Feeling Helpless in the Face of a Tragedy

In 1998, I was studying in Atlanta (Georgia), pursuing my Master Degree at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. During the summer holidays of that year, I went back home to Congo-Kinshasa to visit my family. The trip went well. I was very happy to see my family and friends for two months. Nevertheless, the worst…

Growing Old

Today is my birthday. I’m sitting this morning drinking coffee, thinking about the many birthdays I’ve had. On my big 4-0, there was a surprise party with a gathering of family and friends who roasted me for what seemed like hours on end. Another birthday fell on Easter and was woven into the joy of…

Don’t Shy Away from the Important Stuff!

I personally think adults do not spend enough time watching animated movies. There are some GREAT animated films out there (full-length and shorts),  and if people really took the time to check them out, they might realize that the films cover some very important topics that need to be discussed with children. Animated films can…

Liminal Space and General Conference

Liminal space is a place of transition, a threshold between two points, signaling the end of one time or space, and the beginning of another. If you aren’t familiar with the term, “liminal space,” my guess is you are well-acquainted with the feeling of being in such a space. It is that in-between experience, the…

The Church and the Metaverse?

Heads up: This blog is filled with a lot of questions and very few answers.   My kids asked for an Oculus for Christmas this year. An Oculus is a virtual reality headset. I think it might have been a gift to kids, from Dad, for Dad. When you put it on, you are whisked away…