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Pastor Michael Walrond Jr

Stories by Pastor Michael

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Live, love and laugh

An avalanche of emotions floods the spirit when the news of the unexpected passing of...

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Moving from self-deception

I do not believe that anyone likes to feel as though they have been lied...

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It has to be local

Over the past four years, many people in the Black community have criticized President Barack...

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The goal of life

As a pastor, I encounter many persons who find themselves trying to navigate the complex...

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Creating in the dark

Life is truly a journey--a journey filled with episodes that can cause spontaneous eruptions of...

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We are the ones

On Aug. 9, 1978, June Jordan, the late poet and political activist, presented a poem...

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We need the trumpets

No matter how many times I see the tears and hear the cries of mothers...

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Press forward

Have you ever felt like a prisoner of your mistakes or trapped in the place...

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Confront your fears

It is amazing how at times our greatest dreams have a way of colliding with...

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Be human, be compassionate

I weep for those who are the enemies of compassion--persons who live with an abiding...

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Pharaoh and the carbonated culprit

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pinpointed the perpetrator that is undermining the possibilities and eclipsing the...

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Revolutionary reclamation

As I look out of my bedroom window, I am ashamed at how often I've...

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Soul music

There are lyrics that languish within the unfathomable corridors of the soul, lyrics that are...

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The borders of bravery

In an age of conformity, the courageous among us do not live on the borders...

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I dare you to live

The fear of being irrelevant can be suffocating and stifling. In sobering moments of transparency,...

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A murder in the Bronx

There is a tragic heaviness I feel in my spirit that is equal to my...

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Temper tantrums and handcuffs

I have a tremendous respect for schoolteachers. In fact, I am convinced that the most...

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No photos with pharaoh

I recently had the opportunity to attend a breakfast at Gracie Mansion with a small...

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Trayvon Martin and the legacy of suspicion

The senseless and tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, a young African-American male, has sparked outrage...

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Springtime blues

The early signs of summer's dawn are evidenced by the unseasonable and unusually warm weather...

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The quest for approval

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all desire the affirmation of others....

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'Class' is in session

"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." It has...

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New places within

Jim Wallis, the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, once wrote: "Social movements that can...

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Get busy living

As the chill of winter descends upon us, we are reminded that another year is...

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The other 1 percent

I am among the many people who applaud the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street...

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Beware of burnout

In his book, "Questions God Asks Us," Trevor Hudson tells a story of a man...

Troy Davis, Lawrence Russell Brewer and the death penalty

At the outset, let me ask for forgiveness for having the audacity to write about...

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Costly sacrifice

I remember hearing many years ago a profound sermon delivered by one of my mentors,...

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All life matters

I recently received a text message from a friend of mine, Tamika Mallory. Mallory is...

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King-sized fear

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial dedication ceremony, scheduled for this past weekend, was...