So I learned a hard lesson when I preached in front of my peers the other week: Not everyone can handle what you say across from the pulpit. From being accused of plagiarism (yes, again) to being accused of not remaining biblically accurate, I got the whole gamut of concerns surrounding my sermon. In a […]Read more "Prophetic Tradition Versus Priestly Tradition"
I actually got a tweet about this mess when it happened. Two weeks ago while the historically black Pentecostal denomination of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) held their annual 102nd Holy Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee, apparently Donnie McClurkin, the gospel recording artist and ordained elder in the COGIC church took the microphone on […]Read more "Hurt People, Hurt People: The Homophobic Prophesying Rant of Donnie McClurkin"
There are only two movies in my lifetime that I ever cried on–or rather allowed myself to cry on. The reuniting scene of Celie and Nettie in “The Color Purple” was the first one at age ten when I snuck and finished watching the movie and was careful to keep my back turned so my […]Read more "Oh How ‘Precious’"
As I was writing the first post, I thought about the fact that there really is a segment of Christianity in this country that truly feels that politics and religion don’t mix. That is to say, that all they need to do is preach Jesus, and him crucified, dead, buried and resurrected and all will […]Read more "Which Comes First: Religion or Citizenship, Pt. II"
This is for those who don’t seem to get it: CHRISTOPHER MAURICE BROWN, AKA CHRIS BROWN WAS WRONG AND SHOULD NOT HAVE HIT ROBYN RIHANNA FENTY, AKA RIHANNA. NO EXCUSES, NO EXPLANATIONS! That being said, here goes. As our respective Twitter followers discovered last Friday night, me and Thembi of What Would Thembi Do? got […]Read more "An Uppity Perspective: The 20/20 Rihanna Interview And Why Some Black Women Need To…"
It’s kind of like the Civil War where brothers fought across the Mason-Dixon line. I don’t want to stain my faith. I don’t want to stain my fellow Muslims and I don’t want to stain my country’s flag.” — Ardi Arkun, 32, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., who joined the Marines in 2000 and was deployed to […]Read more "Which Comes First: Religion or Citizenship?"
Fellow clergypersons, So it just hit me randomly this year that we, as self-professed American Christians really do worship the religion of Americanity rather than being true Followers of the Way. That is to say, we’ll follow what American capitalism says, dress it up in Christianity and the Bible and be okay with that. Here’s […]Read more "Spiritualizing the Secular: An Open Letter to the Clergy of America"