Pentecost needs power

We celebrate Pentecost Sunday, but it feels like we commemorate Pentecost Sunday. We are figuratively limping into this day, which should be a day of celebration and calling out to God for a fresh outpouring of his Spirit.

Coronavirus has limited the ability to gather as a church. Our church will still be online this week. Then, the crushing news of the past several weeks should burden us on this day:

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Silence isn’t an option

A couple of weeks ago I was able to interview Marlena Graves and Dennis Edwards after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery was exposed by a leaked video. It was a necessary conversation on race and racism and the reaction of the white believers.

Both of my guests are powerful communicators. Dennis has a piece posted on Christianity Today’s site concerning the latest upheaval in Minneapolis and the issues we really must deal with in this time.

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Call out racism

“The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.”
— Malcolm X: “Racism: the Cancer that is Destroying America,” in Egyptian Gazette (Aug. 25 1964).

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Why Colin Kaepernick was kneeling and why black lives matter

A black quarterback kneels during the national anthem. He states his reason. He is clear. And the political world erupts, making it about disrespect for the flag and not loving this country.

Protest marches erupt and there are chants of “Black Lives Matter” and the white world gets offended and shouts back “Blue lives matter!” or… worse… “All lives matter.”

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Grief and anger … another African American dead

Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.

Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Lament. Anger. Deep grief.

I was setting up my next interview/discussion on race this morning and the man I was messaging asked me if I saw what had JUST happened.

Next week… another interview/discussion on race and racism. Look for it.

But for now… in my lament… I want to draw your attention to the obvious on those three incidents that have happened to African Americans: police brutality and prosecutorial neglect.

When white folks ask what “systemic racism” means… this is what it is.

Lord… let us wake up.

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For the white American church… it’s time

“The white evangelical church has a long and lamentable history of silence when African Americans are under attack. Wouldn’t this be the right time to stand with the African American community and say these senseless killings have got to stop? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to expand your abortion views and resources to include the value of life AFTER birth?”

More… WAY more… is HERE.