Gratitude and Gumption

From my thoughts on Sunday:  “The essential ingredients of a good life are gratitude & gumption – which is to say thankfulness for God’s faithfulness and a commitment to God’s call; appreciation for the gift that is life, and appropriation … Continue reading

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To Members and Friends of KBC

–The contents of this letter were mailed to congregants on Jan. 5, 2015– It is with a spectrum of manifold emotions that I write to inform you that I am a candidate for the pastorate of the Metro Baptist Church … Continue reading

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On the Grand Jury Announcement

On the Grand Jury Announcement I have mixed emotions about adding to the cacophony of words written and spoken about the Grand Jury’s decision, and the aftermath, last night.   But I feel compelled to bear witness to where I think … Continue reading

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A Few Things I’ve Learned (re-learned) Recently

On Friday I attended another meeting of clergy trying to grapple with how to be a positive force for good in our current city crisis.  In a few trips to, and a few meetings about, “Ferguson” I’ve observed some things … Continue reading

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Making Connections…

Court Decisions, Hand’s On Service, Symphony Protests, & the Gospel of Jesus “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”  Dorothy Day What a weekend.  For we who care deeply about the … Continue reading

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Timeless Inspiration

A church member recently sent me a link to an article with this headline:  “Reclusive Deity Hasn’t Written A New Book In 2,000 Years.”   This mid-article sentence is all you need to read to get the sense of the piece:  … Continue reading

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Understanding and the tragedy of Michael Brown

Michael Brown’s killing this week, and it’s aftermath, is a reminder of the fragile state, the fractured state, of our cities race relations.   It is a tragedy with no final explanation, but one that calls for ongoing understanding. Karl Marx … Continue reading

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Boy Problems…

 I have a friend who teaches at a Christian college who recently told me a story about a male student who took it on himself to correct the way a few students dressed.  Not, of course, male students.   He targeted … Continue reading

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Macau/Singapore

I think it is impossible to put into words the gift KBC (you) have given to the seven teens and 4 adults who went on the mission/conference trip to Macau/Singapore. The opportunity was extraordinary and generous. It was transformative and … Continue reading

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From the Organ Dedication 10 years ago

“From the Organ Dedication 10 years ago” How Sweet the Sound – a meditation on the occasion of an Organ Dedication (Quimby Opus 56 at Kirkwood Baptist Church, St. Louis) Based on Psalm 81:1-5 and 95:1-7 Scott Stearman, Ph.D. June … Continue reading

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