mask of affluence

Halloween can be a fun form of fear as we put on mask and costumes.  Those mask are easily recognizable.  Less recognizable are the mask we carry with us into work, school, friendships and other interactions.  Of these mask, the scariest one is the mask of affluence.  So let’s explore what this mask is, three…

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Stunned.  Numb.  Too overwhelmed for words, as two more black men lost their lives this week to police violence.  This was a week of further racial divides. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?  Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?  Why do you…

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We all want “justice to roll down like water” Am. 5:24, but how does that happen?  For many, the Amos analogy feels more like Niagra Falls, than a rolling river.  Some think of justice as the combatting of injustice and injustice is overwhelming.  Others think of justice as an abstract philosophical principal that is difficult…

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The annual Justice Conference was held in Chicago last weekend.  Chicago will be the new home for the conference as thousands gathered from around the world to seek justice together.  Here are quick highlights: Cornell West:  Cornell is no stranger to controversy, but he refrained from major political commentary and brought powerful words for the…

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The moment comes.  Maybe a friend is introducing you to someone new.  Maybe you are introducing yourself.  But the moment comes.  You stretch out your hand and say… What.  What do you say?  There is power in introductions.  You may only have a moment to make an impression and what you say matters.  Most of…

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  Our nation continues to watch events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of Michael Brown.  Many are outraged at another death of a black youth at the hands of white police.  Some in their outrage looted and vandalized stores.  Others peacefully gathered and marched.  Images of tear gas, tanks and police in riot…

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Last week I was in Washington DC where Jenny Yang provided a presentation on the present immigration challenges facing our nation, including the connection between immigration and trafficking.  Jenny is co-author of the book Welcoming the Stranger.  She is one of the leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table that recently released a highly acclaimed documentary…

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of every three — live in biological father-absent homes. Nine in ten American parents agree this is a “crisis. Absent fathers impact numerous social issues chronicled well by the National Fatherhood Initiative.  That organization has helpful tools and statistics. As we…

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