Breathing. It is an autonomic function of the body. Yes, I looked it up. I breathe without having to consciously tell my body to do it.
On November 16, 2018, my conscious was sedated while a surgeon operated in my airway. The origin of the problem is unknown, but it is recurrent and incurable. It’s another circumstance under which I was born. It is not a consequence of bad judgement from my past. Just like kidney failure is not. It is simply something that I live with.
This time, living with it was difficult. My breathing was labored. I could not talk long without getting dizzy. My blood pressure seemed to drop as I ran out of breath. I could not walk at any pace without losing my breath. I coughed throughout the day. I don’t have COPD, but I think that I may now understand what it feels like. Continue reading “Mechanical Ventilation”
The #metoo movement is rolling full steam ahead. By the close of 2018, we saw the conviction of Bill Cosby, the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, and many more accusations of high profile men. It would seem in 2019, that the #metoo movement will not loose momentum any time soon as evidenced by the Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelley” documentary. Continue reading “Can the Church Say #MeToo? Part 2”
I will use the familiar story of the resurrection of Lazarus as the backdrop to a message that the Lord has been speaking to me. I have been going through a very difficult season in my life. For the first time in my 28-year Christian walk I found myself saying “Lord, if you had been here”. Continue reading “Believe That!”
The #metoo movement is rolling full steam ahead. By the close of 2018, we saw the conviction of Bill Cosby, the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, and many more accusations of high profile men. It would seem in 2019, that the #metoo movement will not loose momentum any time soon as evidenced by the Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelley” documentary. Continue reading “Can the Church Say #MeToo? Part 1”
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Why do we sing the Black National Anthem? That is a question that I am sure many people have asked themselves. What is it exactly and why is it necessary? Before we can answer this question, we must first understand the social, historical, and political context of how the song came into existence.
How can a loving God send people to eternal punishment? Is hell just a Greek concept that made its way into Christianity? Is it a physical place, or is it conceptual? The eternal debate about infernal punishment rages on. In this episode of Listen Radio, we answer the question; “Is hell real?”
Who’s still a Christian anyway?
Across various social media platforms, people are renouncing Christianity. YouTube videos entice viewers with the tagline, “Why I’m no longer Christian.” Articles and blogs share the same sentiment giving the impression that The Great Apostasy is in full throttle!
According to a study conducted between 2007 and 2014 by the Pew Research Center (2015), the number of those who identified as Christian fell from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014 with the greatest decline in the Mainline Protestant denominations. While the data does seem to support the idea of “a gradual falling away from the faith”, there is a greater conversation to be had among those who call themselves Christians. Therefore, rather than focus on why Christianity seems to be declining, I want to concentrate on why we call ourselves Christians and what is a more accurate description?