“On Writing Well: A Few Good Tips about Effective Writing”

“On Writing Well: A Few Good Tips about Effective Writing”

1. Writing is about imitation. Individuals who have become good, strong, and professional writers had to learn the craft (art ?) of writing from someone they trust. In the process, you will develop your own identity and voice as a writer.

2. Good writers never stop improving their craft. In other words, effective writers are permanent students who believe that they can always say it more effectively and differently.

3. Whatever your Composition Professor is teaching you about the writing process and the mechanics of writing, he/she would like you to incorporate the newly-acquired skills in your next essay or future writing project. We do not want you to just learn it and store it in your brain; we want you to do it on paper. Show it to us through the written word!

4. Writing is about demonstration, not mere memorization. A writer is a person who writes. Writing is an activity one does and practices. To express it differently, one is not a writer until one writes. The one who writes understands that the writing process requires sacrifice, time investment, and discipline. Correspondingly, the process of producing good writing comes with revisions, disappointments, and even discouragement; the process of writing well calls for patience, endurance, and responsibility.

5. The goal of writing is communication. If the writer does not communicate effectively, he or she is not writing effectively and understandably. The one who writes actively and is concerned about reaching his or her audience, this individual is mindful about what to write about and will figure out the most constructive way to articulate the subject matter with clarity and precision.

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“Hymns and Sound Theology”

“Hymns and Sound Theology”

I am a big fan of the Protestant Hymns. They embody profound theological narratives and discourses about God, humanity, and salvation; they also articulate a deep reverence for God’s holiness, majesty, and sovereignty, and simultaneously the weakness and independence of humanity in view of God’s transcendence and self-sufficiency.

One of my favorite hymns of all time is arguably “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” which the great Protestant Reformer and Theologian Martin Luther wrote and composed between 1527 and 1529. The hymn is based on the message of Psalm 46.

” Bondye ou Fidel” (“God: You are faithful” or “The Faithful God” ), by Fidel Delly Benson, is one of the most powerful Christian and theological songs ever written in the Creole language. I have listened to this song countless times. Its theology is deep, as it reminds me of the theological precision and clarity of “A Mighty Fortress”; the message it conveys is comforting, encouraging, and liberating.

” Bondye ou Fidel” is both theocentric and christocentric.

Blessed are the churches that still sing the great hymns of the Christian faith, they will be called the churches of the living God. 🙂

Happy Listening and Worship!

Ten Major Issues Facing the American Nation Today:

Ten Major Issues Facing the American Nation Today:

1. Lack of civility, integrity, and transparency in the highest governmental offices.

2. Lack of moral decency and purity among church ministers/clergy, and lack of compassion and empathy for the poor and the needy in contemporary American churches.

3. A crisis in gender identity and unfounded alternative sexual preferences and choices.

4. The abandonment of moral absolutes, ethical norms, and intellectual truths.

5. The physical distance and emotional alienation technology and social media have created among people.

6. The problem of historical amnesia and the erasure of historical truths in the nation’s (collective) memory.

7.The rape culture and prevalence of toxic masculinity that we refuse to acknowledge as a national crisis.

8. The corporate silence of Evangelical Churches and Christian ministers concerning social justice issues, race relations in churches, and their inaction towards public policies disenfranchising the nation’s working class people, and the economically-disavantaged black and brown people, as well as poor whites–resulting the legal systematic killing and incarceration of America’s most vulnerable population.

9. The false equation of American prosperity and American supremacy with divine blessings and favoritism, and Biblical Christianity and piety.

10. The tension between obsessive individualism and relational community, leading to inhospitable attitude or treatment toward strangers, the unknown, even family members.

The Goal of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching!

To my fellow pastors and ministers of the Gospel of God:

The ultimate goal of pastoral ministry and preacging is spelled out by Paul in this verse:

“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!”– Galatians 4:19

That Christ may be fully developed, nurtured, exalted, and honored in the lives of the people of God in your congregation.

Let the followers of Christ in your congregation know that this is your single and unnegotiable passion for them and toward their full spiritual maturity and full human flourishing in Christ Jesus.

On God, Wealth, and Nations!

Prosperity in the so-called First World or developed nations is not a sign of God’s grace or blessing.

In the same way, poverty in the so-called Third World or developing nations is not an indication of divine abandonment or God’s curse upon those nations.

God’s presence is not measured by material blessings nor technological advances in those advanced societies.

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

If you had the power and influence to make changes, mame three things you would like to change in your city/state/our society?
Do provide specific responses!

The three things I would like to change are:

1. Free College Tuition to families whose annual income is under $ 100, 000 and half College tuition to families whose income ranges from $ 100, 000 to $ 150, 000, annually (this is at the state level, folks; I live in Florida.)

2. Give degree-seeking students more options to pursue different degree programs by adding more degrees and majors to our four year state colleges; for example, a student should be able to earn a B.A. in English, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Psychology, etc. (this option is for every state college in the country.)

3. Make it mandatory for every high school student to learn a trade while pursuing simultaneously the high school diploma; the student will graduate both with the high school diploma and the chosen trade (this option is for every high school in the country.)

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

If you had the power and influence to make changes, mame three things you would like to change in your city/state/our society?
Do provide specific responses!

The three things I would like to change are:

1. Free College Tuition to families whose annual income is under $ 100, 000 and half College tuition to families whose income ranges from $ 100, 000 to $ 150, 000, annually (this is at the state level, folks; I live in Florida.)

2. Give degree-seeking students more options to pursue different degree programs by adding more degrees and majors to our four year state colleges; for example, a student should be able to earn a B.A. in English, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Psychology, etc. (this option is for every state college in the country.)

3. Make it mandatory for every high school student to learn a trade while pursuing simultaneously the high school diploma; the student will graduate both with the high school diploma and the chosen trade (this option is for every high school in the country.)