On April 4, 1968, an assassin’s bullet ended the life of the great dreamer, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty years later, have we realized the dream, or is it still a work in progress? And is the church of Jesus Christ leading on this pressing issue or lagging as it did when Dr. King wrote his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”? In his remarks from a No Walls University-sponsored event, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Dreamer and His Dream", Ron Miller, No Walls Ministry board member and director of No Walls University, seeks to answer those questions and establish a path forward so the dream lives beyond the life of the dreamer.Read More
Some Christians seem to think that their brothers and sisters who show compassion and do good works on behalf of the hurting and marginalized are perverting Jesus' command to make disciples. I say enough!Read More
The Marvel Studios film adaptation of the comic book superhero of color, Black Panther, first introduced in 1966 by, ironically, two white men, then writer-editor Stan Lee and writer- artist Jack Kirby. Created at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement, T’Challa, the king of the fictitious African nation of Wakanda and the Black Panther’s alter-ego, was the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comic books, and Marvel named him “Black Panther” months before the Black Panther Party was established in October 1966.Read More
I love Christmas music and I’ve been playing it a little earlier each year, much to the chagrin of family and friends, because I want to hasten the arrival of my favorite time of the year. Of all the Christmas carols, Silent Night is a perennial favorite with its peaceful and tender account of the Savior’s birth.
It’s instructive to note, however, that the first Christmas, in fact, broke the silence that had blanketed ancient Israel for about 400 years.Read More
In this time of domestic strife in our nation, I’ve read and heard a great deal about the failure of the church to provide desperately needed moral leadership. In fact, the church is splintered into various factions, usually among political lines, and its ability to transcend our divisions and be a force for unity is seriously compromised. Non-believers are observing our behavior and declaring us hypocrites for our immersion into worldly affairs. Some Christian thinkers believe our witness to the world is damaged beyond repair because of controversial policies or personalities with whom some of our leaders are aligned.Read More
As a lifelong student of American government and history, one question has always intrigued me about the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
How unlikely was this assembly of leaders and populace in one place that bred a nation which, in its early years, was unlike any other that preceded it?Read More