Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Are you looking for something to do with your children this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?  If they are old enough, I would recommend taking them to see a movie: Selma.

My husband and I saw Selma last week, and it has stayed with me.  We have come a long way toward racial reconciliation, but recent events have reminded us how far we have yet to go.

It’s been fifty years since the events of Selma, and perhaps we have forgotten what it cost Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead our country toward equal rights.  We may have put him on a pedestal, thinking about him on this holiday, without remembering just how overwhelming and evil was his opposition.  We don’t always take time to thoughtfully remember what he did.

Selma will remind you.

The Boston Globe reviewer, Ty Burr, said that the aim of the movie is  “to breathe life back into the statue this man has become.”

Selma will remind you

that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Christian who knew that racism was wrong.

 He was a flawed and sinful human being

who made the decision to non-violently change the law.

He was smart, morally determined, and yet he had doubts.  Who wouldn’t?

He was a man who took a hard and dangerous road and dared to challenge racism.

I remember him today.

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God is Active in Your Life…Whether You Know it or Not

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The book of Esther is one of the best reads in the Bible.  If you haven’t read it, I highly encourage it.  The book never mentions God,  prayer, or any overtly religious practice, yet it tells a story that can … Continue reading

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Fiction and Non-Fiction: A Year of Reading

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It’s a life-long habit of mine to leave a novel next to my bed, and I cannot go to sleep without reading at least a few pages.  A good book gently removes the cares of the day from my mind while I get absorbed … Continue reading

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Christmas is Behind Us; Its Reality is With Us

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Christmas is behind us.   It was wonderful, and I am astonished once again at what God did for us.  Good family memories, fun stuff, and a few cookies are its left-overs.  It is almost time to take down the decorations, (a chore no … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

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Christmas was a wonderful time of the year for me when I was a child. Cookies, parties, church services and gifts were among the featured attractions, and I took full advantage of them.  Still do. We celebrated Jesus’s birth too. In my family the celebration of Jesus’s birth was central and … Continue reading

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A Year of Thanksgiving

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While we’re devouring turkey, stuffing, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie, among other goodies, I hope we won’t forget what we’re celebrating.  This year I am especially grateful. I thank God for life, for another day, another year, of living.  After having a stroke in … Continue reading

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Christians Should Confound Expectations

What would happen if someone began to publicly speak and act according to genuine reality; Kingdom of God reality?  I think that person would completely mess with cultural expectations. Jesus did exactly that. Jesus did not directly confront religious or political … Continue reading

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When God Blows It Away

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“What you brought home, I blew away.”  Any guesses as to where that verse is in the Bible?  (Keep reading:) One appealing aspect of Community Bible Study is the thoroughness of the Biblical texts that we study. When we’re going through a course, I teach … Continue reading

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Two Tiers for Life Roles

My husband and I don’t know what to do.  He had the opportunity to pursue a second career by going to seminary, which he did exceedingly well, graduating in May of 2012.  He has yet to find a ministry position.  Close, … Continue reading

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Life Purpose: Happy Accident or Serious Discovery?

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Is finding one’s purpose in life a happy accident of living, or must it be discovered on purpose? I think the answer to that question is….Yes.  I would never have imagined that I’d be doing what I’m doing today, and therefore it must be … Continue reading

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