The Holy Trinity of Freedom, Violence, and Justice

Freedom has a price to pay, and the cost is most often violence. The new movie, “The Free State of Jones,” clearly presents this harsh reality. The movie is based on the real life story of Newton “Newt” Knight, a farmer who deserted the Confederate army. He took up company and became the leader ofContinue reading “The Holy Trinity of Freedom, Violence, and Justice”

Too Close to Home: Why Charleston Matters to All of Us

On the one year anniversary of the Charleston Massacre, I had the opportunity to share my reflections with Christianity Today The Local Church alongside: Patricia Raybon who wrote about “Charleston and the Resilience of Wednesday Night Church,” Dawn Araujo-Hawkins who shared “What It Means to Burn Down a Black Church,” and Derek Rishmawy who contributedContinue reading “Too Close to Home: Why Charleston Matters to All of Us”

Let’s Talk About Sex

In 1991, the all-female hip hop group, Salt-n-Pepa, released a song titled, “Let’s Talk About Sex.” It was their biggest crossover hit, and sealed their positions as hip hop royalty. I might have been in the sixth grade when the song was released but I knew the song, and sung the hook even when IContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Sex”