June 22, 2020
The concept of doing the “next right thing” is so genius, because the small decisions we make in our hours and days ultimately shape our lives. Even though we can’t see it in those small moments. In the marathon journey of living as a Christian striving to participate in the racial reconciliation of Jesus, small steps matter. They keep us going and they keep our hearts engaged. Sometimes these steps are visible, sometimes they are matters of the heart. I wanted to talk about three of my small next-right-things from this Spring: three small steps that helped me stay purposeful in pursuing the goal. I hope they’ll encourage you in what you are already doing or hope to do.
February 12, 2021 is the 121st anniversary of the first performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a poem and hymn that has become known as the Black National Anthem. I didn’t know about this song, let alone its position as an anthem, until this year. I keep having moments like this when it comes …
This year I’m striving to help my kids (and myself) make the connection between MLK’s faith and his fight for justice. Not only was he an activist, fighting to overturn overtly racist laws, but he was also a passionate minister of the gospel. He pleaded with leaders of white churches not to be silent about Black peoples’ plight and to courageously stand in solidarity. His faith framed not only his protests but also his non-violent methods of protests. And he remained faithful to proclaiming the truth of God and the dignity of humanity to the very end.