Why I’ve Never Cared About Black History Month

February 22, 2013 by  
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This week’s Pulse comes from Pastor Bobby Lee

As we continue in this season of Lent, I am constantly reminded of how much my life is centered around me. It’s actually a decently painful process of awareness. I usually spend some time in the morning perusing the news on the internet and gloss over things that “don’t concern me” and move quickly and intently to the things that “interest me.” This may seem normal and may even sound sensical. But, I’m more and more convicted that it’s not good.

This year, Lent happens to partially coincide with Black History Month and, to be absolutely honest, I have never taken a considerable amount of time to immerse myself in Black History. Apart from reading a book of Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermons and a short study on Black Liberation Theology, I have not done much at all to understand African-American history. My internal rationale is that “it’s not my culture” or “I don’t even know my own native culture that well, so why would I delve into another?” Ironically, however, I know that it is our deep desire to be known by others. The wilderness is unveiling an unhealthy amount of attention to myself and I am moved to repent.

My lack of engagement with the depth and beauty of the African-American story is not just a rejection of my brother and sister, it is a rejection of God himself. I was reading and reflecting on Psalm 51 this week and as David is convicted of his sin with Bathsheba, he declares to the Lord, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” This draws me to my knees and helps me to realize the greater consequence of my actions – or more appropriately, my inaction.

In honor of Black History Month, we have been posting sermons, videos, and other literary pieces to help us grow deeper in our understanding and appreciation of African-American history and theology. The piece that we’re posting here is not to be missed. In this interview, Dr. James Cone articulates the reality and symbols of the noose and the lynching tree, how these powerful images relate to the symbol of the cross, and how they signify both tragedy and triumph. Dr. Cone will help us see the necessity of understanding historical realities and how they intertwine, connect, and even conflict with the Kingdom of God. In essence, to overlook or neglect African-American history is to neglect key theological insight that directly affects our lives today.

I want to encourage you to watch this in its entirety. I want to challenge you to embrace and meditate upon what is being shared. Lastly, I want you to be confident that as we grow in our embrace of our African-American brothers and sisters, we grow in our vision and knowledge of God.

Humbly,

Pastor Bobby

Bill Moyer interview with Dr. James Cone

Convergence Weekly 3/11/2011

March 11, 2011 by  
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Dear  Convergence Family,

I wanted to remind you that this Sunday marks the ‘leap forward’ for your clocks by one hour!  That’s right! Daylight savings time is here which means one hour of less sleep but more daylight.

This Sunday, we’ll also be taking a break from Philippians and exploring Jesus’ time in the wilderness.  This is such a rich passage that will help us further engage in this season of Lent.

This Sunday is also ‘Freedom Sunday’ so there’s going to be a screening of the rockumentary ‘Call and Response’ in the evening.  There’ll be another announcement for this coming out later today and more information on Sunday at service as well.

I’m looking forward to our Sunday together!!!

Grace and Peace,

Bobby