What do you know about “Lift Every Voice and Sing?”

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 …

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Faith With Our Kids + Resource Lists

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.

Praying in Tension This Thanksgiving

This post is about the unique Thanksgiving season we have been given in 2020. It’s a post about wrestling with the tension of giving thanks during worldwide calamity. It’s about giving thanks on a holiday whose history can’t be disconnected from racism and violence. These tensions are not insurmountable; praying through them has been transformational for me this week. In this post I’ve written two different prayers of thanksgiving that I hope might minister to you. If you find both gratefulness and pain in your heart this holiday season, let them exist together and draw you nearer to the one who is King over them all.

Reframing Thanksgiving: helping young kids honor the Indigenous narrative

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from researching the history of Thanksgiving, it’s that more misconceptions abound than I realized. These misconceptions and oversimplifications (usually) taught in childhood are frequently left unchecked as children grow into adults. My 6 year old has already had his toes dipped in the romanticized Thanksgiving story. He already knows …

When You Think of a Leader, What Image First Comes to Mind?

One of the most powerful questions I’ve considered lately came in the middle of David Swanson’s book Rediscipling the White Church. He was describing one of the training sessions he went through during process of adopting his son. The moderator had the group, mostly white, stop to consider this question: “When was the last time …