• Long before commercial cemeteries came into our culture, cemeteries were the responsibility of the church and other religious organizations. I am not aware of any church cemetery abusing or exploiting grieving […]

  • “You are either a part of the solution or you are a part of the problem. Choose this day which will you be.”

    — Benjamin L. Hooks

  • Once again our society has opened the door to materialism and we will loose another sacred day of  worship, family devotion and family fellowship. Traditionally, employers gave their workers  Thanksgiving Day off […]

  • L. LaSimba Gray, Jr. changed their profile picture 1 year, 9 months ago

  • L. LaSimba Gray, Jr. changed their profile picture 1 year, 9 months ago

  • Our elected officials some “guts” — a vision and sensitivity to serve the people rather than the power brokers and special interests. Memphis needs a new revenue source. We can not continue to increase the property taxes of the people and allow the corporations and wealthy landowners to prosper on reduced taxes and no taxes. [...]

  • Our problems are rooted in our priorities. Republican legislative proposals indicate that we are more concerned with filling private jails and prisons than we in reducing crime and increasing graduation rates of our youth. We seem to have a pathological propensity to develop large military budgets to stockpile guided missiles and not regulate the…[Read more]

  • What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? The faith community realizes our responsibility to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked and to provide shelter for the homeless, because Jesus taught us in Matthew 25:31-46. We make genuine efforts to meet our responsibilities and yet these [...]

  • What is your favorite verse of holy scripture and why? My favorite scripture is First Psalm — In this passage, we find a direct correlation between faithfulness and blessings. When we are faithful in reading and meditating on God’s word, wisdom, and ways, we obligate God to Bless us. God promises prosperity, productivity, and protection in [...]

  • Memphis is the second most generous city in the country, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. According to the publication: “Religion plays a major role in how much money Americans give to charity. The parts of the country that tend to be more religious are also more generous.” Why is this true? [...]

  • What should Memphis City Council do? Are sexual orientation and gender identity an employment issue, a civil rights issue or a faith issue? Again we see the on-going efforts of the radical Gay/Lesbian Movement to legitimatize a life style in the American Culture. The strategy is to make an abnormal life style the normal, and shame [...]

  • The ethics of anonymous online commenting: I have never written a letter to the editor of any publication without revealing my identity. In fact the prerequisite for publishing my comments and opinions has always been to identify myself. Am I missing something in this argument? I have been in enough legal battles to understand and appreciate [...]

  • What accounts for our such low and declining confidence in ‘the church or organized religion’? I have always had a justifiable paranoia of polls as it relates to their being comprehensive, accurate and inclusive. In my 44 years of professional life, I have only been polled once(is this unusual?) I do not know many African-Americans who [...]

  • Tell us about The Teacher Who Changed My Life – and why. I am blessed to have been touched by many outstanding teachers in the course of my development. My teachers at Grant Elementary and Hamilton High School went beyond the class room exercises to teach us about achieving in life. Teaching, to them, was more [...]

  • Earle Fisher will note in a guest column this Saturday, “One of the most prevalent and plausible critiques of the faith community is that when it comes to matters of sexual abuse and domestic violence, the church practices ‘sacred silence.’ ” Do you agree? What can we do to provide a safe place for dialogue regarding [...]

  • In a recent interview, Rev. Franklin Graham questioned the Christian credentials of President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He apologized Tuesday for questioning President Obama’s faith. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, members of the NAACP’s religious roundtable called on Graham and all Christian leaders to “refrain from using…[Read more]

  • Too often, the church ignores or dismisses the impact of culture on the churched until a tragedy takes place like the untimely death of Whitney Houston. We remember Ms. Houston’s soul-stirring performances, and we marvel at the awards she collected, the albums she sold and the money she made with such hits as “I Will [...]

  • Should grieving be considered a psychiatric disorder? How do you define grief? How do you counsel or minister to those who are grieving? Can/should grief be medicated? Grieving should not be considered as a disorder. Grieving is as natural as quickly withdrawing a finger because of pain. Grieving is a response to an emotional pain and [...]

  • Does God care who wins football games? And what do you think of Tim Tebow and his public displays of devotion? Tebowmania has caught America by a storm because of the culture of materialism and self aggrandizement is experiencing an individual willing to be different. Evidently no one told Tebow about political correctness. Therefore, he proceeds [...]

  • When someone we know is nearing death, how do we help them die with dignity? How do we help the family navigate the medical desire to preserve life at all cost? How can we prepare to die with dignity? Death and dying are inevitable aspects of life; too often we live without adequately preparing to die. [...]

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