Charlie Date’s Sermon from MLK50

Rev. Charlie Dates was one of my favorite preachers at MLK50 Conference. This sermon stirred my soul like few have ever.

I’ve shared with you our TRC family and those who read this blog from around the world some of our little and small experiences being a multi-ethnic family and how we’ve come to see things with a new set of eyes due to our experiences.

Now, I want you to see things from the perspective of our brothers and sisters in Christ who share our doctrinal distinctives but are part of a different cultural manifestation of those doctrinal distinctives.

This sermon made me laugh, cry, rejoice and mourn. I trust it will do the same for you.

I’ve never met Pastor Dates, but I was in the room for this sermon, and I’d love for him to know the Spirit used him with might in my own soul, and I trust he will in yours.

For those who are not in Rome, GA but read this blog from afar, I say, just listen and learn, unless you already know and in that case, just give the ole holy grunt and amen.

For us TRC people, I want you to listen, learn and lets begin to take our orthodoxy to orthopraxy. I know only a little from our experiences, and I know there is more on the horizon with teenage boys who are multi-ethnic. In some ways I don’t even know what I don’t know yet, but our brother’s and sister’s experiences are real. We need to listen, learn, and act for their sake and for our own sake.

For those who just want to argue, I’d say don’t waste your time. I don’t have time for foolishness. I’m only interested in dwelling in the light and dealing a death blow to darkness.

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