There are thousands of horror stories about "church people" and I have heard 'em all. Visitors being asked to move from a member's seat? Heard it. Deacon sleeping with the pastor's wife? Heard it. Drug boys flipping money from the offering plate? Heard it. Abusing innocent children? Pastor high on crack in the pulpit? Tithes… Continue reading Don’t Go! Those Hypocrites Need You
You remember it. "Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me." As I grew older I realized that this little saying was not true. Names, and the words we utter from our lips, can certainly hurt. Many people have suffered emotional harm from being called names. Beyond the emotional wounds,… Continue reading Sticks, Stones, and Names Can Kill You
(l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), James Harkness (Paul Williams), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Photo by Carole Litwin/Berkeley Repertory Theatre On a brisk Tuesday night in New York City,… Continue reading Ain’t Too Proud
And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. - Ruth 1:14 A big part of knowing who you are is know who you ARE NOT. Recently on Honey and Onion we talked about knowing your limitations. As always, I go to the Bible for guidance and… Continue reading Too Much Orpah to be Oprah
There is a difference between being "cracked" and broken to pieces. A cracked vase can still hold a candle and shine light. A vase that is broken to pieces needs to either be fixed or thrown away. The more broken pieces the less useful the vase becomes. We are empty vases that are filled with the… Continue reading 7 Steps to Start Healing
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. This is the day that we begin to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter Sunday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Lent is 40 days of sacrifice modeled after the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert… Continue reading How Do I Do Lent?
I really enjoy a good story. Of course, living a Shine TYC life means I see everything through the lens of my faith -- a Christian World view doesn't idolize or demonize anything in God's creation but understands there is a way to use it all for God's glory. So, that brings me to my… Continue reading What I learned from Alita: Battle Angel
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most quoted love poems ever. Most importantly it reminds us that love never fails. I know. I know. Right now you are thinking about that person you loved dearly and it all fell apart. You're thinking about the pain of your failed marriage. Love never fails. However, relationships… Continue reading Love Never Fails. Relationships Do.
While some of us sing, "What a friend we have in Jesus" others may be thinking, "Well I don't really know Jesus like that, but my friend does." Is Jesus your friend? Or is He a friend of a friend? I briefly met Michael Jordan back in the day. I knew a lot about him… Continue reading Friend of a Friend
While most of my twitter timeline is outraged about the Oscar Noms, there were a few good opposing arguments that I had to agree with. Awards are based on merit and performance. That's true. But when a merit (or penal) system is so glaringly disproportionate, the system is clearly broken. Consequently, we need to take a look at our intuitive human biases on an individual level to make systemic change.