I am a Christian, but as I continue on my faith journey I'm learning to appreciate other expressions of spirituality and disciplines of the mind, body, and soul. Spirituality is an essential aspect of human life that helps us connect with something greater than ourselves, find meaning and purpose, and navigate through the challenges of … Continue reading On practicing healthy spirituality… Ten practical ways to cultivate your spiritual life.
Mighty Morphing Message! A review of ‘The Grace Morph’ by Tim Estes.
I’m a little over halfway through my copy of Pastor Tim Estes’s inaugural book The Grace Morph, and I find every page compellingly helpful and easy to read. Although some readers may cringe at the overabundance of exclamation points, I believe this speaks to the passion with which Tim writes about a subject he is … Continue reading Mighty Morphing Message! A review of ‘The Grace Morph’ by Tim Estes.
With Fire and Ferocity (The Dream Personified)
Clothed with fire and ferocityHidden but to a fewI was there to seeA lone Black man stand and speak of me An unpaid debtAn uncashed checkUnrequited faithAnd unrelenting death YetHe spoke of me To those that looked like himAs this nation continued to sinAnd still to this dayin systemic and institutional waysbetrayed I remain But on … Continue reading With Fire and Ferocity (The Dream Personified)
How good do I have to be to get into Heaven?
The Holidays in my family often offer opportunities for conversations about topics other families probably are wise to avoid. It has been a year since our dad passed away, and now me and my siblings are all adults, with me (the youngest) turning 52 this year. My two older brothers, my sister, and my nieces … Continue reading How good do I have to be to get into Heaven?
Ten reasons why living in shame will derail your life.
I grew up in the American South, which has a culture that is based in honor and shame. This simply means that the culture is informed by the judgments of the family, the church, and other institutions that provide guidance for individual behavior. In many ways this can prove harmful to individuals who are outliers … Continue reading Ten reasons why living in shame will derail your life.
Effective communication in virtual environments.
With the arrival of the Pandemic in 2020, communication settings were forever changed. Most of communication moved online and into virtual environments, forcing communicators to confront the challenges of an environment mediated by technology. This got me to thinking about what communication skills are important in a virtual environment, because even as the Pandemic eases, … Continue reading Effective communication in virtual environments.
2023. Ready or not here we go!
As we welcome in the new year, it's a time for reflection and looking ahead to the future. It's a time to set goals and make resolutions, to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. And as we embrace new opportunities that come our way, here are ten rules to keep … Continue reading 2023. Ready or not here we go!
Gentleness is listed among the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians chapter nine, where the Apostle Paul contrast these growing fruits with the cultivated works of the flesh. Over the years, I’ve continued to contemplate the Apostle’s inspiration in differentiating between works and growth, those characteristics produced in us by willful intention and the other … Continue reading For Talmadge…
The distance between “was” and “is”
There is a vast difference between “was” and “is.” A Grand Canyon stands between them, but few notice it, except those of us who are currently crossing the divide. Sometimes we speak of the dead as “was” forgetting that their stories remain present with us. For example, my father is alive in my heart and … Continue reading The distance between “was” and “is”
When Trump runs again. A hymn of lament and resolve.
When Trump runs again The truth will still not be his friend MAGA’s will rejoice Election deniers with amplified voice and vitriol Will once again answer Trump’s beck and call Divisions will widen and the poor will bear the brunt Of the masquerading white nationalist front When Trump runs again When Trump runs again What … Continue reading When Trump runs again. A hymn of lament and resolve.
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