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March Madness

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Writers certainly have a goal of communicating information, but their first concern has to be capturing the readers’ attention. Since approximately 50% of my readers today (mostly the male 50%) are intrigued with the NCAA men’s basketball playoffs, I thought that’s where I’d better start. I apologize to the other 50% of you; I’ll try […]

What’s Goodness Good For?

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Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for […]

It’s The Season of Lent

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In many Christian denominations, Lent began on Ash Wednesday, which in 2017 fell on March 1, one week ago today. Those of us who grew up in Baptist or other non-liturgical churches probably only learned about Lent second-hand, and in a superficial way, through Catholic friends who showed up in school with black ashes on […]

Hypercritical Hypocrites

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The ability to judge between right and wrong, between wisdom and foolishness, between one course of action and another is part of what makes us humans, made in the image of God. So, judging ought to be considered one of the noblest things we can do. But it turns out that, in our relationships, judging […]

African Adam and Eve

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As the Apostle Paul gave his famous speech on Mars Hill in Athens, he was aware of how many people groups, cultures and languages interacted in this city, which was a commercial center between Europe, Africa and Asia. He made this profound observation: “From one ancestor God made all nations to inhabit the whole earth.” […]

No Ways Tired

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This morning I went through the program for this Sunday evening’s Black History Celebration just to prepare myself for my part and to get a feel for how the program will flow. I was familiar with most of the songs, readings and other elements. There was one song listed I wasn’t familiar with, so I […]

The First Black Baptist Church in America

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We’re all aware of the powerful tradition of preaching and teaching in black Baptist churches  This has been one of the major forces shaping American culture throughout its existence. In preparation for Black History Month, I decided to learn as much as I could about how this spiritual movement started. Boy, did I get an […]

STILL WE RISE – Black History Celebration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2017 Pastor Tyrone Skinner to Speak at Altadena Baptist for Black History Celebration ALTADENA, CA — The 33rd Annual Black History Celebration will be held at Altadena Baptist Church [ABC] in Altadena, California at 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2017. All are welcome to attend. Prominent speakers join local artists […]

What, Me Worry?

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My main project today (Tuesday) was to write a Messenger article. I got some other minor tasks out of the way, and then my concentration was focused on coming up with an idea. My mind kept moving from one subject to another. I thought of Bible verses that popped into my consciousness, but nothing seemed […]

Water, Water, Everywhere!

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“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” This is a quote from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” written by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798. That line kept coming to me the past two weeks when we were dealing with constant rains. It echoed loudest and clearest in my mind the […]