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As More Young People Resort to Violent Mass Shootings, Churches Must Improve Outreach to Troubled Youth

One of the many solemn videos I watched regarding the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting was posted on Facebook from gospel singer and social media influencer KD French. French was wiping away tears as she sang "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross." Normally, this hymn is sung in churches on Easter, but French, a young mother of two, was singing it...Read more

Buffalo Shooting Shows That Our Nation Is in a Spiritual Warfare

The devil is always busy. I used to hear this adage among the elders in my church when I was a little girl growing up in the South during the 1970s and '80s. I was too young to understand that the older folks were often speaking of an evil force behind the tragedies and misfortune that they were trying to shield me and other Black ...Read more

Use Your God-Given Talents to Make the World a Better Place

Commencement season is upon us as college graduates prepare to enter the "grown folks' world" full time. Some were already "adulting" by working their way through school and paying their own tuition. I was thinking about my college graduation last Sunday, since commencement ceremonies are often held on the "Lord's Day" at historically Black ...Read more

Reflections on National Prayer Day

May 5 was National Prayer Day, and judging by media headlines of this week and the end of April, humble supplications before God are sorely needed. The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade has ramped up the already bitter, partisan opposing sides of pro-life against pro-choice. The fight ...Read more

Saying Goodbye to 'Black-ish'

ABC's award-winning sitcom "Black-ish" recently ended an impressive eight-year run on primetime television. When it debuted back in 2014, the show quickly became America's No. 1 comedy, with a primary focus on the social, cultural and racial identity challenges of a well-off Black family living in plush Sherman Oaks, California. The Johnson clan...Read more

Remembering the Legacy of Jackie Robinson 75 Years after He Broke Baseball's Color Barrier

April 15 marked 75 years since Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball during the modern era, initially playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was 28 in 1947, considered old for a rookie in any professional sport, but when Robinson walked onto Ebbets Field he knew he belonged on the diamond. He wasn't going to let anyone ...Read more

Moving Forward From Easter, Churches Need to Regain Their Fire

If you're planning on attending Easter church services in person this weekend, the pews may not be as packed as they once were.

I watched a short news clip of a Palm Sunday service at a church in Columbus, Ohio, that recently reopened its doors after going online two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The modest number in attendance were ...Read more

A Palm Sunday Reflection: Jesus 'Understood the Assignment'

With Palm Sunday approaching, I've been reflecting on the popular social media catchphrase "I understood the assignment," which stemmed from a cool TikTok meme that went viral last year. The "assignment" hashtag had close to 250 million TikTok views in February, according to thelist.com. The daughter of my grad school roommate gave me a basic ...Read more

The Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act Has Been a Long Time Coming

I can only imagine the range of deep emotions that the Rev. Wheeler Parker felt as he watched President Joe Biden sign the anti-lynching bill named for his cousin, Emmett Till, into law March 29 during a ceremony at the White House.

Parker is the only living relative of Till's who was present when Till was kidnapped while they were visiting ...Read more

Appreciating the Academic Excellence of Student-Athletes

The brackets of all die-hard college hoops fans were busted in the first round of March Madness when No. 15 seed St. Peter's pulled a thrilling upset of basketball blueblood Kentucky, the No. 2 seed, in the East Region. The Peacocks instantly became the Cinderella darlings of the tournament as they pranced their way into the Sweet 16. While ...Read more

Some Words of Encouragement for Ohio State's Harry Miller

When former Ohio State center Harry Miller announced his retirement from football this month due to mental health struggles, I don't think this type of revelation was as alarming as it would have been, say, 15 years ago.

Miller is a member of Generation Z, young people born between 1997 and 2012. More research has come out on this age cohort ...Read more

Consecration Through Lent Season

Many Christians around the world are a little over a week into observing Lent this year. Some are taking time to fast, pray, and get closer to God for 40 days, ending on April 14. As most people know, the 40 days represent the number of days Jesus fasted in the wilderness, which is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The biblical ...Read more

Ketanji Brown Jackson's Journey of Faith and Service

"I must begin these very brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure, and I do know that one can only come this far by faith." -- Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court nominee

As I listened to the opening statement of Ketanji Brown Jackson after accepting ...Read more

 

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