• Lack of good jobs in Memphis is more than an economic problem, says Dr. Chris Scruggs of Advent Presbyterian Church. “It’s also a spiritual problem. If we do not create an environment in which people can find good jobs, we deprive our children of the opportunity to use their unique God-given talents, gifts and abilities. We [...]

  • Should our suburbs form their own school systems? How might this help or hurt the community at large? 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 : Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, [...]

  • What was (or is) your reaction to this photo? What are your hopes (or prayers) for the new board? Dr. Maxie Dunham and I had the privilege of closing the swearing in ceremony with a benediction. The picture in the Commercial Appeal was taken as we asked them to stand in solidarity with us. Two pastors. [...]

  • Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. How has America changed since then? How did 9/11 change faith in America? What impact did 9/11 have on the soul of America? From my mid 20′s until now I remember my favorite vista in the world. About 10 p.m., with the strains of deep-voiced Vaughn Harper [...]

  • What’s your view of public prayer at public school and other government sponsored or funded or organized events? What should and should not be allowed and why? A book of fairytales. Myths. Superstitions. That is how some view the Bible and those who claim a religion as part of their worldview. America is a Christian nation. This is [...]

  • A few months before he was killed in the line of duty, Memphis Police Officer Timothy Warren made a YouTube video expressing his deep internal struggle between his “Two Paths” – between a Christian “life of service, compassion, seeking and forbearance” and a life in “police authority, command and governance.” “Which path to follow?” Officer…[Read more]

  • As a native New Yorker, I have for almost the past 30 years driven over the world famous Brooklyn Bridge, looking at the skyline of lower Manhattan before turning onto the FDR Drive. This trip, begun in earlier years out of necessity, has now become a ritual every time I have the opportunity to visit. [...]

  • What gives you hope? Every living being needs hope. And when hope is extinguished, life ends. For some of us, this may mean that we simply exist, similar to the zombies of horror movies. This is the state of many in our society. This is what causes wanderlust in some marriages, self-destruction by drugs and riotous [...]

  • How can we live responsibly as devout and faithful adherents of one religion in a world (and community) of many religions? I am undeniably and unapologetically Christian, and I believe that my faith is a relationship with Jesus Christ that transcends merely being a religion. That being said, how should I then navigate a world made [...]

  • On March 11, an earthquake took place off of the coast of Japan, and as a result a tsunami devastated cities in the northern part of that country. It was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit this land, and over 10,000 died as of this writing. In addition to the cleanup and recovery efforts, Japan [...]

  • Memphis city voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to transfer administration of the Memphis City School System to the Shelby County School System. What are the ethical and moral considerations here? How should our faith inform our vote? Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, [...]

  • As a religious leader in Memphis, what do you want to say to the community about the subject of race? Every week, pastors across Memphis preach from Biblical texts. Many times we highlight well-traveled passages such as the Prodigal Son and the Sermon on the Mount. And yet, after positive and powerful teaching and preaching, people [...]

  • What tests my faith in Memphis? What gives me faith in Memphis? When I arrived in Memphis 16 years ago, several people asked me, “Why would you move here?.” In all the places I’ve lived, that question never came up. Only in Memphis. My response has always been, “Why not here?” At crucial times, there seems [...]