Seeing Our Bias Part II: How I Overcame My Bias Against Police

Last fall, I shed my bias against police. This was no easy feat. I pretty much hated police. Like 99% of black people in America, I grew up understanding that racial profiling, police brutality, and unjust sentencing were the norm in America. In fact, jokes about police brutality were a staple in the black community…

Seeing Our Bias Part I: Discomfort Required

After offering well-scripted talking points during an interview on CNN,  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson choked up as he described how the recent arrest of two black men affected him personally. Spending time with the men was especially meaningful, and it has made him determined to fix the bias in his company. He said the effort is a…

Why I Cut Ties with My Favorite Coffee Shop

Three years ago, I cut ties with my favorite coffee shop. I am not one to spend tons of money on coffee, but this particular  place has plenty of seating, making it the perfect location to meet with donors for private conversations. The owner knew me, saw me there often, greeted me often, waited on…

When You’re Feeling Worthless

Motherhood, the Christian life, and life in general offer many opportunities for feeling flawed and hopeless. When we sin, we feel unworthy of God’s love. When we make parenting mistakes, we feel our children deserve better. When family and friends reject us, we feel despised. I am beginning to realize how much of my adult…

Will There Ever Be Another MLK?

  I have often wondered why no other man or woman has filled the shoes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but the answer is simple: no one can. King was often compared to Moses of the Bible who led the children of Israel out of slavery toward the Promised Land. Just as there was…

What does it mean to cover sin?

I’ve spent the past three days staring at the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of a condo at Kiawah Island. There’s nothing quite like spending time with God as nature stares back, speaking truth. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean.  Micah 7.19 (MSG) That’s where God wants our sins. Thrown where…