It’s Time for Truth and Reconciliation

For several years I have been thinking and talking about race reconciliation in the United States. It was a series of youth mission trips at Fourth Presbyterian Church that set me on this path. When Kurt Esslinger and I led a trip to New Orleans in 2008, our prep work and on-the-ground … Read more about It’s Time for Truth and Reconciliation

Guest Post: What to an African American is the Fourth of July?

I woke up this morning to discover that the gun violence in Chicago was severe enough over the holiday weekend to make the national news. Later in the day my good friend and ministry partner Ronnie Matthew Harris sent me this piece he wrote yesterday. His is an important voice to hear in these days … Read more about Guest Post: What to an African American is the Fourth of July?

America’s Original Sin

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 … Read more about America’s Original Sin

Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

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 … Read more about Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

I Can’t Live Without Hope

Yesterday Anthony Smith, who blogs at postmodernnegro.com, 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 … Read more about I Can’t Live Without Hope