Johnson vs The Church: 5 Things About Church Respectability Politics

Last week the black church world was in yet another uproar due to Facebook Live. In this installment, infamous gospel, Leandria Johnson goes on a smoke filled rant that included some content worthy of a Parental Advisement sticker. She goes in on the ecclesiastical establishment about hypocrisy, elitism, and the damage it causes people; punctuating … Continue reading Johnson vs The Church: 5 Things About Church Respectability Politics

Us VS Them

The pervasive concept of "us vs. them" is the basis of racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and in the words of Pastor Shirley Caesar, YOU NAME IT! While it can be fun to participate in simple sports rivalries, or debate who's greek organization is the best, the hurtful nature of exclusivity does far more damage … Continue reading Us VS Them

Passion & Purpose

I haven't completely figured out the official cutoffs, but it's generally accepted that I am a late Generation X'er. There are many things that differentiate us from other generations but I believe one of the greatest differences is that we are a passion driven generation. Before us, the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generations were … Continue reading Passion & Purpose

Social Media Maturity

I work with elementary school kids, first through fourth grade. At these ages kids aren't just learning their ABC's and 123's, but they are also learning social behaviors and how exist outside of the world that they know: which is home. Their immaturity is evident in their behavior, which is routinely excused with these words: … Continue reading Social Media Maturity

The Art of Moving On

It's been said, time and again, that everything that has a beginning has an end; yet we tend to always be surprised when relationships end. Excluding death, people will end relationships for any variety of reasons. Some legitimate, others ... not so much. As an introvert, I tend to be somewhat of a loner, but … Continue reading The Art of Moving On

A Misunderstanding of Greatness

I have been watching a new show entitled, Designated Survivor. The premise is as follows: the federal government designates someone from the president's cabinet to sit out from the state of the union, in an undisclosed location, on the chance of a catastrophe  wiping out the line of presidential succession. This person is the designated survivor, … Continue reading A Misunderstanding of Greatness

Next Lifetime

https://youtu.be/H30lTFmW8a4?t=8s   Have you ever heard the saying "too heavenly minded, that you're no earthly good"? Well clichés are cliches for a reason, because this is a true statement. One of the greatest criticisms of the Christian faith is our preoccupation with heaven and what happens after we die. This fascination is particularly prevalent in … Continue reading Next Lifetime

Mama Said Knock You Out

https://youtu.be/vimZj8HW0Kg I've heard it seen at time and time again. A parent will get down on their knee and look their small child in the eyes and say something to the effect of, "I ain't raising no punk. Now, don't you start a fight, but you better not let them run over you."   Growing … Continue reading Mama Said Knock You Out

Passin’ Me By

https://youtu.be/QjsPG0Kspxo   I can remember as a kid in middle school, we would have the book fair. One of my favorite books to buy would be from the Where's Waldo series.  These books contained illustrations of the main character, a tall guy with a glaring red and white striped sweater, and large round specs, in … Continue reading Passin’ Me By

One Sweet Day

https://youtu.be/UXxRyNvTPr8   One of the biggest criticisms of Christian faith, especially among the African-American community is the "pie in the sky," "sweet by-and-by" concept of heaven and eternal life. It's argued that white slave masters taught black slaves this principle of Christendom in order to control the slave population; as to say, "if you obey … Continue reading One Sweet Day