What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?
When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?
“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?
If you are a typical church, you do.
Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... Read More
International Women’s day!! Is here again...It’s all about celebrating girl power, women’s success and their profound longevity and accomplishments in various circumstances.
This year I realised that celebrating ‘womanity’ and being a woman encompasses more than applauding the put together business woman, the savvy Mum who manages to do her day job and still keep her family adrift, the ambitious woman leader and the women’s lib. I respect and applaud all the women that represent these institutions and these dynamics. However I feel that I should lend some credit to the other women;... Read More
Where to start, where to start, they’re are so many, I guess I’ll just forge ahead, and start right here.
AH, THE FRENCH:
Geez what a stench, why do they hate us so? Did we not help them against the ‘HUN’? And from NAZI tyranny didn’t we set them free? Never will I set a foot upon that soil, for Anti-American they all seem to be. They hate us so, but hey at least they love our LA MONEY. Come to gay Pairee, stay awhile and spend plenty on us, then we’ll kick you in the ass and put you on the bus. What a small nation they are, but in land, larger than the rest. They have given the... Read More
Since the issue of race has been raised with regard to Barack Obama I’ve been thinking more widely about the American obsession with ‘roots’ and labels of all kinds, in particular the label ‘African American.’ It’s one that Obama himself leans on, even though his mother was white.
I simply don’t understand the point of this; I simply don’t understand why the label American is not sufficient in itself. I know it was devised to escape terms like ‘negro’, to give black people an identity and heritage specific to themselves, just as white people were in the habit of describing themselves... Read More
Hey, why don't you people go back to Africa?
This question was posed to me one afternoon while walking home from school by a somewhat angry freckle faced teenager. The incident took place in Boston during the "forced busing" initiative of the 1970s. I never really gave the question much thought back then; I just added it to the list of insults I had become accustom to as a black boy growing up in one of the most racially charged environments on the East coast. But more than thirty years later, I still remember the angry teen and his simple question. Did he seriously believe that African... Read More
Bass Reeves: Forgotten Hero of the Old West
I grew up on a steady diet of weekly television westerns: The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, and The High Chaparral were some of my favorites. Things were either right or wrong; there was no middle ground. All could be made right with the world within an hour. But after watching hundreds of episodes, I can honestly count on one hand the number of black gun-totting heroes that appeared on the small screen. At the time, it didn't bother me because I didn't know that men like Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass... Read More
"Some think to call a terrorist a terrorist is too harsh; Jack the Ripper a criminal worthy of death too un-redemptive, and this letter to you lacking love. For the naive, when you have crossed their path they will be wiser, and I pray for their protection."
-- Ronnie W. Rogers,
Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, Oklahoma,
December 9, 2009
When I was a little boy in the days after my father left us, I did my best to follow my older brother wherever he went, at least in his pre-motorcycle days when all it took was tennis shoes and determined stalking. We lived... Read More
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