A Prayer of Lament (Alton Sterling)

  For the times we have been too distracted to feel deeply and respond fully to injustice. O LORD, FORGIVE US   For the times our own hearts fill with hatred and malice for those who inflict pain. O LORD, FORGIVE US   For the times we have failed to feel fully the breaking of … Continue reading

In the last few weeks I’ve found myself wrestling through a sea of arduous thoughts and questions – many revolving around the issue of racial discord and ethnic prejudice. Perhaps you know the feeling. Though I honestly feel like I have more questions than answers at times, I feel compelled to offer a few propositions … Continue reading

Why I’m Not Color-Blind

All is not well. In light of the recent Confederate Flag conversation, there seems to be a lot volatile discussion in the media regarding the issue of race and discrimination. Not surprisingly – the Christian voice is certainly among the chorus of responses I’ve seen – and I think that’s a good thing. But now … Continue reading

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and a Cultural Hermeneutic

As the social temperature continues to rise my heart continues to sink.   Truthfully – my first instinct regarding the Darren Wilson verdict last week was to say nothing. I wasn’t there. I don’t have a law degree. I’m not originally from that community nor do I reside there currently. With the tsunami of responses … Continue reading

Racism, Reverse-Racism, and the Subtlety of Suburbia

Last week I asked friends, family, and my community about their perspective on racism. I never could have imagined how fascinating their responses would be. These are some of them: Martin.Zimmerman.Survey (click the link to view the pdf)   “The more fractured we are, the greater we become spectacles to the world. The more we … Continue reading

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and the Racial Divide

I am at my computer on Saturday evening, July 13th – staring unsettled at the content I have prepared for a teaching on racism tomorrow. I was certain that something in my message needed to shift, but unsure exactly how – until I logged onto Facebook. News of the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict flooded … Continue reading


In my music theory class this morning, we were discussing harmonic and melodic scales as they related to specific church modes and so on. Our professor explained with great detail and passion not only the mechanics of how to write and play such scales, but the importance of truly understanding precisely why they work the … Continue reading

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