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A Reflection on the Siege of the U.S. Capitol by Domestic Terrorists

Police set off percussion grenades in front of the US Capitol building during the riot on January 6, 2021. (Reuters: Leah Millis)

“Lord, public shame belongs to us, our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you.” Daniel 9:8 (CSB)

On January 6, 2021 Democracy was attacked. While Senators and House Representatives debated the electoral votes from the state of Arizona, domestic terrorists scaled the walls of the…

A Daily News Devotional

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The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overturn…

What The Bible Has to Say About Suicide

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Depression is subtle. It has a way of sneaking up on you. You’re not quite sure when, how, or why it comes, but you can’t seem to get from under it. It’s more than sadness. More than disappointment. Depression is a shroud of darkness around you, even though the sun…

Exposing the global misappropriation of religious freedom and its ties with authoritarianism

The pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty. This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty. It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right…

Is unity achievable amidst great difference?

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On June 3, 1990 Maya Angelou’s poem “These Yet-to-be-United States” was published in the Los Angeles Times. In the six stanza masterpiece, not once is America or the United States mentioned. Instead, Angelou refers to the influence and control that implicitly belongs to the United States and questions how the…

How Senator Kamala Harris Highlighted the Families and Victims of Police Brutality

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Towards the end of the highly anticipated Vice Presidential Debate, moderator Susan Page asked the candidates, starting with Senator Kamala Harris, whether or not justice was served in the case of Breonna Taylor.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Embracing myself as an Influencer of Thought

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The words that follow are uncomfortable. Not because I’ve never written them, but because I’ve never shared them.

Writing is something I’ve always loved. I enjoy gathering words together like wild flowers arranging them in sentences like beautiful bouquets. But more than loving the act of writing do I enjoy…

Beyoncé’s Cinematic Reimagining of Disney’s The Lion King

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An Afro-Futurist adaptation of Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King, “Black is King” is a cinematic musical production directed, written and executive produced by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé. …

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