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Tips on Being an Ally from the Golden Globes

Want to be a white ally? Three tips from the 2018  Golden Globes. PRESENCE. White evangelical leaders should be asking themselves what their presence at an event, institution, or publication means. If you agree to speak at an event that that does not include the voices, concerns or narrative of people of color you are saying something to me. If you are a male who feels super proud of a publication or event you have […]

Story Table: Faith and Fear

On  May 25, 2017, Fuller hosted an episode of The Story Table in Chicago. I joined fellow guests Mark Labberton, (President, Fuller Seminary), Marshall Hatch Sr. (Senior Pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church), Wayne L. Gordon (Pastor of Lawndale Community Church), Reggie Williams (Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary) and Shannon J. Kershner (Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church) in a conversation on Faith and Fear.

Who Is A Woman You Take With You?

Who is a woman you take on this trip with you? This was the question that was asked of us as we started this #rubywoopilgrimage last night.  The first person I always think of is my mother. Not just because she is beautiful and compassionate, but because of the courage it took to move to a new country and re-establish herself. My mother is still the woman I take with me everywhere I go when […]

Hear Our Cry: For Those Affected by Domestic Violence

September 24th was Safe Church Sunday for the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Esperanza Rosario (leader of the prayer team and the Director of Community Outreach) and Elsie Rodriguez (Elder) at Grace and Peace Church, wrote this prayer to be shared in churches across North America. Please share with your congregations as you consider that this is not merely an issue of outreach. Two in five Evangelical Pastors know a church member who has experienced […]

Cinco De Mayo and Worship: Appropriation or Appreciation?

“Friday is the day Mexican culture get appropriated by everyone- florists, classrooms, bars, social media. You don’t deserve the joy and beauty of tacos margaritas, brightly colored decor, if you are not ready to stand with and advocate for the people whose culture you are co-opting. #5demayo” After I posted this, I got reposts and responses. (not all happy) Along with being told by a white person that my statement was ridiculous, I was asked by another […]

Questions In The Calling

“How in the world did I end up here? Lord, why me? Why now?” As I pack up my car to head the to the Calvin Worship Symposium, I can’t help but have a conversation with the Lord. “How did I end up here?” As a seminary student, whenever I would ask a professor for resources on worship, they would point me to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW).  I was told that was […]

The Gift Of Native Worship

*Photo courtesy of Native Christian leader Charles Robinson Experiencing Native American dance (Urbana03), Aztec song and dance (CCDA10), and prayers/communion by a tribal leader with their headdress worn (#prayforreform) have been some of the most powerful times of worship. Each of these experiences reminded me that we must work hard to re-imagine worship that includes the distinctive of all peoples. All of our God-given cultural beauty can be offered in our worship to the praise […]

Worship with InterVarsity in the New Year

Worship is not about entertainment! Worship draws us together as a community into God’s presence and his mission. It is fully about God and it fully involves us.  When we gather across differences to celebrate our distinctives, God is honored.  Creating atmospheres in worship where people can experience reconciliation, healing and deliverance and move towards a life of just worship inspires me to wake up in the morning. InterVarsity student life introduced me to a […]