Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Backstory

To every story there is a backstory. Nothing happens out of thin air. Not divorces. Not disease. Not eviction. Not animosities. Not divisions. Not riots. Every story has a backstory and can be understood better when the backstory is known. … Continue reading

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Tears Have a Way of Washing the Blindness from Our Eyes

Oscar Romero said, “There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.” I think I know what he means.  Tuesday night my son cried over George Floyd. He cried over the Ahmaud Arbery.  I told … Continue reading

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A Threatening & Unsettling Thing

In Acts 16:16-40, the story goes that Paul sets a slave girl free of a demon (the power of Jesus can do that). The problem is this slave girls well-being ruins her owners’ business plan. They were doing very well … Continue reading

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Here’s Johnny

In a message given to Christians living in Antioch during the 4th century at a time of great social and political crisis, John Chrysostom reminds them: “If you are a Christian, no earthly city is yours. Of our city, ‘The … Continue reading

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Provoking a Different Kind of Crisis

This weekend I was re-reading a collection of essays and sermons from one of my heroes of the faith, Oscar Romero (we even share the same first name!). He was assassinated in 1980 for his stand with the oppressed poor … Continue reading

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Justice Delayed

The Magna Carta of 1215 has a clause that reads, “We will not sell, or deny, or delay right or justice to anyone.”1 In 1617, when Francis Bacon was installed as Lord Chancellor, he said, “Swift justice is the sweetest.”2 … Continue reading

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The Language of Reconciliation

“Wisdom shouts out in the streets; in the public square she raises her voice.” (Proverbs 1:20) True wisdom is never silent around hard things. Wise people must give voice to the truth left unsaid. When we don’t say something, we … Continue reading

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