I wasn’t supposed to be here… 1.2 GPA end of my junior year of high school Smoking weed every day Selling weed Three minor in possessions of alcohol all by the age of 17 40 hours of community service I had to take an extra class to graduate high school I had zero basketball/academic scholarships … More I Wasn’t Supposed To Be Here
I once had a deep trauma when it came to talking in front of people and asking for help. I’m not just talking about speaking in public spaces but in one on one conversations. Let me share a couple of personal stories with you. I was at McDonald’s in college with my teammate JB … More Living Through Trauma
If you are a Christian and you do not believe justice is Biblical, you have a hole in your theology. If you are a Christian and you care more about other’s vertical reconciliation (getting them to heaven) than their horizontal reconciliation (justice here on earth), you have a hole in your gospel.
In my humanity, I remain fallen I try to stand but I can’t In me lies no good thing So I lay in shame I soak in my choices Drenched with guilt I’m left with no other choice but to point and blame
Pick Up Your Cross The heaviness of my heart belongs to You LordYou bore my sins, carried my grief and sorrowYou became one of us so that we could become like You This weight I hold is not mine to carry aloneEven toward Golgaltha, You gave opportunity for one of us to carry the crossToday, … More Pick Up Your Cross
In Luke 6, on a Sabbath day (a day of rest), Jesus passes through the fields where his homies, the disciples, were hanging out. They were picking grain, shaking them in their hands like a pack of skittles, and tearing them up. (I don’t know why I want to put a laugh out loud right … More Don’t Miss The Miracle
Originally posted as a guest post on Andrew Voigt’s blog Unmet expectations are at the core of our frustrations. If you are anything like me, I’m sure you have a list of standards and expectations that you expect to live out and accomplish. What if I were to tell you that the standards and expectations you … More Unmet Expectations
Majority of minorities/people of color have been taught since a young age to suppress feelings, to fight through, to not talk about struggles and trauma which has led to many turning to substances, drinking, sex, money, etc… For many of us who grew up in the hood/lower economic areas we didn’t have resources nor the … More Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness
I believe the gifts God has given us is exactly what we need. What happens when we look outward first at others is we begin to walk away from the full potential of our God given gifts. Looking outward at the gifts of others will place you and I on an island of comparison. An … More Desire the Greater Gifts!
Hey everyone! I recently had the chance to write for Rooted Ministry. I hope you enjoy this conversation! At Rooted, we’ve started asking ourselves an important question: How can we equip parents and other leaders of youth to help their teens foster authentic interracial relationships, as part of God’s design for his kingdom? What follows is … More Growing a Multiethnic Ministry: Conversation with J. Scott Samarco