Let us recapture the wonder and guiding of good doubt.
“And there was evening, and there was morning. Cock-a-doodle-doo. Guilt for breakfast again.” Jen Wilken (describing Peter who denied Jesus three times)
Jesus calls his community to embrace the range of emotions, the reality of the world’s pain, and the promise of the community to offer healing and hope – all against the backdrop that God is with us, showing us the way.
In the long human story there is recently an unholy alliance of religious and political power which serves to undermine faith, steal property and cost live. Jezebel and Ahab represent that unholy alliance.
God uses the unknown and the unnamed as agents of change and transformation.
After Peter’s mother-in-law was healed she ministered to the guests in her home. That ministry may have looked a lot like communion.
Jeremiah Wright represents the best of the prophetic tradition of the African-American church. That tradition promises that, even now, God is making all things new.
Sometimes we need to break the roof open in order to let the light in. Sometimes we benefit from being “let down” at Jesus’ feet.
The Reverend Dr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was both a pastor and a United States Representative. In a memorable sermon he asked, “What is in Your Hands?”
The following lines from the poem, The Hill We Climb, “a nation that isn’t broken/but simply unfinished,” remind us that including the contributions of African Americans brings us closer to telling the whole story of American history.