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I am my brother's and sister's keeper

It has been quite troubling during the past two weeks as we have continuously watched news updates on the deadly effects of the coronavirus outbreak here in the U.S. and worldwide. Seeing deaths increase and anxiety mount for those most vulnerable to COVID-19, the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions, is taking a distressing ...Read more

2020 is now in crisis mode, but don't lose faith

As COVID-19 has put our nation on lockdown and rapidly ushered abrupt change into our normal daily routines, I was thinking about how different the world was just three months ago. The holiday season was in full swing as we celebrated Christmas with loved ones. When we wrapped up our New Year's festivities, we had no idea that we were on the ...Read more

'Working Not to Work'

During my early years of teaching, my students often found it humorous when I told them that I worked around the clock. I didn't even take a break during spring break. I had piles of papers to grade, which were quite time-consuming, but that's what I signed up for as an English professor. There was a problem, however, because work was ...Read more

Black history is American history

I ended my Black History Month celebration in February by taking a trip to visit Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum with some of the Ohio State University at Lima's students, faculty and staff. Having seen the film "Harriet" last year, which told the story of a young Harriet Tubman as a valiant Underground Railroad ...Read more

My church is going to continue to pray for Trump

At the conclusion of my Tuesday night Bible study this week, my pastor asked us to join hands and form a circle to pray. Many of the usual requests expressed in church prayer were addressed, such as grace and protection for family and friends, and complete healing of illnesses. We are currently studying the seven distinct Spirits of God ...Read more

Iron Sharpens Iron: Fighting Against Boys' Mental Health Stigma

When Ohio State freshman point guard D.J. Carton announced at the end of January that he would be taking time away from basketball to work on his mental health, many fans in Buckeye Nation were shocked. Carton was having a good season, averaging 10.4 points a game, and he was establishing himself as a team leader. Buckeyes basketball has been ...Read more

Knowing what love is through God

While musing on Valentine's Day this week, I began to reminisce about the 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" by the British-American rock band Foreigner. This song caught my attention as a teenager due to Foreigner's collaboration with the New Jersey Mass Choir. I loved gospel choirs growing up in church in the '80s, and "I Want to Know What...Read more

Giving God glory at the Super Bowl

Leading up to Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, I was trying to make up my mind about which team I would root for. During the NFL playoffs, I had been pulling hard for the New Orleans Saints, whom Ohio State fans also claim as the Bayou Buckeyes due to the five former OSU players currently on the roster. ...Read more

Life is like a vapor: Make the most of it like Kobe

When I saw updates on my phone about the tragic helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven other passengers last Sunday, like many, I did not believe the news at first. I waited until the major media outlets began breaking the story and then came to grips with what seemed so ...Read more

Just mercy in the face of injustice

"Just Mercy" is one of those historical films that revisit the crushing heartache of a tragic story anchored in Southern racism. Its harrowing storyline begins in 1987 in Montgomery, Alabama, where Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), a black logger, was put on death row for a murder he did not commit. Consider for a moment that this was ...Read more

King would have a prophetic message for today's Church

My reflection on the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year is a little more earnest since we are getting closer to commemoration services in the future where he would not have been alive. King would have been 91 on Jan. 15, and if he were addressing the nation, I can imagine him preaching a message somewhat like this in his ...Read more

A Hair Day Is a Good Day

"Black-ish" kicked off its first 2020 episode highlighting a familiar struggle that connects African American women from all generations: the hair dilemma. Black hair has always been a controversial topic of cultural examination. The physical features of African American women -- their myriad shades of melanin and coiled tresses -- have not ...Read more

No resolutions, just a 2020 vision and asking God for guidance

As I prepared for New Year's Eve service with 2019 drawing to a close, I began to think about the spiritual declaration of 2020 being a year of vision in churches across the country. I am energized and pumped about having a vision, as I've never really been into New Year's resolutions, except for recommitments to a regular exercise regimen. A ...Read more

 

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