The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Hey Jesus-followers. Don’t call yourself pro-life if you’re not crying out for justice right now.   My heart is grieving for the family of Ahmaud Arbery. 25-years old. Jogging down a street in a free country. Gunned down in broad daylight. I hear my brothers and sisters of color describing their fear and rage and confusionContinue reading “The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery”

When should churches open their doors?

The country looks like it is about to open up. What does this mean for churches?  Here are some of my questions. Are we clear about what “church” is? (Hint: It’s not a Christian concert plus a TED talk.) If we were starting from scratch, what would we do? What is essential? What is fluff? WhatContinue reading “When should churches open their doors?”

7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday

Everybody observes holidays. You will not find a people anywhere who do not have unique days of celebration and remembrance. We got this tendency from our Maker. It is significant to note that the living God instituted seven holidays (holy days). These are called “the feasts of the Lord.” This phrase makes it clear thatContinue reading “7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday”

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

  On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. produced one of the great pieces of literature composed on U.S. soil. Locked up in Birmingham jail, with nothing but a pen and the margins of a local newspaper, Dr. King proceeded to respond to the supposed call to unity from Christian ministers, calling for anContinue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”

Why Bother Fasting?

Why should I consider ignoring a growling stomach, bypassing entertainment, and denying myself of the legitimate need of nourishment? Because the discipline of fasting can do what nothing else will do in your life. Simply defined, fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food for higher purposes. It is a potent way to forego lower pleasuresContinue reading “Why Bother Fasting?”

It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer is coming to town and Gainesville is nervous. Every time I hear the story of our nation’s racial past I struggle with understanding how so many people could stand by and do so little. Until I watch how deeply we struggle acknowledging our racial present. We have a problem, and it won’t evaporateContinue reading “It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer”