Christ First

I’m guessing this might be a good time to continue my blog about racial reconciliation in Christ.  I have a few goals that I want to complete by December 31, 2019.  First, I want to finish reading N.T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone.  Second, and more importantly, I have set out some Christian disciplines that I want to follow everyday: 1) Pray the Lord’s Prayer every morning; 2) Read a Devotional From Tony Dungy’s Uncommon; 3) Read a section from the New Testament everyday.  As most of you know, I am an historian and spend most of my time writing the next university press book or academic article.  I believe God has a plan for me to reach out to my brothers and sisters in Christ through my historical knowledge and hope for some form of racial reconciliation.  My goal will be to update this blog with some scripture when I can.












John 13:12-17

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?”he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

This is one of my favorite pieces of Scripture because it reminds me that we must humble ourselves to the teaching of Jesus Christ.  It is so easy to hate and feel violent toward those who wish to harm us.  I watch the news and read about the hateful people out there who want to hurt people for no other reason than we disagree with them politically.  How sad.  But, the proper Christian response to this is to wash their feet.  Being Christian means washing the feet of those who hate us and would hurt us because we might have a different skin color or religious belief.  God calls us to something much higher.

John 20:29

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

This verse reminds me that I must put my faith in God.  Although I might not have seen Jesus, I can still believe in Him and His work on the Cross.  The evil ways of this world underline the importance for me to focus on the things that matter: Jesus, my wife, my daughter, and my church.  Amen!

Matthew 3

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

There is always an opportunity to tell your child that you love her or him.