The History of Black Worship

The History of Black Worship

Where it all started

Theological reflection for Black people in the United States does not start with the great councils of Nicaea, Chalcedon, or even the 15th-century reformers.

While those have been important for many Christian traditions, for black folk…

See, Seize and Recognize Opportunities for Kindness

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)

What to do, when to do it

If you read or listen to the passage…

Racial Profiling: This is us, but it doesn’t have to be

In 2008, a new social networking service hit the shelves of app stores: NextDoor.

For the longest time, I avoided the service.

At that time, I had Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

I did not need yet another service on…

Colloquy Opportunity for Early Call CTS Alumni Now Open!


Applications for the 2019-2020 Colloquy for Early Call Clergy for CTS alumni are now open!


As part of the Colloquy for Clergy series, this experience is for CTS alumni in ministry who are five to…

Resisting the Co-opting of MLK’s Legacy and Remembering Him as a Theologian

Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably the most celebrated non-elected citizen in the history of the United States of America.

This is evidenced by the fact that Dr. King is the only American to have a federal holiday named in…

The Writer’s Block Antidote…It’s Not What You Think

When I first started writing fiction, I had a great idea for a story, and it felt like the whole story was alive in my imagination.

Each time I tried to write the story down on paper, though, the excitement…

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Congregational Health – Red, Green and “Black”?

Advent is upon us and a new calendar year is fast approaching.

Many pastors, especially in rural and inner-city churches, are seeing lots of RED, not nearly enough GREEN, and a complete absence of BLACK.

Red and green are two…

Grounded in Gratitude: The Benefits of Spiritual Formation

When I was asked to share about gratitude this month, I instantly thought of my experience with the Certificate in the Spiritual Formation program.

I continue finding to this day (and most likely for the rest of my life) experiences,…

A Layperson’s Guide to Practicing Gratitude

This post originally appeared in Faith & Leadership.


My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months.

Each seemed to have a downside.

The music wasn’t that great,…

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Our God,

we welcome with anticipation this Thanksgiving week

–our one authentic religious holiday shared by

religious and skeptics alike—time to rest and play,

to gather with family and friends

around abundant tables, football games,

and appropriate pauses in which…

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Be Virgil – A Coach as Companion on the Way

Be Virgil,” reads the Post-It on the windowsill in front of my desk, a reminder of the role I am to play when I meet with a coaching client.


I faced my biggest crisis in ministry within weeks of…

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We’re Wired for Story…What’s Yours?

In times like these, you need a story.  “A story?” you ask. “A story? Why?”

Why? Because we are wired for story.

We are streaming stories every day on Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. When it comes to church, what is…

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Landscapes of Renewal: How to Read and “See” the Bible

Landscapes are important, particularly when they are identified with “home.”

Indeed, there is a newly coined clinical term shared by both psychologists and ecologists called “solastalgia,” a combination of the Latin word solacium (comfort) and the Greek root –algia (pain).

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All Shapes and Sizes: What Does Youth Ministry Look Like?

It’s important to understand that there’s no set formula for youth ministry and how it operates.

It comes in many variations and looks different for every ministry. It comes in all shapes and sizes.

Church folks are typically very concerned…

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Sacred Creation: The Celtic Way of Christian Spirituality

Christianity first reached the Celtic people of Ireland and Britain as early as the second century C.E. and began to blossom by the fifth century.

This encounter between the Christian religion and Celtic tradition engendered a deep and distinctive spirituality…