I love the Bible. I hug my Bible on a regular basis for its power to inspire and change me. I named my blog The Studious Mom because studying the Bible has been my favorite thing to do since I became a Christian in 1981. Yes, my faith in God and scriptures are tested by … Continue reading The Bible is for living, not for quoting
Years ago, as our family ate the church for lunch after Sunday service, our precocious youngest child blurted out: "Are we gossiping?" It was a powerful, embarrassing moment; proof that when you teach children principles of kindness, they will hold you to account. That day we were inadvertently teaching our children how to critique the … Continue reading I gave up Trump for Lent. Here’s what happened.
I recently read a book written by historian Charles Dew entitled The Making of a Racist. Born in 1937, Dew grew up in Florida and he describes how the Jim Crow South shaped his young mind. Dew says he learned more through osmosis than through verbal instruction, but his parents’ behaviors, along with community narratives venerating … Continue reading Seeing Our Bias Part III: It’s Time to Grow Up
Last fall, I shed my bias against police. This was no easy feat. I pretty much hated police. Like 99% of black people in America, I grew up understanding that racial profiling, police brutality, and unjust sentencing were the norm in America. In fact, jokes about police brutality were a staple in the black community … Continue reading Seeing Our Bias Part II: How I Overcame My Bias Against Police
After offering well-scripted talking points during an interview on CNN, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson choked up as he described how the recent arrest of two black men affected him personally. Spending time with the men was especially meaningful, and it has made him determined to fix the bias in his company. He said the effort is a … Continue reading Seeing Our Bias Part I: Discomfort Required
Three years ago, I cut ties with my favorite coffee shop. I am not one to spend tons of money on coffee, but this particular place has plenty of seating, making it the perfect location to meet with donors for private conversations. The owner knew me, saw me there often, greeted me often, waited on … Continue reading Why I Cut Ties with My Favorite Coffee Shop