Racial Reconciliation

Drinking Together – Reflections on a Common Cup & Racial Reconciliation in the Church

As a father of four, my drinks are constantly being commandeered by a child. No one taught me that this was necessary. It just came with the territory as a parent. We are family. We drink after one another. We do not think twice about it. It is just one of the rhythms of our life together. In the New Testament, the church of Jesus Christ also embraced such familial rhythms. Each week, Christians gathered to partake of the Lord’s…

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United and Equal

There are a lot of people in our area that are familiar with the late Sam Cooke’s song, “A Change is Gonna Come.” What many are not familiar with though, is the conflict that provoked the writing of that enduring civil rights anthem. While traveling through the Shreveport area in the fall of 1963, Cooke, his family, and his band attempted to lodge at a “white-only” Holiday Inn. This attempt, as one can sadly imagine during the brutal times of…

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