We Are Family: Accepting this doesn’t mean we become “color-blind. Of course we see differences! But diversity is not allowed to become a barrier. Rather, diversity is affirmed, appreciated, and brought into the manifold family of God.
“How uncomfortable are you willing to become to welcome someone else into your community?” That question was put to me years ago by a wise and wizened preacher, forcing me to think about the boundaries I had set for my own congregation. “Besides,” he said, “it’s not about you. It’s about welcoming those who Christ […]
As my friend Betty Ann unpacked her young family in my Deep South hometown, it didn’t take long for the neighbors to arrive with a strangulating dose of hospitality. Their silver hairdos teased to perfection, and smelling of powder and lilac, they arrived on Betty Ann’s front porch with peach cobbler and smiling faces. Of […]