Do you have something to die for?

Our country has spent the past few days mourning the deaths of Aretha Frankin, The Queen of Soul, and Senator John McCain, the Maverick.

It is befitting during times of mourning that we ponder the inescapable question:

Do I have something to die for?

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This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of preacher and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although this man is most known for his dream—the one he delivered to approximately 250,000 people, the dream that continues to live as a breathing document of hope today—the speech that best captures his life and ministry was given on the night before he was slain. It was titled “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and in it he stated, “If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

In his sermon “The Drum Major Instinct,” given at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, he told hearers the way he wanted to be remembered. He wanted people to know that he tried to give his life serving others, loving others, being right about the violence of war, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the imprisoned. Living an other-centered life is why his words still resonate with us 50 years later.

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Book Review: Forgive Us

Confessions of a Compromised Faith

 Authors: Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah

Why I picked up this book:

I received this book from my publisher, Zondervan, because I share a similar concern and passion for biblical justice like its authors.

Who Should Read Forgive Us:

This academic resource is for anyone who has a sincere desire to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).” It is for those who are interested in the Lord’s requirement “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).”

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