“A Shard of Glass in Your Gut”

For most of this fall, our church has been dwelling in a handful of chapters from the back-end of Matthew’s gospel.  Matthew 22-25 contains long, at times unbroken stretches of words out of the mouth of Jesus.  Words to the religious leaders of Israel, words to his disciples, words to the hovering crowds.  Words of clarification and […]

If We Burn, You Burn With Us

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Katniss delivers a powerful line: We could take this at a simple level of a threat, like “We aren’t going down without a fight.” In the context of the greater themes of the series, though, I don’t think we should read it that simply. Here’s how @deray, a protester in Ferguson these last few months, put it: “If we burn, you burn with us” is Katniss’ statement about the shared human experience. To murder your own people is to kill humanity. That’s how I would take it. Even practically within the movie, the point was made that the Capitol cannot afford to lose the districts …

Black Lives Matter

What does a white, middle-class, cisgendered Protestant American male have to say about being black in America, especially in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision? Well, not too much. So, I’m not talking, I’m listening. There are others with far more insightful and important things to say than I. The best thing I […]

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Ferguson Grand Jury No-Decision is in

A community has been asked to hold the impossible tonight: the pain and pressure of broken hope. Ferguson has been striving to retain the dignity and hope they deserve, and tonight’s no-decision on Michael Browns killing has denied them. I grieve the angst and energy which seemingly has no where to go. Many are angry, […]

Towards an Ethic of Self-Love (Part 2 of a 2 Part Series)

To view the first post in this two part series head over to: http://debdebbarak.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/towards-an-ethic-of-self-love-part-1-of-a-2-part-series/?preview=true&preview_id=2003.  The following is a poem I recently wrote on the theme of Self-Love: How easy is it To read the words of Scripture To attempt to pour truths over our own lives To vibrantly, passionately live in Christ, All the while … Continue reading

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