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Summary of Bible Study Series (to date) on Christian Accountability

This Bible-study series draws on several biblical narratives and is designed to mature us in the areas of Christian accountability. Remember the focus is on you. Examine yourself. Examine your … Continue reading

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October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Theology for a Grieving People | Sojourners

https://sojo.net/articles/how-blacklivesmatter-changed-my-theology/theology-grieving-people A Theology for a Grieving People My tears started while I was sitting in a coffee shop, and they refused to stop. I gathered my laptop and purse, hurried … Continue reading

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July 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Mockery to Ministry: Acts 2:13, 36-41

Peter’s bold response is to move forward. He shares the word of God and his personal testimony about God. But, he does not stop here. He also tells the people the truth about themselves. He does not shrink away from holding the people accountable for their behavior. This is so important because it is the power of the word of God, through the mouth of the child of God, that takes the narrative “from mockery to ministry.”

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June 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Violence, Shooting and Closing the Doors of the Church

I wish I had simple answers to the violence that is moving around us so regularly. Last week, someone was shot at a church at a funeral. This story tells … Continue reading

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May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Build Your Faith: 2 Peter 1 Continued

This short study has some questions you can ask yourself about building your faith. They are drawn from 2 Peter 2:5-9

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April 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

2 Peter Bible Study/Intro & Chapter 1

Introduction to 2 Peter. In his first letter Peter feeds Christ’s sheep by instructing them how to deal with persecution. from outside the church (see 1Pe 4:12); in this second … Continue reading

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April 15, 2016 · 3 Comments

Defeat the Devil: Pursue Your Dreams Numbers 14:9-11 Bible Study September 19, 2012

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Sermon Summary Sunday’s sermon dealt with the great tragedy of allowing doubt, distraction, fear and negativity to stop us from pursuing our God-given vision…

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April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Race is Not Given to the Swift Nor the Strong . . . Run Your Race – Hebrews 12:1-2

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so…

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April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Check Yourself: Serve the Suffering Savior

Sunday’s sermon entitled “Check Yourself: Serve the Suffering Savior” was drawn from Matthew 20:18-28. In this narrative, Christ has just shared with his disciples that he will experience an agonizing … Continue reading

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March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Review – ‘Evicted’ depicts Milwaukeeans struggling to find affordable housing


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March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Allowed Lincoln Hills Abuses » Urban Milwaukee

It has been a while since I have done a blog entry . . . this story vexes my soul. This, like the water situation in Flint, is a complete … Continue reading

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February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christ, Christmas and Young Motherhood

As I meditate and reflect on our Christmas service tomorrow, I cannot help but reflect on new young mothers who are bringing new children into a world that looks pretty … Continue reading

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December 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Korey Wise Donates $190,000 To Help Fight Wrongful Convictions – Central Park Jogger

If you watch the videos over time of these brothers from the Central Park case (click here for the documentary), it is particularly painful to watch him. He always looks … Continue reading

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December 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Donald Trump and the Black Pastors – one time #lasttwocents

Donald Trump and the Black Pastors. Okay . . . I am going to try to hit this once and leave it alone. I have always (long before his recent … Continue reading

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December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Donald Trump Saw Love in Room With Black Pastors — NYMag

Listen, I work hard not to give this guy any space on my timeline. I also try to keep my thoughts brief and concise. Here’s a quick two cents. Somebody … Continue reading

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December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years | US news | The Guardian

It is amazing how some continue to believe these are isolated incidents being blown out of proportion. This is a deeply embedded, systemic problem. Particularly disturbing, for me, is how … Continue reading

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November 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

How 2 Independent Journalists And A Lawyer Held Chicago Police Accountable For Teen’s Death

The work described in this article is of particular interest for me – especially in Milwaukee. It is work that is needed . . . the combination of rigorous and … Continue reading

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November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Here’s How The Laquan McDonald Shooting Differs From What Police Said Happened

As we look at these stories, we have to think about what the actions say about the “culture of the institution.” When you see this level of collusion, lying, calculation, … Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shots fired at Minneapolis protest second night in a row – The Washington Post

This story is so dangerous on so many levels. The ease and calculation of those who are firing shots into a #blacklivesmatter protest is sinister and harkens back to a … Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

White Supremacists allegedly shot Five people at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis:

At least two reports are that white supremacists shot five people at protest. That white supremacist spirit is one of the oldest, nastiest, arrogant, perverse, dangerous and perverse spirits in … Continue reading

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November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment