Category: Ministry

Different

Different Isn’t Always Bad: A Performance Reflection

Last Saturday, I participated in the Praise and Power Concert, which benefitted the building fund of New Bethel Ministries.  I was invited to participate because a good friend of mine from high school was largely responsible for planning the event.  He had always been supportive of my musical endeavors even when I wasn’t fully convinced of the gift that God… Read more →

Sisterhood

Thoughts on The Sisterhood

Last night, I reluctantly watched the series premiere of TLC’s new show The Sisterhood, which follows the lives of Christina, Ivy, Domonique, Tara, and DeLana (who did not appear in the first episode)–five pastor’s wives in Atlanta.  My reluctance stemmed from the way African American women are typically portrayed on reality television.  (If you don’t think my concerns were valid, watch… Read more →

Prayer

My Hiatus Prayer

A few weeks ago, I made the decision to take a break from this blog.  I realized that I was very stressed out about some things that were happening in my life and I didn’t necessarily want this blog to become the place where I aired all that dirty laundry.  Instead, I figured that I should step away and dedicate… Read more →

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Eight Years Ago Today

Eight years ago today, I preached my first sermon.  I still have trouble accepting that so much time has passed, but I realize that my life has changed a lot since the first time I stepped into a pulpit.  This post is going to focus on four of those changes. 1.  I am much more comfortable in my own skin.… Read more →

Changes

Preparing for a Coming Change

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be headed out of town this week for my fraternity’s national conference in Atlanta, which is also the location of Ministerial Life’s first speaking engagement.  Although I am not all that excited about dealing with some of the behind-the-scenes issues that come with conferences, I am excited about leaving my regular life behind for… Read more →

Questions

Pornography vs. Romance Novels

I was scrolling through my personal Twitter feed when I noticed an amusing tweet from one of my little brothers in Christ. All these women going crazy for 50 shades of gray. Let a grown man go crazy about naughty nurses 92 and he'll be shunned from society. — fmoi: Louie_V_Baby (@LouieVBaby21) July 26, 2012 After I finished laughing, I… Read more →

BadNeighbor

Difficult Neighbors

The day my mother purchased her first home is still one of the proudest moments of my life.  At the time, I was a freshman in high school.  We had been living in an apartment for almost as long as she and my father had been separated.  It was exciting to know that we were going to be moving to… Read more →