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One Last Tribute to My Dad

It is often said that a father is the first man a daughter loves. She sees him as a pillar of strength, runs to him for protection when she is frightened and can almost always coax him to pamper her. It's the beloved joy of being a daddy's girl, and on Father's Day, dads get to bask in the abundance of this precious adoration. For me, many of my...Read more

The Brood X Cicada Craze and Lessons We Can Ascertain Regarding Time

I've been all-in for the cicada mania and invasion this summer. I'm not really a diehard bug person, but I have always been captivated by certain insects. I think praying mantises have a cool and creepy swagger, and I am soothed by the chirpings from the night swarm of crickets during the summer evenings when I visit my mother in Georgia. ...Read more

Painful History Lessons from the Tulsa Race Massacre

As the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre was observed from May 31 to June 1, I spent part of Memorial Day watching the PBS documentary: "Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten." Like many Americans, I am learning more about this gruesome Oklahoma tragedy. Many younger adults who are fans of the popular HBO horror drama "Lovecraft Country" ...Read more

Ending the School Year on a Blessed Note

The 2020-21 academic year is now in the books, and I am so grateful that I finished it successfully! After the chaos COVID-19 brought last spring, which forced colleges and universities to hastily cancel in-person classes, I began this school year pandemic-prepared and, as my mother likes to say, "pre-prayered." I have a roughly two-hour commute...Read more

An Encouraging Word for Pastors Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." -- Galatians 6:9

This Scripture came to mind as I was reading the latest research from the Barna Group, which found that 29% of U.S. Protestant pastors were thinking about leaving their ministries within the past year. The pandemic has dealt a devastating...Read more

Solidarity in the Fight Against Asian American Hate

Some very troubling data was released this month from the Stop AAPI Hate ("AAPI" referring to Asian American Pacific Islander) reporting center showing that from March 2020 to March 2021, 6,603 attacks targeting Asians occurred in the U.S. Resentment toward Asian Americans has been building throughout the pandemic; incendiary political rhetoric,...Read more

Justin Fields and God's Chicago Plan

If you're a diehard NFL fan, you know that the 2021 draft was filled with lots of quarterback drama. It was a given that former Clemson star Trevor Lawrence would be the No. 1 pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The intrigue unfolded with the San Francisco 49ers having the third selection. Much of the mock draft talk earlier this year projected ...Read more

Moving Toward Healing and Forgiveness in the Aftermath of George Floyd's Death and the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

"God knew how much we could bear. This is a turning point. Let's continue to correct everything that stands against love. That is true #justice." -- Reverend Bernice A. King

Reverend Bernice A. King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., posted this tweet shortly after the verdict was reached in the Derek Chauvin trial. In imploring ...Read more

Gallup Poll Data on Declining Church Attendance Among Young Adults Shows Need for Evangelism

At the end of March, a Gallup poll revealed that U.S. church membership has fallen below 50% for the first time since 1937. When Gallup began tracking church affiliation during the latter years of the Great Depression, which included those who attended synagogues and mosques, the percentages were in the low 70s and remained solid at this level ...Read more

A Deeper Examination of the Criticism of Sen. Raphael Warnock's Easter Tweet

During Easter weekend, U.S. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, D-Ga., received some heavy criticism for a tweet from his account that stated: "The meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves." The backlash was instant ...Read more

This Easter, Think About What You Are Thirsting After in Life

During Good Friday, many churches around the world have programs that commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus by featuring ministers who speak on His seven last words before He died on the cross. For my church's Good Friday observance, I am speaking on the fifth utterance of Christ, "I thirst," which is recorded in John 19:28. By this time, the ...Read more

E. J. Liddell, Take Comfort in God's Care. Your Future Is Bright!

"Honestly, what did I do to deserve this? I'm human."

This was a tweet from a stunned and perplexed E.J. Liddell that went viral after Ohio State's upset 72-75 loss to Oral Roberts University in the first round of the NCAA tournament, famously referred to by college basketball fans as March Madness. Liddell, the star power forward for the ...Read more

 

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