Remembering: Part Two

This country has no hope of maintaining its democracy or any moral decency until it repents of its Original Sin of racism. We were built on genocide of one race and the enslavement of another race. And to this very day, that evil legacy continues to bear bitter fruit. We must remember, and in that remembering, experience the repentance necessary for needed healing and reconciliation.  Continue reading

Few Are Guilty, but All Are Responsible (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)

I grew up in the South hearing statements like, “I never owned any slaves. Don’t blame me for what happened over a hundred years ago! I worked for what I have. Let them (and always “them” was uttered with a dismissive and contemptible tone) work as hard as I have…. Continue reading

Heaven or Hell? (Part Two)

(This article is the second in a series entitled “Heaven or Hell?” Readers may want to read the first article to find the parable/metaphor referred to in this second article. In that first article I related the parable to the unfortunate and perpetual practice of many poor, working-class, and middle-class… Continue reading

Heaven or Hell? (Part One)

In the vast repertoire of sermon illustrations and stories can be found the following illustration/parable/metaphor. The essential truth differentiating heaven and hell was revealed to a man through a vision. Both heaven and hell contained banquet tables in beautifully decorated settings. The tables overflowed with the most delicious and desirable… Continue reading

Racism Is as Racism Does

One can be prejudiced without being a racist. Prejudice involves ignorance and bias. The very word “prejudice” means to prejudge. In other words, in our prejudices, we make decisions and choose emotions before having all the facts. We are ignorant as we shape or fall victim to our prejudices. Sometimes… Continue reading

Romans 5:12-6:1 “Possessed by the Past”

Read the Scripture  (This is the first sermon in a series of three Lenten sermons on the concept of sin. The second sermon is based on Romans 8:12-17 and is entitled “Scared to Death.” The last sermon in the series is based on I Corinthians 12:12-27; John 3:16-17 and has… Continue reading

The Economic Dimension of Racism

The last forty years have seen a growing inequality in income, wealth, and opportunity. The poor are getting poorer, and the middle-class is shrinking. But perhaps most alarming of all is the dangerous and tragic gulf between White people and people of color. Statistics can be boring, but they can… Continue reading

Preferential Options

One of my favorite actors was the late Christopher Reeve. Most people remember him as Superman, a character he played in four Superman movies from 1978-1987. He has been described as a Renaissance man gifted with intelligence, talent, athletic abilities, and integrity. His career was drastically curtailed by a horse-riding… Continue reading