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Friday, April 30, 2010

Auto-Tune And Gospel Music Don't Go Together!

So what happens when a person is operating out of their God-given season of life? There are very specific seasons in the year, and the Bible is very clear  letting  us know  that there's  seasons of life.... I know they are not  clear as we would like them to be.... But they're there...While listening to  Shirley Caesar new  release with J Moss I was reminded of this: For everything there is a season this means that there will be times when we are not supposed to do certain things....I am not saying Shirley can't or shouldn't  try any thing new...But what  I am saying is  I don't care for Shirley Caesar the rapper! I just don't like to see season saints trying to rap.

It seems that Shirley Caesar is once again trying to   updated her sound. She tried it once before  with  Tonex...It appears that Shirley is  trying to put some new energy into her sound with elements of rock and hip-hop.... Again  I don't care for Shirley's new approach to delivering the gospel through auto-tune. It's  seems to be sending  a message: if the club won't  come to Jesus, then Jesus is gonna have to hit the club.

Now Shirley Caesar career  includes 11 Grammy awards, 13 Stellar awards, and 18 GMA Dove awards. Some people consider her to be the first lady of Gospel.... Now Shirley recently released her 43rd album, A City Called Heaven on Light Records. No one can speak a epic quite like Shirley: “No Charge,” “Hold My Mule” or “Don’t Drive Your Mama Away”  But this auto-tune sound has got to go.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Little Rance Allen-the Boy Preacher"

Rance Allen  is one  of God's greatest influences in The Gospel Music World. He set the music world on fire between 1971 and 1974 with his electrifying recordings for the Stax-owned Gospel Truth and Truth labels. Hits like "Just My Salvation," "There's Gonna Be a Showdown," and "Ain't No Need of Crying" broke down stylistic barriers between gospel, rock, and soul musical styles as they never had before. One of 12 children, Rance has been performing since he was five. As "Little Rance Allen-the Boy Preacher" he preached and sang throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania until he was 14. Coming out of the COGIC Rance says he had a very strict up bringing by his grandparents. He didn't have a life like most kids had. He  wasn't allowed to go out and play and do the things a kid does.

 Rance began playing piano when he was seven and picked up the guitar two years later. He credits gospel giant James Cleveland as his main influence, but also names Ray Charles and Chuck Berry. Rance states that his style of music was not accepted in every church.  Rance has been overwhelming audiences across the country ever since with his exuberant stage demeanor and shattering vocals that slide up and down the scale.  Rance punctuates his delivery with deep growls and  rhythmic scats.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Most Young People Don't Pray, Don't Worship and Don't Read The Bible.

According to  a major survey by a Christian research firm it shows that most young people don't have a personal relationship with Christ. COME ON! As a growing  Christians I am not  surprise at these finding.  At least the ones they survey  are honest about it.  This article in no way surprises me. When you look at most youth ministry  all you see is entertainment. What did Jesus say " If I am lifted up I will draw all men to myself". I believe the church need to preach Jesus and Jesus alone. Lifting  up the name of Jesus. Regardless of their ages. The church is for believers and to spread the Gospel of Jesus! I don't care for Youth Ministries! There's too much focus on entertaining in Youth Ministries. The church need to  stop placing all  hope in once a year conferences for youth groups. Jesus instructions  to Peter  was to feed my lambs, tend my sheep and  feed my sheep. In other words  teach , feed  and shepherd. Does not the Lord say that he knows his sheep and they know his voice? Any way the article states  if the trends continue, "the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships," says Thom Rainer, president of Life Way Christian Resources. In the group's survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-old, 72% say they're "really more spiritual than religious."Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, "many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only," Rainer says. "Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stop Class-ism In The Church!

 
I was chit-chatting  with  a lady at work the other day an some kinda way we got on the subject of church. I  ask  her about her church family. Her whole demeanor  and attitude change.  She began to  inform  me she no longer attended any  church. I asked  why not! Her answer  I don't  feel welcome and the people seems to look down on her  family. She said she once attended one of the largest non-denominational churches in the area but she no longer did.


Classism is prejudice  and/or discrimination on the basis of social class. It includes individual attitudes and behaviors, systems of policies and practices that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower classes.

The culture of money ,power ,fashion and social groupings is supposed to stop at the door of the real  Church.  None of that stuff matters to Jesus. I know the world has its "power elite" and its "insiders and outsiders."But that should not be in the church. Folks  need to come into a group of Christians and feel a warm sincere welcome, no matter how they look, no matter what they have, no matter what their background. Anything less is a shameful contradiction of everything Jesus is about - grace - unconditional love. I believe the church should be  a level playing field where all  the stuff from world  just doesn't matter. It should be the kinda  of environment in which people can  be all  that God has call them to be.
If we are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus...There is neither Jew nor Greek (that's racial differences), slave nor free (that's class differences), male nor female (that's discrimination based on gender), for we are all one in Christ Jesus. I wonder how class- ism crept into the church?  "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7 ).


Question: Would you knowing belong to a church family  that practiced Class-ism?

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Church Offers to Pay Erykah Badu Fine!!!

Have you ever wondered  where  your tithes and offerings go when you put them  into the collection plate?  I am one of the many people who never question the uses of the  tithe once it leave my hand. That's because I see it at work in the church and the community. But that attitude and way of thinking  would change  if I were  a member of this church body. I would have to  think seriously  about my giving.  I believe  giving is part of the worship experience and  I don't mind giving. But by the same token it would be  hard  for me to sow  seeds  into the ground of bad stewardship. For me the action of Pastor Jamal Bryant early this month  is a prime example of bad stewardship. There's nothing wrong with Jamal Bryant  using his own personal  money to help  Ms. Badu.  But to use the church tithes is so wrong.


 Pastor Jamal Bryant from the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD.  Offered to pay Erykah’s Badu $500 fine via twitter.  It look  like Ms. Badu  released a video for her latest single “Window Seat”. I read somewhere that in the video Ms. Badu   strips nude and  on her back  the word “Evolve”is  written. Erykah stated that her video was meant to challenge Group think Theory. A theory that basic  states that individuals will surrender their identity to conform to the group’s beliefs and agenda.  When I read this I am thinking why would a pastor take church member tithes and  support a action like this? This sister breaks it down!

Anyway let me say something about the Group Think Theory. Is not the church a primary example of group think theory with our statements  of faith, the church creeds and what we believe statements? I know we in the church like to think of it as "UNITY". 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Temptation

The temptation to drink and drive ,to have premarital sex, attend wild parties, hanging out with bad friends or even cheat can be overwhelming, particularly if the stakes are high enough."
Ever wonder why Jesus sent His disciples out in twos instead of solo? Because flanked with the right person we have support, encouragement and—protection. Protection from what? Ourselves! If you’re serious about walking in victory, accountability is a step you must be willing to take. So, who are you accountable to?

To overcome temptation has to be cause we love God. How many know that sin hurts God? We're all tempted but the Lord has promised that we can be over comers. "Temptation" is what my Sunday School lesson is dealing with this morning. I am trying to get the class to understand that there's consequences for following temptation.

  A common reason Christians easily fall into temptation is the reasoning, Everybody's doing it, "  so it must be okay." That's the devil's favorite "lemming logic." It's also why Peter denied Jesus. Just a few hours before betraying Jesus, Peter vowed, "Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" (Matthew 26:35 Everybody'sNKJV). And when Peter made that statement surrounded by his friends, he was very sincere. But when Jesus was taken into the judgment hall, it was no longer popular to be with Christ. Peter gathered with Christ's mockers around a campfire, and the longer he stayed, the easier it was to act and talk like Christ's enemies.
 
     By letting the crowd measure our values, we become like the crowd. And the Bible says the crowd is usually wrong. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat" (Matthew 7:13). Christians have to think for themselves. They must resist peer pressure—they have to be different. If a billion people believe a lie, it's still a lie.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Highway To A Husband!

This sister Julia Yarbrough, 44, was a successful television anchor and reporter for over 20 years  in Miami, Fl.  But, she decided to scrap all of that, quit her job and hit the open road on a quest to find her man.

 Ask  how long is this process going to take, she  don’t know, but she’s willing to give it some time and she’s not restricting herself to black men.  Now the BFF and her are blogging about their dating experiences.  Harapetian was a reporter in Detroit who was laid off.  She figures she can have a good time and get a man while she looks for a job. Site here!
Question: Is this the answer?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Do Each Generation See God Differently?

Nearly every African American knows how important "The Black Church"  is to our community.  Back in the day most black pastors would not even  entertain the idea of using the church for a "PAID" concert. But today's mega church pastors  have thrown that rule out. In yesterday post  I mention  the  over pricing of  gospel concerts in the black community. But what about the church sanctuary  being the venue for gospel  concerts? If you notice in the flier I have posted.  The price of the concert  is reasonable and affordable.

 Question:   Do each generation see God and the things of God differently that the generation before them? If so why?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fleecing The Poor.

With unemployment in the black community at an  all time  high,  why do   people continue to fleece the christian community with over price  shows? Now  I understand that every thing has gone up in price. I believe  it cost a pretty penny to put a show on like this. The rate of the unemployed black person is up also. The one  who's most likely to support these kinda of shows are unemployed and they live in the Black community. My daughter makes good  money but I can't see her  spending  this kinda of money on a show. I love Lee William and The Mighty Clouds of Joy I grew up listening to them. But this is  too much.

Date: Sunday, May 09, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL “A Tribute To Mothers”
Performing:
Kirk Franklin
Lee Williams & Spiritual QC`s
Vickie Winans
James Fortune & Fiya
Tickets:
$64.50 & $54.50 In Advance
$67.50 & $57.50 Day Of Show
Ticketmaster: 1-800-745-3000
Ticket Prices: $67.50 & $57.50

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Gay Jesus!

Earlier this month, the 'gay Jesus play'  made headlines when a theater student at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, chose to direct a version of the play  as a class project. The student's play was to be staged on the school  campus. But that show was canceled at the last minute, after  criticism from clergy members and others.

The 'gay Jesus' play may be hitting the stage in North Texas after all.
large Dallas church whose  primarily ministry  is  directed toward gay and lesbian Christians. Has announced that it will host a Los Angeles production of Corpus Christi, a play by Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally.The play is about a 20th-century Christ-like figure (called Joshua) who is gay. In one scene, Joshua kisses Judas at the senior prom at "Pontius Pilate High School." In another, he performs a wedding ceremony for two of his disciples, who are also gay. WOW! article here

Monday, April 19, 2010

Favor Ain't Fair!

I believe Bishop Jake's is the first person I heard use the term "Favor Ain't Fair" Today's devotional is talking about the favor of God . Remember how the Bible stated  that Esther had favor with the king? And how the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor. I think Esther life is one we could study if we want to enjoy God’s favor. At lest it's worth  looking at anyway.
 
First  Esther  took the time necessary to prepare herself. Before the  girl’s turn came to go in to King  she had  complete twelve months of beauty treatment (See Est 2:12). There are no shortcuts. The price of success is study, preparation and discipline. Those who pay that price aren’t lucky, they’re rewarded! 

Second Esther  sought to please only one man—the king! No doubt Esther turned a lot of heads, but she sought the approval of only one. Why do you want to be blessed? To please God? Or yourself? Or others? The higher God takes you the more you’ll have to answer this question. 

Third  Esther had a purpose greater than survival or self interest. Haman planned to annihilate every Jew. Only someone greater could save them, like the king’s wife. That’s when Mordecai told Esther, “You have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Est 4:14 NKJV). You were born with a plan and a set of instructions; you’ll discover them in the presence of the One who said: “Before you were born I set you apart” (Jer 1:5 NIV). What sets you apart? What were you called to do? 

Fourth  She gave it her all. Approaching the king uninvited meant death, yet Esther said, “If I perish, I perish” (Est 4:16 NIV). And the result? The nation was saved and Haman was hanged on his own gallows. God’s favor—there’s nothing like it!  Favor ain't fair!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama Orders Hospitals To Grant Same-Sex Couples Visitation Rights.

If I were dying in a hospital bed, I would want a loved one to comfort me and hold my hand. It  doesn't matter whom. To me what the president did is just  common sense, and there's no reason why anyone should be opposed to this. This puts the power with the patient- where it should be.
  President Obama  signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney. On Yesterday The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation. The memo is scheduled to be made public this morning, according to an administration official and another source familiar with the White House decision.
An official said the new rule will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Waiting On The Lord Will Pay Off After While.

Have you every heard these saying: I am waiting patiently for God to act?Let go and let God” and “God will provide”?  Were did the idea that true faith means always waiting?
Especially  in tough times .Are there situations when acting in faith means taking a bold step forward? I believe so! I was reading a blog post were the author made some awesome  points. He noted that the Bible presents two modes of faith to follow, depending on the situation.

When we’re facing a situation that’s completely outside of our control, we should exercise what he calls “Level One” faith—waiting patiently for God to move. But when a situation presents an open door or an appropriate opportunity to act, then we should exercise Level Two faith which is to  Move. Scripture teaches… that we are called to exercise two different levels of faith at various times as Christians. At one level we are to be inactive and wait patiently for the Lord to move. Here faith involves believing that Christ will bring about a solution apart from any effort on our end. It is shown in so many situations in Scripture where people were either told to be still or forced to be still and wait for the Lord to act. In reality,it takes as much faith to move as it do to stand still. By moving forward we  placed ourselves  in a vulnerable position where we have  to trust God.At this level of faith  we are  active and assertive. We take initiative to find the answer to a need. And by moving forward we force ourselves to a dependence on the Lord that wouldn’t be possible if we merely sat still.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Are You A Organ Donor?

Do you no that African Americans as a whole donate their organs  less often than people of many other races?  For many people it’s a simple choice. one that makes perfect sense. But for many others, the idea of donating their organs, even when they’ve passed on, seems downright foolish and some believe it might even put their very lives in jeopardy.
Dr. Tamorie Smith is a neprhologist, treating patients with kidney disease. she says African Americans as a whole donate their organs a lot less often than people of many other races.
She says mistrust of the health care system and fear of the unknown are the major reasons. She goes on to say that some even worry they would be denied life saving treatment and allowed to die, so that their organs might go to someone waiting on a list.
With diseases like hypertension, and obesity so prevalent among African Americans and on the rise there has been an explosion in recent years of african-american-organ-donation-myths. With diseases like hypertension, and obesity so prevalent among African Americans and on the rise there has been an explosion of chronic kidney disease.It  impacts one in six adults and a half a million Americans require dialysis or a Kidney transplant.  More than 75,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants…. 30% of those people are African American. Are You A Organ Donor?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why Do The Nation Of Islam Have Such A Strong Presence In Jails And Prisons?

My son is claiming  you can be both a Christian and a part of The Nation of Islam at the same time.... His thinking is the idea  Christians are following and submitting to God, and the word Islam means submission....He claims since both are submitting to God, then they  are essentially doing the same thing....Hold on wait a minute!!!
First off, I  recognize the great and wonderful  work  the nation of Islam do within the black community... But by the same token I don't embrace nor do I support some of  there teaching...Meaning any path to God with out  Christ I am not buying...With that being said  I really  believe some one is encouraging and trying to recruit my son into the Nation of Islam... while he's in prison...Many  of you who frequent my blog on a regular are aware that my only son is during time in a prison in Alabama...I can tell from  his letters and writing  that  he's being some what  influence in his thinking  differently...He's now questioning who Jesus is and how I know   God have a Son... I want to believe Malcolm X and Mike Tyson were recruited into the Nation why they were in prison also...Anyway I tried to explain to my son...That The Nation of Islam denies the essentials of the  Christian faith and they also  rejects Jesus and His atonement for our sins...As a Christians I believe and have strong conviction that Jesus Christ, is  the only begotten Son of God...I also believe He  suffered and died in our  place on Calvary for our sin....And any  sinner that repents and puts his faith and trust in Him is forgiven and justified before God....I also believe the sinner that dies without a saving relationship with Christ will spend eternity in hell.



Sunday, April 4, 2010

“Barefoot Sunday”

This Easter, when many churchgoers sport new suits and dresses, pastors across the country will be preaching shoeless...Thousands of pastors from across the country will be preaching shoeless Easter Sunday in a campaign to raise awareness about global poverty...Some 5,000 pastors are expected to go barefoot on Easter Sunday to raise awareness about global poverty and help provide shoes for the 300 million people worldwide who lack them.

Bishop Paul S. Morton, head of the Full Gospel Baptist Church, will be preaching shoeless on Easter, and he expects 2,500 affiliated pastors to join him in supporting the campaign. Other participants include: Stephen J. Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America; Bishop James Ingram, presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Michigan pastor J. Drew Sheard, a bishop-elect in the Church of God in Christ; and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of King’s former congregation, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Don't get me wrong, it is a good cause, and I like the idea, but it bothers me when the church will  use gimmicks  to get money.Why  not  just say "This Sundays 
 collection plate" are going to buy shoes for children who need them?Instead these pastors  or  asking for ADDITIONAL donations from their congregations for this cause.


Easter Is Proof Of God's Love For Humanity.

Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter Sunday, is the most sacred day for Christians...Each year on this most holy day, we celebrate that Jesus gave his life as the supreme sign of love on behalf of all humanity, and we also rejoice that death did not have the final say over the life, lessons, and legacy of Jesus...Christians must move beyond that empty tomb that marked the very first Easter morning by affirming and believing that Jesus lives in the hearts of his faithful followers and, in turn, we have life everlasting in him... God loves us! Easter is nothing less than proof of God’s love for humanity.... It marks the continual process of God reaching out to us in order to be part of our lives....The promise that is fulfilled by Jesus on that first Resurrection Sunday—that God will be with us always—empowers us to endure the worst and best of times. Because this bittersweet tension of life is all the more intense for African American Christians, Easter has always had a particularly significant role in The Old Black Church tradition by signifying that we were serving a God of resurrection.
Because He Live I can face tomorrow.

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon,An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,Because He lives, all fear is gone;Because I know He holds the future,And life is worth the living,Just because He lives!
How sweet to hold a newborn baby,And feel the pride and joy he gives;But greater still the calm assurance:This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Members Locked Out Of Church On Easter

Church Members Say Reason Is Dispute Over Pastor, Financial Books.During one of the holiest weeks on the calendar, members of the St. Johns Baptist Church downtown Jacksonville Fl said they aren't being allowed into their home away from home because they've been locked out.
Members said a church dispute has turned into an empty house of worship, which means they'll be forced to hold their Easter service outside.  Story here!

Church To Give Away Cars & TVs At Easter Services.

One of the largest churches  in Corpus Christi Texas is giving away flat-screen televisions, skateboards, Fender guitars, furniture and 15 cars -- yes, cars -- at its Easter services Sunday.
And even those who don't win big will walk away with something. The church has gathered donations for 15,000 gift bags, each with about $300 worth of free goods and services.
"We're going to give some stuff away and say, 'Imagine how great heaven is going to be if you feel that excited about a car,"' lead Pastor Bil Cornelius said. "It's completely free -- all you have to do is receive him.
The pastor  hopes the prizes will help the church  lure people who don't normally go to church or those who have lapsed in their faith.
"A lot of people won't come to Easter services because they think, Well, I haven't been good,"' Cornelius said. "Well, that's not free. That's not what it's about. You don't have to be good' to come to church."
The prizes are meant as a metaphor for Cornelius' Easter message of what he calls the ultimate giveaway. Just as the prizes are free for the winners, so is heaven. But someone first had to pay for all the cars and furniture and TVs, as Jesus paid for peoples' sins.
"The ultimate giveaway is that Jesus gave his life for us," Cornelius said. "When we think about the spirit of giving, we always think about Christmas. But really the ultimate spirit of giving is Easter.

Holy Saturday!

Holy Saturday is the day Jesus rested in the tomb... It is traditionally a day of quiet meditation as Christians contemplate the darkness of a world without a future and without hope apart from God and his grace...we no that in the Old Testament tabernacle there were different items of furniture such as the table of showbread representing our need for fellowship the lamp stand representing our need for light and understanding, etc...But there were no chairs. Why? The priest's work was never finished!... He couldn't sit down...But after Jesus cried "It is finished" He returned to heaven and sat down at the right hand of His Father-the work of redemption was complete!.. The Greek words for "It is finished" literally mean "paid in full!" Christ death covers our every sin from the cradle to the grave. And for us to offer our filthy works as partial payment is a slap in Gods face...We can't add to a finished work! We no that weeping may endure for a night but Joy comes in the morning. (Psa 30:5).

Friday, April 2, 2010

God Is Not A Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Hindu.

This is the bold title of Bishop Carlton Pearson new book ...Which was  inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu's striking words, "God is not a Christian." Bishop Carlton Pearson the one-time protégé of Oral Roberts...  Have hit the book  stores with a new controversy book entitle "GOD IS NOT A CHRISTIAN, NOR A JEW, MUSLIM, HINDU…: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us" Pearson who once was  a dynamic and popular preacher ordained by the Church of God in Christ is no stranger to controversy....A couple of years ago Pearson said some  things that shock the black church.... He publicly stated there is no such thing as hell, and he embraced homosexual men and women.... Pearson fell out of favor with a lot of Christians when he openly advocated a universalism approach to salvation...From reading some of the reviews of the book... It looks like the bishop  take  it to the next  level in the book...He  completely distance  himself from his Pentecostal roots and aligning himself with the New Thought movement...An American spiritual philosophy that emphasizes the power of thought to affect circumstances...Christ said I am THE way THE life THE TRUTH NO one will see God unless they follow ME(CHRIST). That statement alone is obviously  God is not "a follower of Jesus Christ", and therefore is not a Christian.... Only human can be  Christians...I think  the bishop purposely use that title to sells books.

Good Friday!

Good Friday is the day that Christians all over the world observe and honor the crucifixion and death of Jesus.... this day represents the suffering of Jesus which is represented in all four of the Gospels.... this suffering also represented the week prior to the crucifixion of Jesus called the Passion of Christ.... This passion, meaning suffering, is an extreme time of pain in the life of Jesus.
Good Friday falls on the last Friday before Easter... It 's a day to show humility and reverence....many Christians observe this as a day of prayer and fasting...Crosses and chairs may be draped in black.... During Holy week, you will often see a cross either inside a church or outside draped in black or purple cloth.... The service of worship is traditionally offered between noon and 3:00 p.m., the time that coincides with the hours that Jesus hung on the cross... Good Friday is not a holiday but a religious observance,most Christian have to work and are only available to attend an evening service. Good Friday evening services are commonplace in the black church.
Often used as a somber processional for the Good Friday Service, the hymn “Calvary “is effective in helping sustain a reflective meditative mood. Ministers are traditionally robed in black for this service. This song identifies with the suffering of Christ...I love Richard Smallwood version of Calvary.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Should Convicted Felons Have Voting Rights?

I believe after prisoners  have served their sentence and paid their debt to society they should be allow to vote... Why do we continue to punish them? There are some  states that  prohibit convicted felons from voting...My home state of  Alabama Is one of those states...Even after they have served their full sentence they still cannot vote...Now I  agree if convicted  of a felony  you lose your  voting rights...But once you have done your time why can't a person vote?


By denying convicted felons the right to vote, even after they have served their full term is wrong...We are  saying  to them there's  no forgiveness...It's like  punishment without grace or hope...The practice of denying voting rights  is rooted in racism...Our history shows that depriving convicted felons of their voting privileges was & is aimed at preventing black Americans from voting.... And even today, blacks make up  a large percentage of those who have been disenfranchised due to felony convictions. If the intent of the practice is to remove minorities from the voting process, then I say  it's working pretty well.


Maundy Thursday!


Today is “Maundy Thursday which is the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet on the eve of Passover and tomorrow is Good Friday followed by Black Saturday and then Easter Sunday.”The name "Maundy Thursday" is derived from Jesus "mandate" to love one another as he loves us... I remember growing up in a church were feet washing was part of the Holy Week Celebration... it is a powerful testimony to us all who are call to serve... in which we find love for others.... feet washing has been a significant act throughout the old black Church....you had some churches that wash feet before communion and some who did not... growing up I would ask why are they doing this...now I understand what is behind this practice of feet washing... it help us understand Jesus thinking.... it's not robbery to take the feet of the disciples who would take the Gospel into the world...the idea of living out personal victory with our feet is very powerful...for example...we can walk away from sin by walking to life.