F.O.M.’s first official project: Creation of a “Home Base” of operations

In previous posts I’ve shared about my friendship with Donteau Gladney and our dream to create Faith of a Mustard Seed’s (F.o.M.) a social purpose business that would empower people of color in Indianapolis through home and business ownership. We’ve asked you to consider standing with us in this initiative. I’ve laid the executive summaryContinue reading “F.O.M.’s first official project: Creation of a “Home Base” of operations”

Here I Stand: Imago Dei

Yesterday morning at our church’s men’s prayer time, we had an excellent discussion of Genesis 1:27, one of the foundational passages of the Bible on the dignity and status of all persons. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” WeContinue reading “Here I Stand: Imago Dei”

Recover Gracefully or what to do when your plans change (Steps 2 & 3)

In a previous post I told how my daughter Jackie and I planned to take a month long painting road trip from San Diego to Seattle along Highway 101 as part of my three month sabbatical and how I chose to cancel my sabbatical and our road trip due to Covid-19. I shared a termContinue reading “Recover Gracefully or what to do when your plans change (Steps 2 & 3)”

Faith of a Mustard Seed Business Plan

The Need Indianapolis, IN, has a history of racism. Indianapolis was once the hub of the KKK. Crispus Attucks High School was built to be an all-black public high school partly because some white residents of the city did not want their children to attend an integrated high school. It was built in the areaContinue reading “Faith of a Mustard Seed Business Plan”

Breaking Bread

You are made for communion, for deep fellowship with other people. This communion is most heavenly and intense in the church. The fellowship we have with the Father, Son and Spirit and other Christians is symbolized and strengthened by the sacrament of communion, the LORD’s supper. This is the defining act of Christian community. ItContinue reading “Breaking Bread”

The Cost of Being an Ally, and the Cost of Not Being an Ally

There are a lot of calls today to ally with the African American community in their struggle for justice. While I prefer to to be a friend with my black brothers and sisters, OK, let’s go with ally. Good enough. The rally cry is to not let down our allies by growing weary in listeningContinue reading “The Cost of Being an Ally, and the Cost of Not Being an Ally”

Ten Practical Ways You Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism

Here are ten practical ways you can help dismantle systemic racism, going from easiest to hardest. 10. speak out about systemic racism and say #blacklivesmatter on social media. 9. stand up for your black brothers and sisters by a peaceful protest. 8. invest in African American owned business by changing your purchasing habits. 7. toContinue reading “Ten Practical Ways You Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism”

Let’s Talk About Race

It has been a brutal month for African Americans in our country. Have you beenupset, outraged, and saddened to hear about senseless deaths of black people inour nation? Does it leave you with more questions than answers? Do you want toknow as a white person what you can do about it? You are invited toContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Race”

Will You Stand With Us?

In a previous post I shared about my friend Donteau Gladney, Sr. and a decision I made to stand with him on a project that he and I have talked about, dreamed of, and planned for many years. The last two weeks we’ve talked about the details of the business plan. ll share more detailsContinue reading “Will You Stand With Us?”