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

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

Two Things That Make Ministry Hard

The three words I have often uttered to describe where I am in my ministerial career: "ministry is hard". Lately, I'm coming to learn that these words may actually be "full of it". While it is true, for me at least, the ministry was not a career move. I never chose ministry: ministry chose me. … Continue reading Two Things That Make Ministry Hard

True Colors

Last month, I shared a sermon series about generosity; and as I was preparing for the last sermon, something in the scripture hit me hard in my chest. In 2 Corinthians 8, The Apostle Paul was describing the generosity of the churches in Macedonia. There was a great need and the apostles were receiving relief … Continue reading True Colors

Beneath Our Deepest Fears

It's been said that dreams reveal our subconscious: all the stuff we don't realize we're thinking. As a kid (and a few times as an adult) I would experience the terror of a recurring theme in my dreams. Something would happen and I would try to speak, only to realize nothing was coming out. I … Continue reading Beneath Our Deepest Fears

Purpose Creates Passion

I'm not one to believe that this world is the product of chance. You and I are not accidents, but we are the product of divine purpose, because anything created has a reason for its existence. Simply put, purpose is the reason for which something was created or done, and even though we can't always … Continue reading Purpose Creates Passion

Thriller: An Argument Of Success

At over 32 million units sold, Michael Jackson's Thriller is by far the most successful recording in history. I just want that to sink in; after 35 years, no other record has sold more than this instant classic. It is the epitome of recorded music success, but at what point do we determine that it … Continue reading Thriller: An Argument Of Success

Not The Same

There is an age-old debate circulating the making of sandwiches, tuna, and potato salads. Mayo or Miracle Whip? While superficially, these two dressings look alike, use most of the same ingredients and operate with the same functions, there are distinct differences between the two. Mayo is typically heavier, and more tangy, and whipped dressings are … Continue reading Not The Same

Behind The Scenes

TV. Movies. Advertisements. Shoot ... even Facebook and Instagram. In order for the public to see any finished product, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes. Beyonce has had a team working behind the scenes since she was 10 years old, maybe even before that. There have been people on here team, who … Continue reading Behind The Scenes

Why Is It So Wrong Just To Feel?

There is a statement going around, that honestly makes me cringe just about every time I hear it. "They're in their feelings." It's not so much the words that are spoken, it is usually the tone in which they are spoken. It usually sounds condescending, almost like mockery. It's the tone you would use to … Continue reading Why Is It So Wrong Just To Feel?