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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


   Any one who knows me knows I spend quite a bit of time on social media. Recently, I responded to a Facebook post about why people are always so … Continue reading

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November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Police Caught The Cop Who Allegedly Sexually Abused 8 Black Women – BuzzFeed News #policeconduct #blackwomenexploited

There’s not a good adjective for this . . . sick, twisted, perverse, animalist . . . this depraved police officer not only preyed on the weak but he appears … Continue reading

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November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

A partial list of pundits, politicians and media outlets who used Joseph G liniewicz’s death to push the ‘war on cops’ narrative – The Washington Post

There’s a lot to be said about the turn of events in this situation including issues of race, #blacklivesmatter, police misconduct, conspiracies and suicide, just to name a few. But, … Continue reading

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November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hub of human trafficking: underground sex trade thrives in Milwaukee | US news | The Guardian #humantrafficking

Human Trafficking is a plague on our community and represents some of the most significant predator and prey activity takes place. It is a multimillion dollar, global industry. In the … Continue reading

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November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Depression In Black Woman | BlackDoctor #strongblackwoman #mentalhealth

This is an important article to share with many. The high, mythological standard of “the strong black woman” is hurting quite a few people who are suffering in silence — … Continue reading

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October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Milwaukee Court records detail group’s sex trafficking and ‘Pimp Roundtables’

Human sex trafficking is a hidden menace in our society. I believe most of us (except those who participate) have no clue of the breadth and depth by which it … Continue reading

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October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

From the Pastor’s Pen – “Whom Shall I Send”

Hello family, I pray you are well.   Last Sunday, we began listing opportunities In the bulletin to minister outside the walls of the church and to those in need. … Continue reading

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September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Powerful Anthem Song/War Cry from Janelle Monae #blacklivesmatter

The first link is to a youtube video of a powerful song from Janelle Monae that could be entitled “Say His Name.”  In it, those with the microphone call out … Continue reading

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August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment


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