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Why Social Media Consciousness is Okay The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old of Ferguson, Missouri, shot by a cop under some questionable circumstances is but the most recent event that quickly gained national attention.  Brown’s death came only a day after cops in Beavercreek, Ohio outside of Dayton shot an unarmed … Continue reading

“Sunday Best” Fails to Show the ‘Best’ In the Judges
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“Sunday Best” Fails to Show the ‘Best’ In the Judges

Kierra Sheard, the newest judge on BET’s “Sunday Best” which debuted last night famously quipped “Where is the oil?” I ask that question to two of the judges: Donnie McClurkin and Kim Burrell. Now let me help out of some of my non-Pentecostal friends and give some context to the question “Where is the oil?” … Continue reading

Jamal Bryant and the Continued Foolishness of Preaching
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Jamal Bryant and the Continued Foolishness of Preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  1 Corinthians 1:21, KJV If one does a quick search of the name Jamal Bryant on my blog, they will quickly discover that from my seminary forward … Continue reading

The Making of a Theocracy: Government Funding and the Crisis of Compassion
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The Making of a Theocracy: Government Funding and the Crisis of Compassion

This week, in the wake of a federal government shut down, a Congress with an approval rating uniformly in single digits, the GOP party with historical low approval numbers is still failing to see just how the uber-right wing arm of the party (namely the Tea Party faction) is concretizing their place on the wrong … Continue reading

Kanye West, Hip-Hop’s Confederate Coon
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Kanye West, Hip-Hop’s Confederate Coon

Kanye West has slid down a slope of ingratiating insanity that I’ve pinpointed has been since his mother died.  The Kayne that I grew to love that produced the higher learning albums of “College Dropout,” “Late Registration,” and “Graduation” had morphed into this abstract aesthetic by the time “808s & Heartbreak” that left many of us … Continue reading

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Tell Them About the Dream

Editor’s Note:  Below is an excerpt from the sermon I preached this past Sunday, August 25, 2013 as the country celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The scripture text was Acts 2:17 through 21 as follows: In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will … Continue reading

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Superman and the Need for an American Savior

Maybe I’m more churchy than I thought, but the christological references in the blockbuster “Man of Steel” was so overwhelming is pushed the movie from epic to cheesy.  This was not “The Dark Knight” which in my opinion still outranks this latest genre of Hollywood revisiting the comic classics for the sake of getting me … Continue reading