Politics, Moderate



Happy Birthday to My Pastor Who Is Not Slowing Down at 71

When it comes to celebrating birthdays, one fun fact about my pastor, Overseer Sandra D. Carter, is that hers is a month-long festivity. She turned 71 on July 11, and our church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries in Columbus, OH, had a steak and seafood dinner in her honor, dressing up in our Sunday best. Although she is designated as a ...Read more

Spelling Bee Champ Zaila Avant-garde is a Tremendous Role Model for All Children

Murraya, the prize-winning word spelled by 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde, is still a top Google search a week after the Harvey, Louisiana, native became the first African American to win this esteemed Washington, D.C. area competition. Zaila is also being hailed as the "real life Akeelah," a shoutout from actress ...Read more

College Athletes Will Need Prudent Counsel in the Name, Image and Likeness Era

July began with a colossal boom for college athletes who are now allowed to profit off their name, image and likeness. NIL is a massive game changer that has crushed the amateurism model of the NCAA, as we will now see athletes from our favorite colleges and universities pushing brands and products on their Instagram, Twitter and TikTok ...Read more

A 2021 Reflection on Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

"The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."

The fiery abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass spoke ...Read more

Juneteenth Need Not Be a Racially Divisive Holiday if History Is Taught Properly

When President Joe Biden signed legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday this month, I immediately reflected on November 3, 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I was a high school freshman when MLK Day went into effect, and I remember being in awe that we would finally have a ...Read more

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



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