Category Archives: Overcoming Obstacles

Not So Easily Broken: A Week On the Breaking Plantation

There’s something especially cruel, horrific even, about a breaking plantation…as if slavery itself wasn’t cruel enough. You see, breaking plantations are where they sent the slaves who kept trying to run away. On the grounds of this one where I’ve … Continue reading

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Please Stop Silencing Me or A Tale of Two Women Victims

I had planned to post about today being a bonus day on the calendar—February 29th, Leap Day! I’m more excited about it this year than I remember being before. An extra day, extra time to get things done. My prayers have … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Herod at Christmas, Terror and All

[W]hile Christ’s birth is a romance about God’s great love for God’s people, it is also a story about a decree, a massacre, about principalities and powers and rulers of wickedness in high places. Continue reading

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Breaking the Bondage: What Churches Can Do (and Should Avoid) to End Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has reached crisis levels. While it is a complex issue, there’s a lot churches can do to help end the unjust and immoral enterprise of trafficking human beings. Continue reading

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On Roadblocks, Detours and Shortcuts

I was at the car dealership for more than eight hours today. UGH! I heard a noise that sounded like my back brakes. The mechanic didn’t hear anything. I insisted that the car get checked again and when it was, it … Continue reading

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Hot Grits Are Good for Eating

A few years ago I wrote an article titled, “More Than Hot Grits (and an Iron Skillet), which appeared in an online publication called The Vine. The publication is no longer available but recent events made me dig this out … Continue reading

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Turbulence and Tailwinds

I recently flew to Houston for the homegoing celebration of the life of a friend. His wife and I were prayer partners throughout divinity school and they were my family when I lived in North Carolina so in spite of … Continue reading

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