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The Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

The Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

By now, many of you have heard about the inflammatory statement Pastor Jamal Bryant made in a recent sermon entitled “I Am My Enemy’s Worst Nightmare.” Bryant, dressed in an electric-blue suit coat, yelled “THESE H*ES AIN’T LOYAL,” a popular Rap lyric from singer Chris Brown to his congregation during the sermon about Pontius Pilate … Continue reading

A Walk Towards Death

A Walk Towards Death

This week, we walked towards death. We journeyed with Jesus as he said His final goodbyes to His closest friends and confidants. We traveled with the Messiah as He prepared to leave behind the life He once knew to say yes to the Divine. What a week it must have been for Him, knowing that … Continue reading

Jesus and the “Scientific Method”

Jesus and the “Scientific Method”

Last night, I was watching a conversation unfold on social media about the rigid lines we must set to keep ourselves from falling into “tempting” things like relationships with the opposite sex and a host of other situations that may cause us to become emotional, incapacitated, and powerless. These conversations are common among beleivers and … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Governor Nathan Deal

An Open Letter to Governor Nathan Deal

Dear Governor Nathan Deal, I know, I know. You’re under the Gold Dome wheelin’ and dealin’ (pun intended) over some of our most vulnerable citizens including the elderly, the sick, and the undereducated. You’re busy doing very important work! I just wanted to drop you a line about some things that, as a life-long citizen … Continue reading

No Do Overs: [Trigger Warning]

It is currently 3:47 AM. I was just awoken from a disturbing dream that lead to an even more disturbing conclusion. The following may offer some triggers for people; if you or someone you know is considering suicide, this is for you. I dreamt that I was in a car, sitting in the back driver … Continue reading

Cleanin’ Up Christmas

Cleanin’ Up Christmas

Recently, I began reading the book Christmas is not Your Birthday by Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, as a part of an Advent small group series hosted by Impact Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The five-chapter book explores the idea of shifting the focus of Christmas from a me-me-me experience to one that gives-gives-gives to … Continue reading

Honor the Poor?

Honor the Poor?

Honor the poor? Seldomly do you see the words “honor” and “poor” in close relationship to each other. We typically give honor to those who are “deserving”: our service men and women and those who teach, heal, and care for our world in various ways. Honor, to give regard with great respect, comes to those … Continue reading

The Path

The Path

If you know anything about parking at Emory University, you know it can be quite the task to park on or around campus — especially if you’re a commuter student and don’t have a parking pass! Sometimes I park along the street where Barnes & Noble is to save on my commuter parking swipes in … Continue reading

I Talk to Strangers

I Talk to Strangers

This morning, as I was getting off of the Emory shuttle, I was walking down the sidewalk when I realized there was a woman walking in tandem with me. We were walking so in-sync, in fact, from the outside, it probably looked as if we knew each other. I thought it to be rude to … Continue reading

Sitting in the Margins: A Year in Review

Sitting in the Margins: A Year in Review

This week kicks off a brand new year for the students at the Candler School of Theology and I really can’t believe that this time last year, I was a first year student, bright eyed, bushy tailed (read: haired!) and eager to start on a new journey. I remember posting this status on the first … Continue reading