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Put That On Everything
27 September 2017

It’s like hot sauce. Some consider it a necessity in our savory meals. Hot sauce can awaken the essence of an entree or send a surge of flavor through our side dishes. We drench our chicken wings in it and we sprinkle our soups with a few drops. Despite the varied quantities, I submit that some instances of hot sauce infusion are merely psychological pacifiers that have no substantial taste impact; but the comfort of its presence creates a...

Upon The Confession Of Your Faith
17 March 2017

I recently baptized someone for the first time. He was a young man in his 20s, with shoulder-length dreadlocks and dark brown skin. We shared a lot of similarities and now we were about to share a new one, as he made a public declaration that Jesus Christ was the Lord of his life. Upon the confession of his faith, he was turning his life around. We were both nervous. I hadn’t been in a baptismal pool since I was baptized in 1982. My pastor gave...

Sometimes Shift Happens
11 September 2016

Wearing Versace shirts, silk slacks and gold chains – Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy raced through the streets of the Florida Keys driving a Mercedes convertible…in reverse. This is my favorite scene from one of my favorite hip-hop music videos. It defied the norm and was simply cool to watch. There are times I’ve had to move my vehicle in reverse for just a short distance (i.e., parking lots) and I would fantasize how it would feel to go down...