To Christians On Primary Identity

How I define myself is a good indicator of what I'm worshiping. How do I define myself in those first few moments of the morning, right after the alarm and before the coffee? How do I think of myself during the day? How do I classify myself in opposition to the people I quarrel with... Continue Reading →


The Best Punch Is Knowing Who We Are

You will never have a meaningful, full-blooded response to the sin of racial hatred without a robust, widespread, unequivocal belief that human beings are universally made in the image of God. And in that regard, the fights against racism and against abortion are fights that call for the same punch. Our culture (the mood and... Continue Reading →

I Know Someone Who Can Kill Your Racism

I write as a Christian, here.  And the Christian has a unique calling in the face of things like Charlottesville, because the Christian has something that can truly dismantle these evils.    For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither... Continue Reading →

4 Thoughts On God and Race

The Holy Spirit spoke through His Word at Velocity Church in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill today.  Pastor Steve Staton expounded Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 to a gathered group of people who were probably 50/50 black/white.   And I wrote down a few thoughts. The Gospel of forgiveness for... Continue Reading →

Let Us Go First

   It's a Christian thing to listen.  It's a Christian thing to allow someone to give his perspective, finish his sentence, share his experience while not judging him or getting overly defensive.  It's the flesh that belittles and dismisses and refuses to ever give the person on the other side the benefit of the doubt.... Continue Reading →

Blood and Borders

   In the time of Abraham, God took a man who believed Him, and through that man made a people for Himself of lineage.  Abraham's children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as God's people in a cruel and crooked world.  God then took that family tree out of bondage in Egypt and planted it in... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds On a Man Named Rick Tyler

   A man named Rick Tyler is running for the United States Congress in Tennessee, and he decided to try and drum up name recognition by putting up a billboard that reads "Make America White Again."  I only really got nauseated when in a local television interview I heard him say that he was a Christian and... Continue Reading →


I put no confidence in my race. I put no confidence in my nationality. Though I was born the son of a minister of the Gospel and taught and trained in the ways of Jesus, I put no final confidence in my birth or my childhood or my rearing. I am thankful for all that... Continue Reading →

We Americans Are So…

It's very easy to look humble by "confessing" the sins of people in a group and tacking on the pronoun "us" or "we." As in "We Americans are so..." or "We in this generation/culture/ethnic group..." But that's not true humility. It's a soft cover that makes you look humble while really indicting others or spreading... Continue Reading →

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