When Both Sides Aren’t to Blame
One daughter burps, the other overreacts with “Gross! You’re sick!,” then the conversation escalates into an all-out cat fight. These scenarios unfold daily in the world where objectivity can look back and see how both sides are to blame. Both escalated the interaction. Both shared in the offense. There are, […]
What is White Supremacy?
What is White Supremacy? And, when will we stop being shocked that it exists and that we allow it? The origin story of Pilgrims fleeing persecution is only a part of the beautiful mythology of our nation’s history. It also involves Western Europeans who viewed the inhabitants of the land […]
What I’ve Been Missing
I’ve been listening in on a forum for about a year now, where people of color articulate their experience and perspective and white individuals like myself listen, learn, and inquire for understanding. Current events have given me insight and helped me to see things that are easily missed and dismissed. […]
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr Day. Some marched while others simply enjoyed a holiday. The fine folks in Biloxi declared it “Great Americans Day” in a slight to the Civil Rights leader who laid down his life. The great tragedy is that we are still divided in this Country. […]
I had goose bumps, tears, and hope as I watched this video of James Merritt make a historic amendment from the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1987 my father, trying to unify the Convention, tore it asunder by nominating Richard Jackson (a known conservative but moderate affiliate) as […]
The Power of Aligning
It all started in a conference room as a group of pastors dreamt of what it would be like for the Church of San Antonio to be united! Believe was a simple experiment to see if aligning around a sermon series or study would help bring a sense of unity to […]
Unity Longed For
Recently, after a discussion with friends, I asked the following question on Facebook: “Which is the bigger divider – race or culture?” Some of the most erudite responders said that in the United States race is by far the bigger divider. Others contended for economic disparity, rather than either race […]
Warrior Poet: 2 Corinthians 13:14
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Dear Warrior Poet, You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The God […]
Warrior Poet: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. […]
Sermon: Would You Do Anything For Love?
Watch Connections Pastor Jason O’Dell‘s sermon from Sun., May 25, 2014 “The Honeymoon is Over: Would You Do Anything For Love?” https://vimeo.com/96434418 Sermon Devotional Many people say they would do “anything” for love, but what would cause you to say “I won’t do that!”…?