Posts Tagged ‘Black Church’


Preface: Before many get offended or shocked, read on, please.

You may have seen this on Facebook or any other Social Media Website. But to take this all in, we need to understand. And many who may not read this may not get it.

But for those of us do, WE GET IT and WE BEEN KNOWING since day 1!

Black people are so tired. 😓

We can’t go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemJean and #AtatianaJefferson).

We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).

We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).

We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).

We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).

We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).

We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)

We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).

We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).

We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).

We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).

We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).

We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).

We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).

We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).

We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).

We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .

We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).

We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).

We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).

We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).

We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).

We can’t cash our check-in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).

We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).

We can’t run (#WalterScott).

We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).

We can’t live (#FreddieGray).

We’re tired.

Tired of making hashtags.

Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.

Tired of dying.

Tired.

Tired.

Tired.

Just freakin’ tired
#RP

Postface: Now we may not know the author of this statement, but whomever he or she is, we’ll know it. But the author points out harsh truths of murder among Black Americans is noted and should be stopped!


So here we are yet again.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog story that is traditional. Let’s review of what I said last year/last decade with a twist:

Like Sgt. Hulka used to say in the movie Stripes: “before we proceed any further, we gotta get something straight.”

I’m going to be taking this blog to new heights. It’s not just going to be the same old song and dance. Nope, that is going to be one and done. It’s going to more than just one blog story. No matter if you are in America or in freaking India, be ready. This blog thing will one day, get real. If I got to get my Periscope, or own video thing on here to help my stories, well: that’s what I have to do one day. What does all this mean? It means that I have to get better with the idea of blogging with the issues and concerns. I have to. It’s not just that thing that needs to be done, it must be done to improve. To inspire and yes, to get to the point of view that I need to display.

Yes, folks will walk tall, shoulders back, chin up, conscious up to the 10th level, and of course, this is an idea that would be beneficial. I thought about destroying this blog and ending a 10+ year streak, all because of other concerns of boredom or that same story. But wait…..this could be a benefit to help and inspire. While many might think that one story from a blog is all there is, think again!

“Stephen’s Spot” is not just about one same blog story. Or one picture. Or one anything. It can be revolutionary, inspirational, conscious, fun, life experienced, or just plain normal. It’s not a one dance show. It’s one in the million that can be experienced if many take the time to read more than one. Now, I know many are just now discovering the blog based on what I have written back in 2014 or whatever. But if you (yes you) the reader actually like what I write here, in a sense of right now, thank you.

Knowingly I can’t control what others might read, but by me writing more, and thinking more, it will be fully objectionable for me to carry on. I’m in the 40-year-old plus age bracket, and yes this age bracket will indeed test my theory and summarize.

So guess what: you want Stephen’s Spot? I’ll give you Stephen’s Spot! This is no same old song and dance. Nope, not here!

So for now: let’s start my New Year’s Tradition of Stephen’s Spot that doesn’t need a repeat: What do I want to see and not want to see in 2020! 20 things by the way in the now new Roaring 20’s. And just to add, many of the folks we knew, never got to see 2020. But consider this being lucky.

So……..It’s GO TIME!

First Five I want to see in THAT YEAR OF 2020:

Employment/Health & Wellness/Politics/Voting

1) It’s time to work, folks. If this is the year that you will get that real job, the time is now! No more wasting time by waiting on others. It won’t work. We need to have a “Career Awareness Month”. We need to have better job fairs, career expos, have a “seasonal vet” career fair for the mature folks. Not that watered down stuff that many are getting. Even if you still have that degree in the display, that many will pass up. We have to do EXTRA better. Oh, by the way 2020 also means that the Census is coming so make sure you fill out the Census form to keep count. And don’t worry, it’ll be taken care of for another 10 years. Why this? it’s been effective since 1790’s in the United States.

2) If you got to get yourself checked, do it. You know where the doctors are. As well as the dentists, eye examination folks and more. Matter of fact some of them might be near you right now. And while we’re at it, we need to for real get educated about the issues of health. I hear say, “you need to do this or that”. or “you need a flu shot.” BEFORE ANY THAT HAPPENS: ASK QUESTIONS! Forget what you saw on Facebook, know that real stuff first! Really stop and ask definite questions! And when you go the doctors, they will give you a list of what they’ll do to you at the physicals! Plus, still doing the exercises for the resolutions? Why does it have to be the goals for the year? Do them everyday!

3) 2020 also means that new laws will be in effect. Like the Weed CBD stuff in Illinois in terms of not bringing it to Wisconsin. Oh, and if you approve of the work that some or many are doing to help this country and mainly in your districts, show some love! Volunteer or work on their staff, help in politics on their behalf. Be an Able Body Person to carry that out!

4) You should know that 2020 is a voting year? Oh, you didn’t know this? Pay attention! Do better! See the next line.

5) I’ve been saying this for MONTHS AND YEARS! This would be a good time to get your voter registration checked and/or updated to get ready for the 2020 election year. I want to see this happen even more. Forget waiting until next month! It’s best to do it NOW! After all the “decisions” of purging names off the lists!

Next Five I don’t want to see:
Church/African-Americans/Credit Checks/Not Voting

6) Like last year, and the year before that and previous years and so on: I don’t want to see NO ONE complaining about the lack of this or that in the church. If you don’t have a certain something going in your church, then make something happen! Keep at it! What did I say after my father’s passing in 2017: Be empowered, and ALWAYS Stay in the fight!

7) And like many many years ago: I don’t want to see black folks putting other black folks down for stupid pathetic reasons! No matter what happens we must continue to look in the mirror and raise up. Either for Jobs, Education (past or present) contributions, clubs/organizations etc. And that goes for anyone else. It doesn’t matter what you got with you. Either way, NO EXCUSES!

8) Never EVER OVERLOOK THIS: Now for all you Black Queens: you say you LOVE us Black Kings right? DO YOU?! Here is a “whenever you get a chance” challenge that you might not think. Cater to us for ONE DAY at a restaurant, or maybe give us a day that we might enjoy. Think it over! Many of you got Brothers, Fathers, Uncles, Husbands, Boyfriends, Cousins, Neighbors, and many other male influences that you probably know that need that appreciation! Even Black Kings whom you overlook a lot, never thought about, or being Single and no relationships. You gals go all out for your thing and we’re in the seats. So why not us? Still waiting……Oh heck, we’ll do it ourselves! But many of you might tag along anyway just had to go into the back door!

9) I HOPE TO GOD, I don’t want to see credit checks on black folks no more. Matter of fact, not on anyone anywhere with credit checks that are bad news!

10) I don’t want to see those who will not vote this year to gloat. Guess what: Elections have Consequences. Period!

Five More things I want to see:

Alumni Associations/Results Doing Actual Work and Milestones/ Black Church Groups/Black Community/Fraternities and Sororities

11) I want to see more of us ALUMNI (YOUNG AND OLD) to reinvest in our Alumni Groups. Not just for the class reunions and everyone also shows up broke, mad, left out and uninformed. If you get pissed about not being informed about a class reunion or gathering, DO NOT GET MAD AT THE ALUMNI COMMITTEE! You need to be backing up your Alumni Contacts from your classmates, anyway. And if your Alumni Organizations messes up, get on their case! Write letters or email messages to state your case. EXTRA NEWS: if your class reunion from High School, College and or University is hosting a milestone reunion this year of 2020 consider that a bonus! This would be a good start RIGHT NOW to get things planned! What do I mean by Milestone? 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, etc.

12) I want to see the results of us “doing the work”. Not just the partial results of patting on the back and say “nice work”. But also what did it took to get the results needed. And if your employee is celebrating a milestone of service (10, 20, etc), give him or her the due of respect. It’s the right thing to do. Or even if no one gives you a pin of service: give yourself one!

13) I want us “non-scared and scared grown folks in the Black Church Groups” as well as any other Church Group to talk to our youth. Seriously talk to them. Some of them need us to come to them. I don’t care if they are in the schools shooting basketballs or at the community centers or in church playing Chess or Madden 20. Or double dutching, or even learning a praise dance. Even tutoring and READING BOOKS! Let’s learn to #HashtagAndTalk to our young folks. Male members of the church: get the young men involved in these groups! Women, you know what it is. And I dare say, VICE VERSA.

14) CALLOUT: I want to see more black folks in the communities who think there is nothing there to do, start something! Stop complaining! Stop moaning! Stop Getting Pissed off! Get up and get out and make the stuff happen! Such as Health stuff, job applications, resumes, networking, organizing a business venture. Able Body folks, if you’re still standing outside of a Walgreens or a Gas Station asking for money, and if you can still move around, get inside that building and ask for an application! Why is that so hard?!!! And yet this is a start of a new decade. Time for something new and improved!

15) Like last year and year ago and prior years, here is a thought: I want to see ALL fraternities, and ALL sororities to “recruit and meet up” with seasoned vets that can help out. Especially those of the black fraternities and sororities. All of the Divine 9 folks: From the Alphas to the Iotas and from the AKA’s to the Sigma Gamma Rho’s: Have a day in which YOU need to go out to the seasoned vets of those who are 40-ish and up that want to join up to support the groups you represent. And also, don’t be so VERY judgmental about those who are at that 40’s range. The best place to find us: either at our church events, alumni group meetings, etc. And this goes for the American Legion Family, VFW Auxiliary, Masons, Elks, Eastern Stars, and etc. WE SEE YOU! You need to re-introduce yourselves! And….just to add, do some of your groups have Founder’s Day Celebrations going on like this month?

Final Five : I want not to see and want to see.
Black Lives Matter/Volunteerism/Grown After 18/If it doesn’t work…..

16) Of all the things I don’t want to see this year, this DECADE of the New Roaring 20’s: enough of the blame game on Black Lives Matter that seemed violent or racist. For all you Blue Lives Matter or copying off the Black Lives Matter Movement, you will suck. Instead of hating on Black Lives Matter at least go to a meeting or hear from those who lost a brother, or sister or a parent that was black. Take notes, Blue Lives Matter. And don’t front! Not only that, no blame game on the #LGBT, introverted, dark horses, or any other person that is not like anyone else down the street that is deemed racist, violent, or just love saluting the flag in a nice way.


MASSIVE NEW YEAR’S CALLOUT: And also to white folks: enough calling the cops on black folks doing CIVILIZED stuff like campaigns, jobs, barbecues, community projects, volunteering or even waiting on a client, going into their apartment, swimming, selling lemonade, or to be SEATED AT A RESTAURANT OR AT STARBUCKS! Be advised and WARNED; if you work at a job, you will be fired for these stupid acts! And it takes a SMARTPHONE with video to get you TERMINATED!

17) Now, this probably might work in this year of 2020: Get grown in your own work and volunteerism. We know what we need to do, and what to do this year. So why not get involved? And the time is right now! Didn’t I say it’s time to work in the new decade? And if many don’t know, 2020 is a LEAP YEAR! February 29th is coming. So what you’re going to do on the extra day?

18) This is for the grown folks 18 and up: HANDLE your grown business! After all, we supposed to be grown after 18, right?

19) If you smell like weed going to a job interview or in the store, do you think your hygiene needs to be fixed? Fix that problem BEFORE GOING!!! Nobody needs to smell your Pot or Mary Jane.

20) If any of the plans that don’t work, This should be seen and heard by EVERYONE: If there are things that might be difficult, stressful, unhealthy, not financially, and many others, Leave it alone! Find a Plan B, or what you know best and stick to that! Keywords: PLAN B!

Happy New Year!!


Here’s a round 3 of the memes. I’m ready now.

Well you know it’s the truth, right? Not all Christians are evil.

And I assume this applies to everyday jobs and businesses we invest in, right?

Oh let go in on this, with all this going on with Starbucks, with black patrons, justice is coming. Am I right?

Wait a second, has it already started?

You realize that it wouldn’t work right?

Is our spelling really this worse? Don’t you dare blame the school system, blame the after thought!

Can many others actually say this? I’m just asking!

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So the Bald Eagles don’t like 45? They mean though!

Um, black folks is this true? Is it really true? What if you move back, lol!

Let me ask: if that’s the case, what is really driving the Millennials away? Along with Gen X, and Gen Z?

So are we winning or really losing?

Ok, so Meek Mill is free from jail. What’s next to stay out of jail and will not go back being that other dude again that got him in jail though?

And many know that these other stores will not save us from the calamity. Agree?

So it’s all the churches fault about the stacks. What about those catered businesses though, and those clubs? Don’t start illing!

And the last thing to ask…..will the United Methodist Church for the next 50 years “stay woke” in it’s ministry and lessons to improve?

More to come!


Oh, you know I had to do it. Last year I did this and got rave reviews. But I kept it real. Last year for Black History Month, I scratched my head. Now this year, its a repeat. With new updated questions that kept my head scratching since. But for this, it’s for Black History Month 2018. Buckle up! I’m not pulling no punches!

Question: is this statement still relevant? With no substance? Let’s be real. Seriously!

BET has a new show for the black brothers called Mancave. Yes, a black man’s show featuring Tank, Jeff Johnson, Kosine and Slink. They talk about the current affairs of news that goes on. But I have a question: why are you females are watching it? Y’all got Sister Circle on TVONE! No females in the Mancave. I’m just saying!

Is black news really missing NewsOne Now since it got canceled?

Why are folks late reading stuff? Especially about black history? And what I have written?

If Black History is really supposed to be “American History”, why there are some school districts don’t want to hear our history?

Spoiler Alert: Not all Black History is American History! It’s not! Other countries have a Black History too. (Canada, England, France, Italy, Jamaica, Haiti, etc.) Any questions?

Attention Black Authors: we write about our history as well our stories. Past and Present. Does it really matter we do it more?

Again: if we are to supposed to acknowledge our black history everyday, why don’t we at times? Oh were at the lines waiting for the Air Jordans to drop or non big issues that we forget that is meaningless at times. Or were just not engaged!

Black Churches: we have a lot of black history to share up. From the founding of our churches to community involvement. Does it still matter today despite of those hating or assuming that we’re just about the money or praying in circles/tongues? Or going out to eat after the sermon?

Every February 7th, it’s National Black HIV Awareness Day. Want to know the reason?

This week was the start of the original Negro History Week that was the prelude to Black History Month currently. Some ask what was the reason? They should know by now.

Do Black Superheroes Matter? We know Black Panther is coming and Black Lightning is on TV. Either way, black superheroes are winning.

Does Black Archiving Matter? Ask yourself if you are a black historian of any kind.

Does Black Employment Matter? And I’m not talking about just owning your business!

10 years ago, am I the only one followed the momentum when Barack Obama was gaining to be the first black president?

For my Alumni Black Educators and Family! Does forming or being involved in a Black Alumni Chapter really matters to us? Especially at the PWI Schools that have or had minor population of black students with Black Student Unions? By the way: ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES who don’t have an Black Alumni Chapter need to start one!

For my Military Black Families and Black Veterans, and Families of Black Veterans: Do we matter? After all, many of our Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Aunts, Mothers, Cousins, Grandmothers, etc all have a history of serving in Uniform that is part of the tradition since the American Revolution. Even in times when America didn’t love us back! Keep up other folks.

I need to ask this: How many African-American Sons and Daughters right now are apart of the American Legion Family? I need to ask this for real! And how many actually don’t know what the American Legion Family is whom have or had Veterans in the family that lived or died?

For those saying Black Future Month, you know the things you doing now will be history, right? Not trying to spoil the parade here.

So folks want to make a joke about Black History Month as a punch line to pop off at the mouth for hate. Ummm…..so many don’t do it around Hispanic Heritage Month or Women’s History Month?

Recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one my local journalist commented about former Interim Mayor Marvin Pratt about the city not having a full term mayor of African-American decent. If you know Milwaukee historically, majority of the Mayors are white and known to have popularity. Why does Milwaukee’s problem with black mayors of ideas have a concern? And the city is 172 years old with a segregated past and present.

When ABC’s Scandal is done, and it’s the last season, what ranking will the show be on the best list concerning black television?

There was a indication of Black Slave traders that sold their own into slavery and also managed the slaves. True or False?

Who’s looking forward watching Black Olympians in the Winter Games? You know they are in Korea. Oh, and by the way: Shani Davis is in competition.

Here in Wisconsin, one candidate of the democrats is African-American named Mahlon Mitchell. Could he be the man to take out Scott Walker? Better vote up, Wisconsin!

In Wisconsin: what is the Black Community’s real response to Foxconn? Mainly for those who don’t have their own transportation!

If you are woke and black, you need to see this clip over and over again. Why you ask?

It seems that every year that those who say “I’m black every month” is probably bored around Black History Month. What are the reasons? Are we not engaged enough? What is the problem? We still don’t know everything as we know some to say at least.

For my Black Motorcycle Riders: is the Iron Elite still on point for Harley-Davidson? And are you coming to Milwaukee for HD’s 115th Anniversary in the Summer?

You non-Black folks: as you explore Black History, you realize that not every black folk is considered a thug or a N*gger, right? Many of us were raised way better than that.

Which current African-Americans in the companies is the best OWNER and Supervisor right now that is making history? And got the inspiration from those that MADE HISTORY?

Who were and are the best UNSUNG Blacks Heroes that never got any recognition that deserved recognition right now?

Bonus question:  In honor of those whom are not here with us, which of our Black Ancestors were a beacon to have us move forward in life and career?

And the last question: yes we know this question, do we believe that Black Excellence is still available and hopeful?

Happy Black History Month!

Always.


Let’s start this right now.

2017 has gotten off to a start in which many are not happy with Kim Burrell. If those who haven’t heard of her, she’s been in the news about her commentary about the gay folks being tricked into being gay. We’re going in this today! And the reasons behind it. And yes, Church folks, whether you like it or not, this issue of being silent and not saying anything but THANK YOU JESUS or Hallelujah must be put out the pasture. And I’m saying this as a Active Church Member! We need to stop being afraid of this! Enough of this hidden mess.

Before any of this starts, let’s review again about this speech Kim Burrell made in her church:

 

 

And I’m sure many got the hot seat about her stance on “hating Gays” and all that false statements. Oh wait speaking of that, listen to this:

 

Ok here is what I don’t understand. When a church-like person/Gospel Singer like Kim Burrell talked about the TRUTH in which many think it’s a hateful speech, even in 2017 which A year don’t matter: why are all these folks are scared to death to admit it that it’s part of the truth that they don’t want to mess with, but rather curl hide for that matter?!

Oh I’m sure many in the media and yes Ellen’s show probably saw the clip of the sermon that Kim spoken on, but never fully FULLY heard the entire speech, and the full length of the speech! Whoever has the full sermon online, POST THAT! PLEASE!

My take on this, and this is my first take of 2017, is this: maybe for those who called out Kim Burrell needs to look in themselves and ask WHY she said that. What was up with the line of she stated that those in homosexual lives or somewhat that it was delusional, or tricked per se in getting into the life style? Oh, you don’t want to talk about that! And yes I’ll agree to a point of what Janelle Monae said about the same line that white folks always say about “we all bleed the same color” comment. BUT many of us who bleed that color red, have different blood types, and different blood cells that aren’t all equal with that!

Let’s be real!

We all remember a time or two that we’ve been (stop me if you heard this one) hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, fooled, lied to, cheated on, or been cheated on, been casted out, or my favorite, ostricized all because of a lifestyle, a change, a preference, or any other concern. Think about all those times in school, your church, your jobs, that time you had to be someone’s stepping stone in a Fraternity or Sorority, or just a way to fit in like everyone else of not getting picked on. I would think that there are some who probably got tricked in being in the lifestyle that Kim Burrell talked about. Oh, let’s go there. And for the record, who said that she wanted the Gays to be dead in 2017 anyway? Folks just love to stir up false narratives! Especially those on Fake News who well…post it on Social Media. As they say: The devil is a liar!

So how do we solve this matter?

That will take a long matter to solve. We know this. And it’s not going to take a magic bullet to think that it’s going away in one fatal swoop. The fact of the matter is, many or some don’t want to have this. They would  rather remain silent about this and it might ruin another era or Generation that many want to suceed or be better. Well let me say this: in regarding the church per se about the talk about homosexuality or the negative effects about the LGBT, let’s talk. Both sides need to talk. You can shout back and forth online or by texting all you want, but you really need to talk about this matter! If the most or some of the LGBT per se are about the issues that concerns them, and they all get assembled in full force, why NOT about Black issues or Black Concerns like the killings, or maybe to help improve the BLACK CHURCH? I don’t see much of the LGBT’s per se out there backing the support of Black issues that they need to tap into. Of course that there are those whom are Gay or Lesbian or Transgender whom are on the supportive front about the issues of Black Concerns. Yes we can talk about Baynard Rustin whom was a cog in the part of the March on Washington in which we all know that Martin Luther King was apart of. WE KNOW!

CALLOUT: But where are the new Baynard Rustin’s in the Black Community, or the in the Black Church right now?

But in between, for you the free-thinking, Lesbian, Gay, Multi-Conscious, and many those who think that what Kim Burrell said was harsh: maybe you need to review with those in asking why the spirit of homosexuality can be at times deceptive or tricky. Maybe alot of you don’t like what she said, but just actually LISTEN what she had to really say. And vice versa. Many of you probably under 40 don’t really care about church-like lessons that are everyday values to summarize, BUT if I were you and I’m just saying now: just try to LISTEN UP! 

And many of us that what Bill Cosby said was harsh back in 2004 about the black community didn’t hold up their end of the deal after “I Have A Dream” but many realized, he was telling the truth in his point of view.

 Message sent!


For quite sometime, I had to sit and reflect on certain things about those who attend church and those who don’t. Especially those who grew up in church and now have a conscious decision to condemn it to be a freethinker. Yes I’m talking about them as much as those in church who might not do the Christian thing of giving and feeding. That being said, I’m going to bust out a exclusive of my own experience that if you are a church attendee in all that acts a fool at times, and a non/former church attendee that talks smack of deliverance. Guess what? It’s time that I put the gauntlet on the line where it lies: in the darn middle!

And to add: I’m going hard on this.

Now you may have seen various comments and things on Facebook or Instagram, the memes, or any other blog, or radio broadcast about those who think that the church is full of the hypocrites that go in all of the Sermon, and then afterwards they go to the Red Lobster for their sunday grub and go home. Then they don’t do the things they say they going to discuss about during the week. Does that sound familiar? Does it? Oh, and they pour in the money so the pastor can have that big mansion like house in the hills with the Jaguar in the front! Hmmmmmm……..Reallly? Yes I know i’m not the only one that had to comment this. But however, not all pastors don’t have big mansion like houses or Jags that the members pour in for Apportionments! And where is this coming from? Ask those who formerly went to church and really have that conscious Free-Thinking mindset. Or ask those who are not a member of a church who happens to go online to social media and literally BLAST the churches or the mindset of a church because it’s on the northside, or whatever. And that can come from a “Activist” that goes from protest to another!

Are they speaking the truth on this? Partially, they are half-right. Not totally right.

Now let me asking these questions.

  • Are these folks who condemn the churches straight to hell on Social Media think they have all the answers?
  • Do they have the answers to believe that being a free thinker is all what it matters?
  • Do they honestly beehove all the actions that they went though thinking that it wouldn’t be a future threat?
  • Do they TOTALLY HONESTLY AGREE that all churches should be on the duty in and outside the table in the community?
  • Do they honestly believe that they are hurting those who are giving their DEAD LEVEL BEST everytime they go into the church for service? And then later on to do more to volunteer and give back?
  • Do they STRONGLY FEEL that those go to church are coming out with a hypocritical agenda against those who don’t? Educated, Financially Stable, Attendance, Time and Talents, or any other option or goal that the goers strive EVERY TIME they learn from?
  • Do they actually care?
  • Why do they care?
  • And the personal favorite, in regarding the love of God, where is the fear? That’s right I said it!

I want the non-church goers and former church goers to answer these questions themselves. Go ahead share it. Don’t answer them to me! Don’t comment to me! And frankly those who do go, just sit back and be silent for a bit.

Now for you Church Attendees. Regardless if you are Christian, Jew, Lutheran, Muslim, Catholic, or any other religious connection. Let me ask these questions:

  • Are we really doing the things that we set out to do?
  • Are we Ashamed of the summaries of Christ? Or Allah?
  • Do we really go out to eat AFTER we hear the Sermon?
  • Do we do the work that our denomination or non denominations set out for us to do?
  • Do we actually set out and tell the good news?
  • Do we summarize our lessons learned throughout the week?
  • Have we really watched our attitudes and avoid being “hypocrites” with our actions and what we say?
  • Before the service starts, do we greet and or smile?
  • When the Pastor says “go out into the world and spread the good news”, do we?
  • When we have our days of giving food or clothing, are we following OUR rules? Making sure WE don’t get in trouble?
  • Is it well in our souls in trying to serve? (A nod to the United Methodist Faithful)
  • In discussions of being Godly, are we conscious at the same time? (I.E. Black Conscious, Socially Conscious)

This is why I’m busting this out. For all those who know it all either in or out of church, I got news for you: There is always something else!  It does not matter what church or denomination you belong too. And this goes for those who went let’s say:went  catholic or COGIC for about 5 years and assumed that they know everything and leave the church because of the worst things like: “Oh the bible is full of BS!”  Have you ACTUALLY read the bible? Have you have ACTUALLY READ the scriptures in your parents house or library or your grandparents house? Have you actually had your grandmother or grandfather,whether they living or deceased asked YOU (I’m talking to the know it alls per say) what did it meant? See, we don’t know SQUAT!  Man……some of us are just like immature kids. We don’t know squat, period! It’s all about tip toeing around the pond and not actually going into the pond!  And having conspiracy theories that many don’t understand. And on a side note, I will say that affects Church goers also.

My late Grandfather. One of my late Grandfather asked one of my family members about the bible when he was living, and he responded, “what do you know about it?” This is coming from him who was an Eremitus of his Church Sunday School for many years. That’s right, look up the word Eremitus to see what it is and you’ll know why it’s missing.

I have indicated before that I’m a 4th Generation United Methodist Church member. I was confirmed in the church in 1990 at the age of 13. That’s 25 years for so many of you keeping count. And yes, like a few others, I had and have ministers in my family that expand 2 or 3 generations. From my Great-Grandmother’s generation to Generation X. And yes, I had and experienced the good in folks, bad in folks and those who was just there for a short stint and moved on to greener pastures. And there are those who’ve been in the game through generations are sticking around want to make something happen. I’m sure many of you reading this who do dedicate services to your churches of any kind, that when you hear about all the negativity, you keep going with your craft to discipleship. No matter what anyone tells you. Even if they are church goers or not! Also be careful of the work that it arises.

And for those who are the former church goers and non-church goers who keeps talking about the hypocrites, what the pastor, bishops and apostles are doing in the sanctuaries along with the members: CUT SOME OF THE MEMBERS YOU KNOW SOME SLACK!!!!!! There are members in churches that are trying their dead level best to rise up and do something for their organizations. All of you really need to get your heads examined. Stop being so judgemental. And don’t generalize THE WHOLE DANG CHURCH! That is one of the main concerns of this whole conversation. Folks seem to generalize the whole group all the time. Just like when a black dude or a black woman per say sees their son or daughter making crimes and it blows up on TV or Facebook, guess what is going to happen:

Other communities will be like, “Oh, the Black Community this. Oh, the Black Community that……….”  And don’t even scream out #BlackLivesMatter!

The Black Community knows very well about being generalized as a whole, when it involves just a few knuckleheads. Where as when you have some church members or some church community members applying for a jet, or a new car: the whole village or city will be on their throats. Tell me I’m not lying.

There was a song that came out way before Generation X blew up, but our Baby Boomer counterparts know it: “Everybody Plays A Fool.” It’s not just church folks. It’s not just non-church folks. It’s EVERYBODY!  Whether you attend church or not, we need to watch it. We need to be accountable of what we do, say, think, or have opinionated viewpoints. Yes, that includes me.

Just recently, I was listening to one of my Black Milwaukee Radio Stations. Actually, it’s WNOV. It’s the only black radio station in Milwaukee. And a interesting question came up about Christians after church. The caller, assumed is Christian and a Female, that phoned in during the mid morning hours asked about why Christians don’t always spread the good news. The caller emphasised about going to the church, hearing the Pastor’s Sermons and after all of that is said and done, they go out to dinner and go home for the week. So after hearing that, (which is not new) my question is why was the caller asking the host about the church going procedures? And second, what is SHE DOING? Not judging, but asking. What is she doing to help to spread the good news? What is she doing with examples of her plight of her craft to ensure that good news? Not to comment further but the questions she asked the host, she should be asking herself those questions. No offense to her, her church, her ministry in all. But I would ask myself those questions instead going on the radio publically. Why you ask? It’s been asked over and over again. So why is this new?  And plus not everyone is the same as the female caller! Everyone’s God Given Gifts are different. That I’ll agree with.

  • Do I do the christian thing by helping out others or supporting others to the best of my ability? Yes.
  • Do I act as a hypocrite or charlatan for others? No. I was raised way better than that!
  • Do I give and receive as any other Christian? Yes.
  • Do I love God’s Grace and well as fearing God’s outcome? Yes.
  • Am I perfect as a Christian? NO!
  • Do I strive to be the best I can in and out of church everyday? Yes.
  • Do I force my Christian hand down the throat of those who moan and groan? As in those who don’t want to hear about the God Stuff? No.
  • Do I find ways to improve my church home as well as the community alike? YES I  DO!
  • Have I been in a situation in church where I was a victim of someone’s hypocritical mindset? Yes I have.
  • Have I been criticized by those who are haters in and out of the church? Yes.
  • Do I honor the work of the church with my gifts and talents and share that with those on the regular level? Yes.
  • Do I run around the sanctuary being filled with the Holy Ghost like those MegaChurches or any other church that does this? NO!!!!!
  • Do I tithe or have I tithed or attempted to tithe? Yes. And I know where the money goes.
  • Have I ever heard the words Hell and Eternal Damnation and ran out of the Sanctuary? No. And by the way, if those say “D*mn” in a church sermon, should realize that it came from the bible. It’s not all cursing related!
  • Have I dressed up in Jeans as well as a Suit and Tie? Of course. There is a rule that come as you are.

All of those questions and answers, I have experienced thus far. But like many others there is so much work to be done. AND YET I STILL GO!  Plus the things I described here, even though that my church experience have been shaky, mean, and also normal, I still go.

Do we say these things where our troops go to battle, or our officers on patrol, or any other high ranking official go and perform their duties? Even though we talk smack about them but still give them high  praise? We need to work on that.

I said before that there are hypocrites everywhere. Don’t fool yourselves! It’s not just church! Right now at work, you might have a hypocritical boss or an employee that constantly berates you like hell and you want to strike him or her.  But you still might continue to work or quit the job to go to another. Or start your own business.

You might had run ins with a Police Officer, a Deputy Sheriff, or maybe a well known official that seems nice, but is a hypocrite.

You might have hypocritical Football Fans in bars and at your house. And you root for the same team!

What about the activists or those whom are so conscious (UH-OH) who march around like kings and folks eat it up like clockwork? BUT…….might have hypocritical mindsets?

You even might have family members or group members, or Fraternity/Sorority Members that are like this. And wonder why you stopped talking or chatting or texting. Then they show up at a funeral having this solace to cover up the hypocrite behavior. HELLO!

I had ran into job related folks in Milwaukee whom were hypocrites because of my education I got from UW-Stout by not going on campus. I know the organizations and names very well. As well as those other companies that refused to hire black folks in the Greater Milwaukee Area based on income, experience, training, education and zipcodes. Tell me I’m lying Milwaukee! And I have never forgotten that. Even when I got my degree nearly 10 year ago on Stout’s campus through the commencement.

So I say this: we all need to look in the d*mn mirror. And really go out with a purpose and objective! The “Come to Jesus Meeting” is up and the seats need to be filled.


Oh we have heard this haven’t we?

The sermon quote that is making rounds Online and on TV. By now, there was a line in a sermon that Pastor Jamal Bryant said that is turning heads. And I don’t mean turning heads.

Let go in on this commentary/sermon thing about Pastor Jamal Bryant and this thing he said.  It’s time to go in!

First, lets review of what he said in the entire 29 minute sermon:

Now since the long review is out of the way. What is the matter, world? Ok, so a pastor like Jamal Bryant who is well known in Baltimore, recites a sermon that features a lyric from one of Chris Brown’s songs, “These Hoes Ain’t Loyal.” I’ll bet many on the Youtubes, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vine and many others had to format their video stuff on lock just for world to hear and see the Pastor and the four words. Really? Is this what is becoming a fad in the videos now? Without expressing the entire truth? Many today are just what I am about to say is: not getting the big picture. And just to think, I had a chance to revisit that. This is why many in America just don’t get it. Even the pastor had to defend his stance on his platform on today’s edition of News One Now with Roland Martin.

In the commentary, Pastor Jamal Bryant yes used the word hoe. However that was not just referring to women. Men can be the same element and follow suit also. He also said in the commentary that his life isn’t perfect. That goes for everyone. And to top it off, he’s not the only pastor in history that has said something well “controversial”. Remember this?

Oh yes. Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The former pastor of President Barack Obama, which he was talked about during the 2008 Campaign. And many of the so-called patriotic, going the right of the United States of America had to go on the offensive of the stance of Rev. Wright. They called him a racist. They called almost every name in the book. And having the gall to believe that this man a pastor that Obama knew for about 20 years was actually saying God Da*n America. Why? Why this? Just a reminder, when Rev. Wright at the time of the remarks, was reflecting about the issues that America had gone though. Ranging from inheriting slavery, to bombing other Countries, doing the most of the illegal shenanigans, and many other issues that the world knew at the time, and even today. Many here in the good ole’ USA per say need to WAKE UP!!!!  Especially those who feel that the country is going through positive changes where those are still struggling the game! Every 4th of July, I said this last year and yes I will say this in month ahead, after the parades, after the barbecues, movies, and yes the fireworks, will we still be the country that will live up to the adage that all men are created equal? Ponder that when the country turns 238 in July.

Now,  getting back to Pastor Jamal Bryant, and his “controversial sermon”. I’ll bet that many of the readers, had or have pastors who said things in their sermons that were controversial. And yes, me too. Some are probably saying like: “Oh, the pastors can’t say that in NO CHURCH!!” They supposed not to be clarifying secular quotes, or going to secular places to “save the unsaved” or “bring those to church out of those bars and clubs, and raptures”.  That’s a load of bull. I ask this: WHY NOT?!! Just because they are pastors of a church?!! Here is something that I know pretty well asking: what  about the children? Guess what, the kids hear this stuff going on also. When you have children in the pews as well as adults in the pews with them and the pastor says these sermons that seem controversial, guess what it’s going to be heard in various ways. My currently pastor has referenced N words, B words, D words, and many other WORDS that many are afraid to say in a church, that is archived. Many of you are probably asking, why you didn’t leave your church after hearing those words? Here is my thing, when a sermon comes up I listen and take notes on everything. Not just the snippets like everyone else. I began to analyze sermons and well as many forms of public speaking in college. The tones of the speeches or sermons I know relates to the attitude of the document. Plus also I remember taking Philosophy classes and I learned about provoking the thought of documents and speeches. Oh yes, I know! What Pastor Jamal said is nothing new. I’ll bet many have said the same thing in the pulpit. Either it got them in the hot seat, or in standing ovation of praise. It makes no difference.

So why are we tripping? We hear about this stuff everyday. Look at your local news. Look at Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives, or your favorite celebrity that got caught in a crossfire of rumors that is blowing up! Remember when in my blog stories ago where I written that the church has ears and eyes in the community of what is going on? This is one example!

I don’t care if you go to church or not. I don’t care if you believe that Jesus died for our sins, or just a fantasy. If you love God, and/or FEAR GOD, a fan of religion or just think it’s babble.  And I certainly don’t care if you live your life being an Atheist. Or whatever. Guess what? It’s real! No one is above anything or anyone. Even if you are a non-believer that went from Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran or any other denomination in the religion game and try to be a free thinker. I am a fourth generation member of my UMC Church and I am a Free Thinker at the same darn time! Can I get a witness here? It can happen folks. That’s like saying, you can free think all you want, but remember your principles and what got you here!

Now this sermon talk thing, I predict that it will last………about two weeks. And what next? Something else. So yeah it’ll stay fresh for about a couple of days and then it will be a thing of the past. Just wait.