Have you ever wondered how the lawyer who knows his or her client is guilty but is able to get the person off based on a legal technicality feels? Legally, the person is innocent, but morally they are as guilty as, dare I say, sin.

This year marks many historical and notable 50-year anniversaries: the tragic, unforgettable assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., two Americans walked on the moon, and Woodstock. This year will also give a nod of honor and respect to one of St. Louis' most out-reaching, effective, an…

A minister friend of mine once told me that a person can have theology but no faith.  He told me this because at one time I was considering going to school to study the Bible.  My friend, recognizing that I was a rookie trying to crack the starting ,lineup for Christ, suggested maybe a diffe…

It is not always through guile and deceit that the devil works his evil. He can accomplish his goals if he can convince you that what is very important is of little matter and no consequence. This love thing is pretty well documented throughout the Bible and Christ certainly clarifies its im…

They say no one can ever lead a perfect life. Flaws, faults and mistakes are the unavoidable consequences of being human. God lets us know through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that how we handle our imperfections is about as important as acknowledging that we do indeed have them.

Christ the King United Church of Christ is offering a Musical Tribute on Saturday, April 27at 5 p.m. for its Minister of Music Shamar Jordan, who is celebrating 25 years in the Music Ministry. Christ the King is pastored by Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon. The church is located at 11370 Old Halls Fe…

They say no one can ever lead a perfect life. Flaws, faults and mistakes are the unavoidable consequences of being human. God lets us know through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that how we handle our imperfections is about as important as acknowledging that we do indeed have them. Allow me t…

Hopefully, this a different take on a familiar subject. Scripture refers to one’s faith, “the size of a mustard seed,” as a true indicator of its power. Faith, for all we talk about it, is probably one of the more misunderstood and unappreciated concepts in Christianity. I believe this becau…

How many of you have ever been too embarrassed to pray, too afraid or really just too ashamed? It is during very difficult times that to kneel down before the Lord (especially after you’ve done exactly that thing which represents the absolute worst in you) seems impossible.

I remember as a high school senior going to a religious retreat and listening to a recording supposedly between the devil and one of his soul recruiters, who was having little to no luck at populating hell. The devil gave him one more chance to succeed before suffering the vilest of consequences.

I remember as a high school senior going to a religious retreat and listening to a recording supposedly between the devil and one of his soul recruiters, who was having little to no luck at populating hell. The devil gave him one more chance to succeed before suffering the vilest of consequences.

One of the telling things about being a Christian, no matter how new the claim might be, is a newfound understanding and appreciation of being by yourself. I don’t mean being lonely or anything. I mean being alone with the Lord.

God made a covenant with His people. He made us a promise. If you’ve lived as long as I have, you’ve had many people make promises to you that they have no intention of keeping or they failed miserably while trying to keep it. I know I’ve broken a promise or two in my day.

Ben Dawson looked at the program memorializing Demetrius A. Stewart during his homegoing services Friday, February at Westside Missionary Baptist Church, where her served as an associate minister; he also was chaplain for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Stewart was fatally shot as an innoce…

As I get older I have become even more fascinated with the concept of time. I’ve always found time as it is talked about in the Bible to be an awesome concept if we can just grasp it and apply time and its value to our own lives.

There is a perception (right or wrong) in our faith that our suffering is an integral part of God’s plan to ready us for the struggle of spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Many believe that suffering in some ways is a prerequisite for strengthening one’s spiritual muscle. I think it is…

The scant coverage by The American regarding the National Blues Museum continues, especially in the face of the recent “resignation” of Jeffery Hardin as the executive director. Although Bernie Hayes is a solid choice as interim director, I found it odd how the vitriol and controversy betwee…

As members of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are deeply saddened by the national conversation concerning immigrants and refugees, particularly those coming from south of our nation’s border. They are too often being portrayed as violent criminals who a…

As believers we really have a lot on our plates. From our perspective, however, that doesn’t mean we are challenged beyond our capacity to fulfill God’s destiny for us. It just means life still happens to us. It just does so with a purpose: God’s. The more we understand and internalize that,…

Faith usually is a minefield to navigate. If you’re not careful, your faith will wilt from the constant barrage of just living. Be it grief, worry, betrayal or just hard times, life has a way of making you think it’s just too hard. Some things are just not worth it. The answer is simply, jus…

As our nation prepared to bid farewell to its first African-American president in 2016, a public debate had already begun about whether race relations in America had gotten better or worse during his tenure. Leaders within churches and the overall Christian scholarly community were largely s…

Have you ever thought about just thanking God for being God? I know at times I must get on His last nerve, and it’s just nice to know that He forgives.