The Bible holds within it stories of holiness elongated into a sustained encounter with another. We call that friendship. The story of Naomi and Ruth tells us how women’s friendship is sustenance through times of adversity and peril. This is a chronicle of survival and difference. At the beginning of the book of Ruth, two … Continue reading Ruth Taught Me The Power of Female Friendship to Overcome Death
(An adapted excerpt from “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S) Dear Church, how the hell did we get here? The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the whitest denomination in the United States. Many of our congregations are in decline, and our society is becoming … Continue reading Dear Lutheran Church, How The Hell Did We Get Here?
I’m having a conversation with Black men who find themselves pursuing sexual relationships with women. Specifically, the “good” ones. The ones who will skim past this article, or link it under a post of one of their “problematic” friends without actually reading it themselves. You, who, in all of the talk about R. Kelly, will … Continue reading To All the “Good Black Men” – This is WAY Bigger than R. Kelly
On Thursday, January 3rd the 6 episode docu-series “Surviving R Kelly” aired on Lifetime, chronicling the embattled singer’s history of sexual abuse, particularly against underaged black girls. The day after, the internet is ablaze with disgust and shame toward the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B”, with declarations to never support or listen to Kelly’s music again. What took so long? I grew up listening to the over-sexualized lyrics by R Kelly at the … Continue reading R Kelly and Our Failure to Protect Black Girls
Feeling deep gratitude for my family, Church of All Nations, as I reflect on the Santa Lucia celebration we shared together recently. Santa Lucia is a Swedish holiday recognizing the Italian St. Lucy, known for aiding persecuted Christians during the Roman Empire. It is also a welcoming back of the sun during the darkest time … Continue reading Celebrating Scandinavian Heritage Without Upholding White Supremacy
There’s a lot at stake in conversations surrounding missions. Most missionaries have packed up their belongings and made a huge life-altering move to another side of the world—their change of address is transcontinental. They’ve likely fundraised from multiple churches and individuals, invested months and even years of their lives discerning their calling before going all-in … Continue reading Chau’s Death is a Tragedy of Arrogance and Hubris. Let’s Learn from His Mistakes.