The Cornerstone: The Response of the Church in Violent Times

As originally printed in T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2015 Souvenir Magazine:

With violent assaults on historically African American churches resurging in recent months, many in the Body of Christ are searching for a faithful response from Christian leadership and community. Attacks on these churches are not a new thing; the Emanuel African Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina had experienced its own violent history nearly 200 years prior to the June 17 massacre of nine people. White residents in Charleston burned down the same church in 1822 after Denmark Vesey, one of the founders of Emanuel, organized a slave revolt that was later thwarted. Continue reading


Hope Dies Last: A Word on Kelly Gissendaner

On this day, September 21, 2011, I wrote an Open Letter to the State of Georgia about the state-authorized death of one of their sons, Troy Davis.

The blog went viral in a matter of 24 hours, finding its way on a host of news sites and it would be the first time that I would enter into public discourse about social justice and the death penalty.

Four years later, I’d find myself penning yet another article about a daughter of the State of Georgia, Kelly Gissendaner, a woman whose original execution was stayed because the drugs the State planned to use to kill her were cloudy and not fit for use. Recently, we learned that Kelly would be executed by the State of Georgia on the 29th of this month, after six long months of appeals and public outcry for her stay of execution. Continue reading


The Starfish and the Spider: A Conversation about Jesus and the Church

Last year I read the book The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brayman and Rod A. Beckstrom. The 200-plus page book explores the concept of the “starfish” and the “spider,” two leadership models for organizations in any sector. Quickly, I’ll explain how both the starfish and the spider represent every organization you can think of:

The spider, according to Brayman and Beckstrom, is an insect that needs all of its parts to fully function. If a spider loses a leg, it will still live but will be severely handicapped, making it difficult for the spider to function as it should. If the spider loses its head, the entire body suffers and inevitably dies.

The starfish on the other hand, when it loses a limb, regenerates a new arm. What’s even more interesting, the separated arm will grow a brand new starfish out of that detached limb! What many people don’t know is that each arm of the starfish has everything it needs to regenerate and grow a new starfish — this means that even when a starfish’s arm is severed, the original body not only grows a new arm, but the new arm grows a new body! Continue reading


The New Civil Rights Movement: An Open Discussion

From the The Shakeup’s website:

The Shakeup crew pressed pause on regular programming and invited Alisha L. Gordon,AlishaLGordonatTheShakeup M.Div. into the studio to discuss the climate of America, racism and black lives.  The discussion opened the door to the beginning of discussions that need to continue to happen in our country.

This conversation will begin a series of discussions at THE SHAKEUP and at BossFM.  Stay tuned to the BossFM website for details and to get involved, email us at blacklivesmatter@mybossfm.com

The following video has not been edited in anyway.  Viewer discretion is advised.

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[jump to the 42:30 minute for some good stuff!]

The Entry Point: Conversations About Race and Difference

The entry point: it’s the place of initial opportunity, first access, place where we begin anything.

Every country has an entry point. Whether by boat or by plane, there’s a place where those who care to visit must come through.

Every conversation has an entry point. Whether that begins with a hello or a glaring stare, there is something that serves as the initial opportunity for some kind of encounter with the other.

Every dwelling has an entry point, too. Whether that’s a front door, back door, screen door, or a makeshift door made out of cardboard, there’s a point of entry to get into the space.

What becomes difficult is when we desire to enter into a country, conversation or even a dwelling and cannot gain access to it because the entry points are obscure, hard to find, come with stipulations we do not meet, or we simply do not know enough to safely navigate the world on the other side and fear keeps us from even attempting to go through. Continue reading


Remembering the Dream

There’s probably not a social media platform existing that I’m not connected to in some way: Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and my newest social media obsession, TimeHop.

TimeHop is an app that shows you everything you posted or shared on your social media sites on that day — from one year ago to eight years ago! Some may say that’s a crazy thing but it’s actually quite cool to see what you were saying, thinking, experiencing on the exact day it happened years later. Continue reading