Trials, Tasers and Tags: What’s Going On?

Trials, Tasers and Tags: What’s Going On?

Marvin Gaye released the album “What’s Going On” in 1971. The song by the same name challenged listeners to cast their gaze on current events and ask this perplexing question. While the single gained the most popularity, the entire album addressed a variety of issues,...
Opportunities from Church Decline

Opportunities from Church Decline

Gallup reported a significant decline in membership at American churches, synagogues, and mosques in 2020. In a little over two decades, membership in faith communities dropped from 70% in 1999 to 47% in 2020. There are numerous reasons for this decline, from the rise...
Nationalism and Holy Week

Nationalism and Holy Week

Jesus encountered religious nationalists seeking to overthrow Rome during the final week of his life. As the week progressed, these insurrectionists played a pivotal role in his execution. After his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, religious nationalists began to think...
Entering the Darkness of Holy Week

Entering the Darkness of Holy Week

The United States suffered two mass shootings, one in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in Boulder, Colorado, during a seven-day period. With the cries of the victims and their families still echoing in our ears, the Christian church prepares to enter Holy Week in...
Finding Healing in My Tribe

Finding Healing in My Tribe

In my ancestral language of Muscogee Creek, CVFEKNICETV (juh-fig-nay-je-duh) means “to heal someone or something.”  This message greeted my wife and me as we drove up to the Muscogee Creek Hospital in Okemah, Oklahoma, to receive our COVID-19 vaccines. The indigenous...