A Few Thoughts: Thinking Through Ephesians 6:13

There is always the thought: when is something going to change.
I have been toiling the roads of theology, ministry and church for over 20 years: I have been through 5 church plants/church renewals, I have been a part of a pastoral staff at an all-white Lutheran church, endured a racist candidacy process with people whom claim to love the same God as me, I have sat in rooms with Bishops/prophets/apostles/elders, I have had conversations with some of the greatest theologians in the country, I have interviewed at more churches than I care to admit and applied to more than I remember, and I am entering my second semester of a PhD. in Theology and Ethics. And, I ask myself, “What am I missing?”

 
I am not sure but I keep plugging until something changes. I have been told that maybe that is God’s way of telling you that you should be doing something else. All these doors keep getting slammed in your face; when will you get the message, that God does not want you in the church. God keeps closing the doors so that you will move on to something else. My reply, “Maybe you are right but I’m going to walk this out a little while longer.”

 
I felt like writing today because I needed to express where I am in my soul. This, is where I am in my soul. It is that moment when you have made all the moves you can make, now you wait for God to make the next move. Having done all the stand…stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
The church and the academy are tricky places to understand even when they, supposedly, represent God.

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James Baldwin speaks about Racism and the church

I don’t know if white Christians hate Negroes or not; I know that we have a Christian church which is white and a Christian church which is black.  I know as Malcolm X once put it: “the most segregated hour in American life is high noon on Sunday.  That says a great deal to me about a Christian nation.”  It means that I can’t afford to trust most white Christians, and certainly cannot trust the Christian church.

A Theology in Flux

Does God make mistakes? My grandmother would declare that he doesn’t, and I may agree, but he is surely above my thought level. I like many others who have been bless with carmel skin waited for a verdict that would serve justice for the black people.( In all honesty we knew what the deal was…) We gazed at the television, listened to the radio, peeped out twitter and Facebook, to once again find out that we are BLACK.

It is quite obvious that america has no concern or care for black bodies. The black body represents a trope that refashions atrocities as complaints in what Maya Angelou called “ these yet to be united states of america.” The sufferings of a community of people have been lost in media hype as the church sits idle making attempts to evangelize without addressing justice. The Gospel disconnected from justice is a consumeristic explanation of suffering that minimizes the value of people in pain. Many want the Gospel, but, they want a Gospel that is denuded from justice. They want a God that abides in the Eucharist and dwells in the water of baptism but not a God who stands on the side of the oppressed and marginalized –the Blacks in america.

Maybe the imago dei is represented in the rioting…–Is God not outraged at injustice?

Riots are the voice of the unheard? – Dr. Martin Luther King

still wrestling…

An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

A must read from one of your own-church. (written by Dannika Nash)

"I Said I Don't Know."--and Other Answers to Hard Questions

Church,

I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love.” Augustana’s gym was filled to the ceiling with 5,000 people, mostly aged 18-25, and decked out in thrift store gear (American flag bro-tanks, neon Nikes, MC Hammer pants. My Cowboy boyfriend wore Cowboy boots…not ironically….). The arena was brimming with excitement and adrenaline during every song, but when he started to play “Same Love,” the place about collapsed. Why? While the song is popular everywhere, no one, maybe not even Macklemore, feels its true tension like we do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If you’re not familiar, here’s the song:

Stop–did you watch it? Watch it.

Before the song, Macklemore spoke really…

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7800 New Souls…

As I sat downstairs in my office last night, I was burdened with this sense of prayer for the unbelievers. It started as just a simple prayer but kindled to a grieving for the lost. My prayer for the past 2 months was God give me a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) I wanted the burning desire for the lost etched on my soul and God has lit that fire.

This morning as I was speaking with one of my brothers, I issued a challenged for us to pray that God would redeem 100 souls by the end of Feb. I continued to issue that challenged to other brothers, sisters and pastors around the country and they accepted the challenged as well. Some have issued the challenge to their local context to stay in prayer for a 100 souls for their church as well.

We know that God can surpass this number with ease if he so chooses but we still bow our heads in prayer for the lost. One thing that stood out to me was the fact that we all came from different denominations: Baptist, reform, Methodists and non-denominational. There was no apologetics ranting just believers wanted to pray for the lost. Yes, we all may have some difference of opinions and interpretation but one consistent theme is that many folks need to hear the gospel.

My hope is that 7800+ new folks come to Christ by the end of the year -that we impact folks through our prayers and engagement with the gospel; that we spend time outside of our churches evangelizing the community and neighborhoods.

Jan.- 100 souls

Feb. – 200 souls

March- 300 souls

April- 400 souls

May- 500 souls

June- 600 souls

July- 700 souls

Aug.- 800 souls

Sept.- 900 souls

Oct.- 1000 souls

Nov. -1100 souls

Dec.- 1200 souls

Grand Total for the year=7800 new souls…

Folks God can do this and we can be in prayer for these folks like never before. .. I don’t know any other way for things to get better other than God make a change. I am asking you to link up with me prayer and let’s believe God for new souls in the Kingdom. Also let’s engage the unbelievers with the gospel as if their life depends on- it because it does.

We started the day with 6…