The Mark of Cain

I have just finished reading the new book by Robert Jones, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. It is very well done and disturbingly, brutally clear in its examination of the intertwining of American Christianity and the supremacy of white people from the beginning of our nation’s history to the … Continue reading The Mark of Cain

Several short sentences about writing

One of the best books I have read recently, and probably the best book on writing I have ever read, is Several short sentences about writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Jamie picked it up for me when we were at a bookstore a couple of months ago thinking I would like it. Klinkenborg has a Ph.D. … Continue reading Several short sentences about writing

Following the Way

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, TexasJuly 19, 2020Brent Beasley https://www.youtube.com/embed/D0e6y3C73m0 I have lived in Fort Worth for the last eleven years. I lead an organization called the Fort Worth Education Partnership, which is dedicated to the idea that every child in Fort Worth deserves access to a high-quality public education, no matter what … Continue reading Following the Way

A Quality Education for All

High up in the Winchester Cathedral in England sits a stained glass window that is extremely unusual for the time in which it was created — the 17th century. It doesn’t represent a scene from the Bible. It doesn’t memorialize a saint. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors, a very contemporary looking stained glass window. It’s … Continue reading A Quality Education for All

Holy Interruptions: Jesus

Mark 11:1-11 Broadway Baptist Church Palm Sunday March 29, 2015 Brent Beasley The story actually begins earlier and miles away, in Galilee, where Jesus of Nazareth lived and for three years taught in the synagogues in the fishing villages around the lake and on the hillsides and on the roads. He had gathered followers, disciples, … Continue reading Holy Interruptions: Jesus

Before You Get to the Altar

Matthew 5:21-26 Rising Star Baptist Church Sixth Sunday after Epiphany February 16, 2020 Brent Beasley When your heart is clenched in anger, it is shut tight against love. And you only have one heart. [Barbara Blaisdell, “Pastoral Perspective,” Feasting on the Gospels, Matthew, Volume 1, p. 94] Now, Jesus does not simply say, Do not … Continue reading Before You Get to the Altar