America’s Original Sin

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Last week I ran across a humorous article—“Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 240 Million Undocumented Whites”—and posted it on my Facebook page. People have appreciated its perspective and have shared it as well. I continue to think about it. Jim Wallis has called racism America’s original sin: “The United States of America was established […]

On Loving Our Enemies

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 Reflection The first time I traveled to Cuba was about six weeks after September 11, 2001. The events of that fateful day were still very fresh in our hearts and minds, and our nerves were still quite raw. We were just beginning to figure out what it means to live in […]

Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

From the April 8, 1965 issue of Jet Magazine

I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French Quarter. It […]

I Can’t Live Without Hope

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Yesterday Anthony Smith, who blogs at, published a guest post on Tony Jones’ blog reflecting on Ferguson. Building on a notion from Jacques Derrida, he wondered if racial justice in America is a possibility—only a possibility that will never be realized. This is too depressing for me. I’m too much of a classical liberal […]

Thinking about Ferguson

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The grand jury decision on Monday to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown has been hard for me to process. Since this blog is a place for me to think out loud, here’s a bit of what I’m thinking and feeling. I’ve never had a job that authorizes […]