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‘Not a Marxist’ & things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part Two

The idea for this two-part series developed as I read post after post accusing Christian leaders I know and respect of being Marxists because of their responses to George Floyd's death and their calls for racial reconciliation. In each case, these leaders promoted nothing Marxist, only ideas drawn from Scripture. It is obvious that none … Continue reading ‘Not a Marxist’ & things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part Two

‘I am not a Marxist’ & other things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part One

We live in strange times. COVID-19. Racial tension. Socio-economic and political upheaval. A president who likes to tweet. Our nation has not experienced days this strange since World War I and the years that followed. I see many comparisons between our current situation and the years between 1918 (the “Spanish” flu pandemic) and 1928 (the … Continue reading ‘I am not a Marxist’ & other things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part One

Racism and the retreat to rugged individualism

Ninety-nine years ago today the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa was on fire. Fires of injustice are still burning across the U.S. today. On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a vengeful white mob destroyed one of the wealthiest, most influential black neighborhoods in the United States based on a false accusation against a black teenager. … Continue reading Racism and the retreat to rugged individualism

We need each other: The blessing of connections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Confession: The “deacon call list” has always caused me a bit of anxiety. You know, that list of church members a deacon calls during times of crisis or when the church is introducing new initiatives. I am perplexed by the anxiety. I’m a people person and I like to talk. Perhaps it is because the … Continue reading We need each other: The blessing of connections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Give New Orleans your prayers, not your pity

I don’t know exactly why USA Today’s article about New Orleans and the COVID-19 outbreak aggravated me so. You can read it for yourself here: “Death rate soars in New Orleans coronavirus 'disaster' that could define city for generations.” At first, I thought it was the tone. I read it again. The tone is serious … Continue reading Give New Orleans your prayers, not your pity