Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Shepastor: “A Celebration of Women – Women’s History Month…”

 

 29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31: 29-31, KJV



March is officially designated as “Women’s History Month.”

About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. (Read more at https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/ )

 This week, Shepastor highlights a new book edited by Rev. Dr. Alfie Wines,

I Wish Somebody Had told Me: Equity for Women in the Church.
In this ground breaking work, pastors, leaders, professors and teachers, men and women, share their insights regarding the inequities women in ministry continue to face. But it doesn’t stop there. It also highlights the victories, resiliency and hope for women called by God to serve this present age. Below are quotes by a few of the women leaders included in this outstanding work…












You can purchase I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Equity for Women in the Church by clicking here

Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Shepastor: "Pew Research Features Dialogue on the History, Impact and Future of the Black Church..."

 Greetings Shepastor Friends!

As we celebrate Black History month, today, Shepastor highlights an upcoming Pew Research webinar on the Black Church, next Tuesday, February 16th at 3:00 p.m., EST. See details and the invitation below...




Unpacking Black American Religious Life: Praising God, Opposing Racism, and Challenging Black Churches

Pew Research Center invites you to join a virtual presentation and conversation about findings from the Center’s most comprehensive, in-depth study of religion among Black Americans (to be released February 16, 2021). We will unpack the diverse religious lives of Black Americans by examining the role race plays in religious experience, the impact of religion and church on everyday life, and how social views, styles of worship and the content of sermons vary across different types of congregations.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 - 1:00 pm PT

Presentation

“Faith Among Black Americans”
Dr. Besheer Mohamed, Pew Research Center
Dr. Kiana Cox, Pew Research Center

 

A discussion with

Dr. W. Franklin Richardson, Conference of National Black Churches

Prof. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Colby College
Prof. Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania

 

Followed by

Q&A and discussion with the audience

Register Here



I hope that you will join me on this webinar for this enlightening and powerful discussion!


In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,

Pastor Chris


www.shepastorchris.org

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Shepastor: “Destiny…Providence…God’s Will…"

 


“…And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther 4: 14b

Due to a strange turn of events, Queen Vashti was unjustly removed as Queen of Persia when she refused to perform lewd dancing before her husband, King Ahasuerus and his drunken friends (Esther 1:1 and following). Although she maintained her dignity, she has been maligned as a rebellious wife and an arrogant woman (another blog for another day!!!). As a result, the King began a search for a new Queen.

Long story short, a beautiful, “fresh” young lady by the name of Esther was chosen. At the time, the King did not know that she was a Jew. Eventually, she would be challenged to reveal her true identity when her people were threatened with annihilation. Her uncle Mordecai urged her with these words,

“…And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4: 14b

Was it destiny? Was it providence? People of faith declare, “It was God’s will, God’s purpose and God’s timing…”

Today our nation experienced another, “for such a time as this” moment. Following four years of turmoil, deep racial divisions, “hyper other-ism,” tribalism and unprecedented deceit from a presidential administration, a new day has dawned in America! Today, we witnessed a “peaceful transition of power.”

Today we witnessed the swearing in of the first African American/Southeast Asian Woman Vice President, in the person of Kamala Harris! Today we witnessed the first African American man (Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock) and the first Jewish man (Jon Ossoff) sworn in as Senators of Georgia. Today we witnessed the first National Youth Poet Laureate, in the person of Amanda Gorman! WHAT A HISTORIC DAY!!!

But one of the most powerful things we witnessed today was the swearing in of the 


oldest person to ever become President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden, age 78!
His story is particularly inspiring because of his life journey. A man who struggles with stuttering, a man who came from “blue collar” America, a man who did not attend an ivy league school, a man who lost his first wife and daughter on the week he was to be sworn in as a U.S. Senator. He is a man who ran for the presidency no less than three times (1988, 2008, 2020)!

Many thought that he was too old. Many thought that he couldn’t talk right. Many thought that he was not progressive enough. You name it, he was not the 1st choice…until now… Now, Joe Biden became just what our nation needed… a man filled with wisdom, dignity, calm, stability and experience…a man who is respected on “both sides of the isle…” a man who has a shot at bringing our country back together.

What made the difference? Did he change? Did he gain some different attributes? Did he somehow get a makeover? NO! The difference was God’s timing!

God’s timing is always different than our timing. You may think that your time has passed. You may feel its too late. You may have tried several times and failed. But God has a time, a space and a place where your gifts will shine through, your purpose will be made clear and your new day will dawn!


In the “fullness of time,” you will break out on the left and the right! You will make the difference that you were called to make. YOU WILL fulfill all that God has ordained for you to accomplish.

Don’t give up. Don’t be thwarted by the nay sayers. Keep on doing what the Lord has made you to do. Be the best YOU that you can, by the power of the Holy Ghost and God’s grace.

Your “for such a time as this,” will be revealed.

In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,

Pastor Chris

www.shepastorchris.org