Category: Family

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Finding Comfort in my Limitations

It is no secret that ministers like to solve problems.  On any given day, I come across several opportunities to use my skills for the benefit of someone in need.  Often, these opportunities can be overwhelming.   For example, yesterday I found out that my little cousin was having trouble coming up with enough money to travel to and from school. … Read more →

Adam and Eve after the Fall

The Art of Shifting Blame

It’s a habit that goes back to the beginning of our species…literally.  Ever since the Garden of Eden, human beings have been finding creative ways not to take responsibility for our actions.  It all started with Adam blaming Eve (and by default God for creating Eve) after he decided to eat that forbidden fruit.  Then Eve followed suit by blaming… Read more →

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The Power of Children

It started out as a normal Sunday morning.  I had arrived to service just in time for my praise and worship set after picking up my mother from her house.  As usual, I struggled to come up with appropriate song choices.  There are only a few songs that work well during praise and worship at my church, but I often… Read more →

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My Father’s Pedestal

Last weekend, I decided to visit my uncle’s church for Men’s Bible Study.  It had been a few months since I had seen anyone in my father’s family, so I figured it was about time I make an appearance.  However, I am always a bit ambivalent about attending this Bible Study.  It feels awkward. The first time I attended this… Read more →

Broadening My Perspective

Last Saturday, I reluctantly attended a church concert to watch the Mass Choir from my old church perform.   Although I tend to avoid traditional church events, I figured it would be a good opportunity to build my ministerial network in Philadelphia.  It is true that I came into ministry through my home church in Philadelphia, but I spent most of… Read more →

As My Parents Age

There comes a time in every child’s life when he realizes that he has a responsibility to take care of his parents.  Since I am my mother’s only child and she had me at a late age, it is safe to say that the time came in my life much earlier than anticipated.  She and my father divorced years ago. … Read more →