the power to profoundly impact our lives. In 2006, I found an audiobook copy of A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. at my local library. I had some familiarity with King’s work prior to listening to that book, and his autobiography in quick succession, but not much. Those two books changed all of that for me. He was of course a supremely gifted orator and it is a blessing to live in an age where his speeches have been preserved for future generations. Those speeches inform my personal theological stances and have stayed with me ever since.

One of the speeches in the collection truly stood out for me. It is one that likely got him into a good deal of trouble with those who maintain the Domination System in American political life because he was critical of U.S. foreign policy and…

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Come now…an Advent prayer

Amen.

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Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious Kindom of God, to bring your holy light into our increasingly dark world.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious Kindom of God, to awaken your holy peace within the collective heart of hurting humanity, and in the hearts of every wounded person around your world.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious Kindom of God, enliven forgiveness in our hearts, and should our wounds be too grievous forgive on our behalves.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now glorious Kindom of God, fill us with joyous wonder, that we may marvel at the beautiful diversity of our human family.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious Kindom of God, where the Golden Rule is practiced between all peoples everywhere.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious Kindom of God, and relieve this longing within our hearts.

Come now long-awaited Jesus, come now the glorious…

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“I’m still here.” – A veteran’s story.

This morning I had therapy at the local V.A. clinic. When I went in to my appointment I had thought that this would be a fairly routine session. My plan was to ask my therapist some questions related to the book I am currently working on, which is entitled Traumatic Episodes: Finding grace in a life …

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Oppression in Jesus’ name

One of the things that gets me riled up is the conflation of things done in the name of a religion by fundamentalists with the actual teachings of said religion. Case in point, America in 2018 is being enthralled, in the most negative sense of that word, by fundamentalist "Christians" who are gleefully celebrating every …

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Grace and forgiveness: A theological conundrum?

   Jesus' teachings on forgiveness are well known. We are called to forgive, just as he did, even on the cross. That's a tough ask for most of us, because throughout our lives there are people who do things that sometimes wound us so profoundly.  Those deeply inflicted wounds can come with long lasting consequences, …

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