Juneteenth and the Parable of the Sower

Yesterday was Juneteenth. I will confess that I did not fully understand why that was on my calendar and what it signified until I researched it. And that embarrasses me to admit. It commemorates the end of slavery in the US. On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, TX and … Continue reading Juneteenth and the Parable of the Sower

How Long, Oh God – A Lament

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget [us] forever?    How long will you hide your face from [us]?2 How long must [we] bear pain in [our] soul,    and have sorrow in [our] heart all day long?How long shall [our] enemy be exalted over [us]?3 Consider and answer [us], O Lord [our] God!    Give light to [our] eyes, or [we] will sleep the sleep of … Continue reading How Long, Oh God – A Lament

Staying Connected in the Midst of Isolation

When I think back to last week it seems like eons ago. We have faced unprecedented change in one week's time.  The amount of decisions and the speed at which they have come at me has been mind boggling.  I imagine each of you feel the same.  As a pastor, one of the things that … Continue reading Staying Connected in the Midst of Isolation

A Little Mercy, A Little Justice, and a Little Unmerited Grace

Yesterday afternoon I was reflecting about Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the day which honors him with a national holiday.   Simultaneously some friends and I went to see the movie Just Mercy about Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard trained lawyer who comes to Alabama to assist inmates on death row get a fair … Continue reading A Little Mercy, A Little Justice, and a Little Unmerited Grace