John Lewis’ Sacred Right to Vote

John Lewis’ Sacred Right to Vote

When Americans cast their votes, they exercise a sacred right as a free people responsible for self-governance. All across the United States, citizens are currently exercising that right; some standing in long lines for early voting while others prepare to mail in...
Can Christianity Be Saved?

Can Christianity Be Saved?

In his recent book, His Truth Is Marching On, historian Jon Meacham recalls a childhood story about the late U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Lewis grew up outside of Troy, Alabama, where the church became a central part of his life. Lewis looked...
When You’re Overwhelmed by Crisis After Crisis

When You’re Overwhelmed by Crisis After Crisis

It’s bewildering to reckon with the interlocking crises we face. To name only some of them: soaring case rates of COVID-19 infections, overburdened hospitals, politicization of mask-wearing and school-opening, rising unemployment, nonprofits cutting staff or closing...
John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis Crosses Alabama Bridge One Last Time

John Lewis crossed the river Jordan on July 17, 2020, and last Sunday, I went to Selma to see him cross the Alabama River one last time. I went because his last crossing simply had to be so very different from the first, with all the power we have within us to make...
U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

What were you doing when you were 23 years old? I ask this question every time I give a public presentation about my experiences serving as a police officer in St. Louis. People usually respond they were just graduating from college, just entering the workforce or...