Category Archives: Racism

The Church and Charlottesville: Our Call to Confession and Clarity

(This is the end of a sermon preached at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Millersville. The text was John 3:16, and the first part emphasized God’s infinite and inclusive love for each of us and for the world, the kosmos … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter: A 21st Century Beatitude?

Jesus kicked off the Sermon on the Mount with the beatitudes. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .” A guy on the mount interrupted Jesus. “Hey! ALL lives are blessed!” Jesus ignored him. “For theirs is the kingdom of … Continue reading

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Tamir: A Confession

I am complicit in your death, Tamir, and in the life-negating injustice which followed. I have never feared for my children’s safety in the presence of police officers. But police officers gunned you down as you played with a pellet … Continue reading

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Poisonous Generalizations After – and Before – Chattanooga

It didn’t take long after the tragic shooting deaths of five Marines for the venomous voices of generalized hate to begin their bellow. The murderer was a Muslim. Therefore all Muslims are dangerous.  Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with anger.  Damn … Continue reading

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HATE WON’T WIN – A Sermon After Charleston (Psalm 27:1-6)

Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. 45 years old Depayne Middleton Doctor. 49 years old. Cynthia Hurd. She would have been 55 years old today. Susie Jackson. 87 years old. Ethel Lance. 70 years old. Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. 41 years old. Tywanza … Continue reading

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Who Is My Neighbor (in Baltimore)?

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” – (Luke 10:29) Who is my neighbor? That’s my question as I sit in the safe sanctuary of suburbia and view the havoc in Baltimore … Continue reading

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Racism and White Privilege: Reflection and Confession

(NOTE: This post contains strong opinions and some strong language. Please keep in mind that this is my personal blog, and is not an official expression of my church or denomination.  Also, if the language bothers you more than the … Continue reading

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