rethinking

A Disability-Oriented Reading of Scripture As some of you might know, I have the awesome privilege of preaching in my church from time to time. Today I like to share the audio file on my last preaching opportunity at Newton Covenant Church. I would like to thank my Pastor and friend Dr. Garrett Smith for the opportunity to share the message of the Word of God with the congregation. This is a tough sermon without a doubt. I am asking my listeners to appropriate the message of John 9, and apply it to the life of those families and individuals facing… Continue Reading

And who is my neighbor? Often times we think this is the question that the parable of “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10″25-27) seeks to answer. A closer look at the context of this narrative reveals that the issue at hand is more complex than it seems. Rather than being able to identify our “neighbors”, Jesus wants the “expert in the law” to ponder whether “he is a neighbor” to others. This kind of task requires a type of transformation that only the “Spirit of the living God” can provide. *** A sermon preached at Newton Presbyterian Church on July 17,… Continue Reading

I usually do not respond to most of the articles I read. I usually do not have the time to do so. In other occasions, I just don’t think is worth the effort. However, the article I am about to respond to is definitely an exception to my own rules. There are occasions were I just need to respond. Maybe you will agree with me. Days before writing this entry I read an article published by the Gospel Coalition from a prominent Black Preacher from Texas, Rev. Voddie Baucham where he used Galatians 6:7 to claim that Michael Brown “reaped… Continue Reading

I usually do not respond to most of the articles I read. I usually do not have the time to do so. In other occasions, I just don’t think is worth the effort. However, the article I am about to respond to is definitely an exception to my own rules. There are occasions were I just need to respond. Maybe you will agree with me. Days before writing this entry I read an article published by the Gospel Coalition from a prominent Black Preacher from Texas, Rev. Voddie Baucham where he used Galatians 6:7 to claim that Michael Brown “reaped… Continue Reading

it is Jesus who takes the initiative to meet each one of us in our own sycamore trees. Despite our dirty and tainted “reputations” Jesus acknowledges his desire to spend time with us regardless of what the crowd around us might think. It really does not matter how smart or clever we are, or how tall or short we are, or even how expensive our spy glasses are! The best of our own efforts can only grants us the opportunity to be “bystanders” in God’s kingdom. It is only through God’s invitation to dine with us and to coinhabit those spaces we call “home” that our lives can be genuinely transform for good.

**** Para versión en Español  oprima aquí! Key Text for Today: 1 Timothy 6:7-11 Today, Monday is a good time to reflect and prepare for the challenges we will face during this week. Therefore, I want to draw your attention to a very important passage in the first letter to Timothy. Our key text for today invites us to reflect on the various ways in which the “world” measures success. Like today, in ancient times there were many who valued their lives according to their accumulated wealth and possessions.