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September 17, 2015

God Can Use Evil for Good

By Charles L. White Jr.

“Aaron’s Army” including Marquise Rock, Derron Solomon, Denzelle Tyshawn Atkison and Keon Wilson. Photo by Linda Furtado

“Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.”
—Genesis 50:20

I have read and preached on this text from Genesis 50 on several occasions. I have tried to live in the context and content of the passage as I think about all that Joseph went through to get to where he ended up.

I have come to realize that we each have a journey that we all travel, and our journeys are filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, good and evil, heartache and pain, as well as joy and sorrow. Often we are not prepared for the various situations that arise during this journey, and they are difficult to explain and often far too complicated to even began to understand.

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July 30, 2015

Learning Compassion the Hard Way

By Frank Rogers

Blog-image_7-30-2015When our dog of 14 years died, I wanted to spread some of her ashes at the wilderness park where she and I ran most days of her life. My son, at home for her passing, had a midmorning plane to catch back to college. So I only had a short time to drive, park, spread her ashes, and make it back home.

Unfortunately, I knew I was in trouble the moment I got to the parking lot. The lot was so full, a line had formed halfway down the street. I knew of an overflow lot further down, so I bypassed the line and made for it. I could not believe it. The overflow lot was full as well, its line clogging the access street. I made a U-turn only to see a dozen cars U-turning in front of me. I was stuck between two traffic jams.

Then I saw it. The corner house on a cul-de-sac adjacent to me had an open spot in front. I zipped in and pulled up at the foot of a sign forbidding parking at night. I still had time. I grabbed the vial, leapt from the car, looked up, and immediately started to backpedal. Barreling down the driveway toward me, rakes raised in both hands as if fending off a grizzly, a large man of Middle Eastern descent screamed at me with accented aggression.

“What’re you doing?! You’re parking right in front of my house!” … read

February 28, 2015

Black Lives Matter … and So Do All Lives

By Carolyn W. Dandridge
Carolyn W. Dandridge

Carolyn W. Dandridge

I hear the words of Isaiah 40:28-31 paraphrased like this: “Do you not know or have you not heard? The Creator is the eternal Judge and ruler of the earth until the end. When you follow the Supreme One, you will not grow faint or weary, and your knowledge will be beyond scrutiny. God will provide strength to the fainting, and the weak shall become strong beyond measure. When we become weary and our youth stagger and fall, we who HOPE shall renew our strength and soar like eagles. We will run and grow Christlike, and we will walk and never faint.” … read

February 25, 2015

My Continued Journey of Mothering Gabriel

By Toni Payne
Toni  Payne

Toni Payne

To say I was hesitant when invited to write an article about raising my son for this blog last year is an understatement. I had numerous reservations about the invitation. My first thought was, Why was my life as Gabriel’s mother important only during Black History Month? I dreaded being scrutinized, characterized, or typecast as just another incompetent single African American mother. I wondered if anyone would find my musings honest, relevant, timely, or noteworthy. … read

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