Two days before Michael Brown was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, MO, I was watching old media footage surrounding the 1955 murder of Emmitt Till. I was struck by the grace and poise of Emmitt’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley. She insisted Emmitt’s funeral—attended by tens of thousands of mourners—be open-casket. She invited the […]Read More A Prayer for the Mothers
“This morning new evidence has turned up in the case of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin…” New video footage. New recordings of 911 phone calls. New eyewitness accounts. And so again, we Americans get caught up in a news story about a tragedy, a violent death. If history repeats itself, we will spend […]Read More Will We Listen to Trayvon?
Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1961, thirteen Americans—7 black, 6 white—departed Washington, D.C., on Greyhound and Trailways buses with the intent of challenging Jim Crow travel laws in the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders. Eventually 450 different people—75% of them under the age of 30—would take part in the months-long journey. Their final […]Read More Don’t Miss ‘Freedom Riders’ Tonight
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him…” (Philippians 1:29) “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:41) I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember the […]Read More It Has Been Granted to You to Suffer
Clarity of purpose. That’s what I sometimes lack. When I find myself discouraged, depressed, disheartened, or merely disinterested, it’s usually because I’ve forgotten my purpose. Lack of purpose is what drew me to the Lord in the first place. Before I knew Christ, my heart ached from the unanswered question, What’s the point? The point, […]Read More On the Way To Jerusalem
. Most of you probably know at least a little about “The Trail of Tears”: The forced relocation of several Native tribes from their homelands to the Western U.S. in the mid-19th century. I wanted to share two resources I discovered that really bring to life the story of the relocation of the Cherokee tribes […]Read More The Trail Of Tears
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The woman who loves her life will lose it, while the woman who hates her life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”—John […]Read More But I Don’t Wanna Die!