Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

I was blessed to attend the White House signing ceremony on June 17 for the legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday. This was truly a blessing because my ancestors were enslaved to Michael Brabamour Menard, the founder of Galveston, Texas. They were religious...

Don’t Be Overwhelmed; We Can Eliminate Poverty

A challenging and potentially transformative command to enact an economic Sabbath is found in Deuteronomy 15:1-11. Every seven years, Hebrew creditors were to release the remaining debt of the loans given during the previous six years. Debt was the ultimate source of...

Why This World Needs a Global Outpouring of Grace

I grew up in an era when the threat of nuclear attack was real. The peace of the world existed in a tension that was known as MAD – mutually assured destruction. In other words, we would not blow up another country because we knew that they would blow us up in...

Real Jubilee Can Help World’s Debt-Crushed Poor

At the start of her Jubilee year, the Queen of England said to a meeting of faith leaders “the concept of a Jubilee is rooted in the Bible.” She failed to mention that a biblical jubilee has nothing to do with celebrating a monarch’s reign, but was a...

We Need Jubilee

We must remember and care for our fellow travelers on this beautiful planet and treat them not as competitors, but as if they were Jesus who said that he could be found among the little ones. Proclaiming with Jesus the year of Jubilee is our only hope for restoration....