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Congratulations, Michelle

I’ve known Michelle Higgins for about 20 years. We were in the youth group together at New City Fellowship (PCA) in Chattanooga. We also attended Chattanooga Christian School together where we both sang in the choir and even performed in a stage adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” together. (I was Mr. Darcy and Michelle was the mother, “Mrs. Bennett.”) Later, in college, we were ministry interns at that same church for a summer where we had some crazy times learning about how to love and serve as church staff. Later, we were able to hang out again when she and her family relocated back to St Louis where I currently live. Michelle came here to get her MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, the denominational seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America. Since then, we’ve been able to collaborate on a number of events and our churches, New City Fellowship in St Louis (PCA) and South City Church (PCA) have been able to grow together as sister congregations in our presbytery.

I finally got to watch her talk this morning (I’ve been chasing my kids around, gimme a break) and I want to say that I personally endorse and support everything she said. I know she’s getting flack about what was said about adoption/abortion, and I want to say a hearty “AMEN” about her comments. I am now an adoptive parent and I have been a foster parent of 10 other children. I believe that abortion is murder, but the church in America can’t shout about abortion legislation without putting foster care and adoption in that same conversation.

If you watch her message at Urbana 2015 and think that she’s “blaming white people” or promoting hate of some kind, then I’m sharing all this to let you know from my personal experience that Michelle Higgins loves White folks. Her life is a testimony of the reconciling power of the Holy Spirit to break down the walls of division. In my 20 years of knowing her, she has been a compassionate and prophetic voice to both White and Black folks (and more).

I deeply respect her for being willing to say things that will get criticized. I’m not too comfortable even writing this endorsement because of the flack that I might get! But we need prophetic voices to say these things and not flinch. So, Michelle, thank you and congratulations for how God is using you at such a time as this.

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Live from Twin Oaks Presbyterian, it’s Sunday night!

Members of the New City Fellowship Music Team are once again going to participate in our presbytery’s Reformation Day Service. This year’s joint service is going to be hosted by Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church which is about a million miles from here. You should be there, too.

We’re going to lead the congregation in Jesus My Great High Priest, Nitamwimbia Bwana, and Come Over Here. I am excited about another opportunity to share my song as well as another chance to share our church’s unique multicultural perspective to our PCA brethren. Sometimes these events can feel a little awkward, and at times even paternalistic. But I am thankful that they would include NCF, and I am confident that reconciliation, forgiveness, and unity are part of the Spirit’s work in these events. Besides, the Kingdom of God is bigger than our church and the power of the Spirit can work even through broken circumstances and relationships. He is our peace. Amen? So, bring the whole family out to Twin Oaks this weekend and get a little dose of Presbyterian hospitality. Besides, what would Martin Luther do?

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