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Time's Up!

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God revealed something to me last Thanksgiving that is resurfacing now. Amidst the turmoil of ongoing injustices against black bodies the expected miscarriage of justice regarding Breonna Taylor's murder (is there even justice for the dead?)this insidious drama with Tory Lanez, the man who shot Megan Thee Stallion the reality that we are entering the 7-month of quasi-quarantining and the future is yet uncertainand the personal strife many of us are dealing with that is exacerbated by political and social discordI found myself coming back to what God spoke to me last year:"Time's Up!"I don't have anything profound to say in this post beyondTime's up for expecting people and systems to be anything other that what they are--what they've been. Time's up for expecting forced accountability to save *us.Time's up for holding folks who don't hold us back.Time's up for investing in people and institutions where the ROI is limited or non-existent.Ti…

Let The River Run Dry

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i wish somebody woulda told me that some soul mates wouldn't stay forever i wish
i'd have known that letting go was welcoming better parts of ourselves
i wish  i didn't fall so hard i didn't scream so soft  i didn't bottle up tears drowning in them
complaining bout keeping my head above oceans I could've let  spill into streams
sinking in memories  that could've been dreams 
i wish  i'd have known  that some soul mates wouldn't stay forever 
that the river only runs as long as the rain falls
that forever is fantasy or fallacy or fear  bottled up as fate 
and here we are fighting for forever when the sun is saying let the river run dry



Life As A Swing: How Theatre Prepped Me For Ministry In A Pandemic

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In most theatrical productions--particularly large format musicals--the cast consists ofleads--those who are featured the most in a showensemble members--those who support the show tremendously, providing vocals, wonderful dancing, and often, facilitating set changesunderstudies-- those who are the next in line for lead roles should the performer call out sick or have an important engagement that forces them to miss a show. Usually, understudies are also in the ensemble, so they learn their ensemble track and the lead rolestandbys--those who understudy a very prominent role in the show that's usually the lead or a major supporting character. Many times, the standbys are not in the ensemble. They just cover that one lead track and are to be at the theatre during the entire show or within 15-30 minutes of the theatre should they need to go on at a moment's noticeAnd finally, the swings
No. No, I didn't say swingers😎 ... though, I mean, nothing's wrong with that. To each …

Foolish Foundations

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Scripture: Matthew 7:15-29
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' Name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
These lyrics, penned by the English hymnist and Baptist minister Edward Mote, in 1834 capture a rugged spirituality born at the crossroads of great industrial advancement and civil upheaval. 1834. This is the year when new inventions are being patented every week while anti-abolitionist riots are breaking out in New York City—
The year that slavery is abolished in the British Empire while the Ursuline Convent in Massachusetts is burned to the ground by an anti-Catholic extremist group in the name of Jesus. On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand,
Mote writes. I imagine him standing at the intersection of prophetic hope and indescribable despair with a pen and paper in his hands, trying to hold onto a …

Let There Be...

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Scripture: Genesis 1:1-10, Luke 1:38 (Sermon delivered on March 29, 2020)

"Are You Leaving Us?"

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Within Methodist ecclesiology, there are bishops that appoint ministers to serve congregations. Methodist denominations--such as the United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, among others--operate under some version of this ecclesiological practice. I won't bore you with all the details. Additionally, I am not Methodist and have never been a part of that way of doing church so my experiential knowledge is limited. Much of my experience has been in the churches that practice some version of congregational polity and ecclesiology in which the local church decides who their minister(s) will be.

Within that system, the ministers, themselves, have greater agency--agency in the decision to apply, be interviewed and, if offered a position, say "yes" or "no." The congregations have agency as well. In most cases, ministers are at-will employees of a church, meaning there are no end dates in one's contr…