On Black and White Economic Discrepancies

Divided By Faith (sepia w: gold border)As we all continue to try to make sense of the racially polarized conversation that is developing in our culture, I am finding my reading of Emerson and Smith’s Divided By Faith to be helpful.  In particular, I found the excerpt below to be particularly telling in terms of what we consider to be just in terms of economic opportunities.

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On Black and White Marriage

Divided By Faith (sepia w: cream border)In light of the recent events in Ferguson Missouri and in light of the death of Eric Garner, I have decided to re-visit an insightful book I discovered nearly a decade ago.  In the passage cited below, Emerson and Smith provide an interesting look into our racialized society through the lens of marriage statistics.

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Books That Made a Notable Impression in 2014

Bookshelf (sepia)By nature, top ten lists are as personal and as arbitrary as they are peculiar and contextual.  One individual’s “great read” is another person’s doorstop, and vice versa.  What’s more, why limit a list of great books to ten?  Why not eleven?  Or even twelve?

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Prayers for Lent

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Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to the riches of his mercy has preserved in his church at least this sacrament (of baptism), untouched and untrained by human ordinances, and . . .has not permitted it to be oppressed by filthy, godless monsters of greed and superstition. Martin Luther

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Music for Lent (Day #15)

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I found a new (for me) band called The Brilliance. Their EP is available at iTunes, and I have it in the rotation of music I have been listening to for Lent. It is haunting, lamenting and worshipful; it’s great stuff. This piece below was written particularly for Ash Wednesday, and so it fits well with Lent.

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Music for Lent (Day #13)

20140317-090123.jpgContinuing the observance of the Lenten season’s focus upon penitence, I thought another song was in order. Given the state of the American church that smells more like the supple leather of a BMW (or pig dung) than the ashes of those who mourn, it seemed we needed to hear from a prophet and saint, Keith Green.

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Lenten Prayers

20140307-094030.jpgWhether it is Lent, or any other part of the Church calendar, Christians have used prepared prayers as an aid in prayer.   Today, and in the coming days, I will post a prayer that I, and hosts of other among people of God, have prayed.  But, first a very quick word about prepared prayers. Continue reading

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