Pastor Praises Till The Cops Come Knockin’…

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Pastor Johnnie Clark and First Lady Harriet Clark...

Pastor Johnnie Clark and First Lady Harriet Clark…

This morning when you go to church, I want you to lift up Pastor Johnnie Clark of Rehoboth United Assemblies Church in Columbia, South Carolina in prayer as he finds himself in jail this Sunday morning…What did the PASTOR do to find himself in jail you are probably asking? Did he steal something? No. Did he have a bunch of traffic tickets? No. Was he a public menace? You’re getting closer…

Pastor Clark is in jail this morning because the church’s praise and worship has violated the city’s noise ordinance as reported by the church’s neighbors…According to the article “Pastor Gets Jail Time for Noisy Church” by Steven Dial, wltx.com, Columbia police officers have been dispatched more than 50 times to the church for violating the ordinance and now Pastor Clark is in jail for TWO WEEKS!!! He was found guilty in a jury trial…

Pastor Clark and his wife, First Lady Harriet Clark, were quoted as saying, “I can’t believe it, jail time, for serving God, what’s next.”

To read the entire story, go to wltx.com.

So quite honestly, a part of me wants to laugh because it so outrageous that a pastor has been put in jail for his church’s praise and worship, another part of me admires that their praise and worship was so on fire that the church’s neighbors had no choice but to listen, and another part of me wonders if Christians have become unfair targets…What say you?

I don’t know where this question originated or who initially asked the question, but this question is an awesome question to ask ourselves every once in a while…

If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Obviously there would be enough evidence for Pastor Clark and his church…at least as far as praise and worship is concerned…

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#WhyIStayed…Don’t Judge Domestic Violence Survivors…

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As we all know, domestic violence, unfortunately, is not a new issue and has often sparked national conversation…Remember the Farah Fawcett movie “The Burning Bed?”…But with the Monday TMZ release of the video in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his wife Janay (then fiancee), knocking her unconscious and to the floor of an elevator, domestic violence is once again the topic of a national conversation…as it should be…

For women like myself who, fortunately, have no experience with domestic abuse, it is hard to understand why women will marry an abusive man as Janay did AFTER the incident in the elevator and stay with an abusive husband…However, unlike in 1984, when that groundbreaking movie “The Burning Bed” was released, new platforms such as Twitter and Instagram give the opportunity for women across the nation and the world to speak about their experiences with domestic violence…

Janay spoke out yesterday about she is choosing to stay with Ray Rice on Instagram…

janay instagramAnd many women, in an effort to help people understand rather than judge, tweeted about whey they stayed using the hashtag #WhyIStayed….

Below are a few of the tweets that I read with this important hash tag…

Beverly Gooden, author of “Confessions of a Church Girl” and creator of the hashtag #WhyIStayed, spoke about why she stayed in an abusive marriage on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning…

And below is a video of the interview…


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So as we continue to have this important conversation, let’s support rather judge domestic violence survivors…

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41 is the NEW 21…At least that’s what I’m telling myself…

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So all week long I have been thinking about how to spin my birthday…which is TODAY!!!!

One-year-old Jackie

One-year-old Jackie

There are so many other more popular ages…Everyone loves one year olds…They smell new (well, not always)…They can barely walk and talk which is good if you want to ignore them from to time…And you generally feel sorry for the little parasites because they are dependent on everybody for nearly everything…

Jackie at six...

Jackie at six…

Six year olds have fans too…They are excited by notebook paper and pencils which makes them pretty easy to please…They have started loosing teeth which makes listening to them hilarious…You can scare them easily…Even the

Me at  13...

Me at 13…

unlucky 13 year olds are praised….The boys’ voices start to crack which is good for laughs…The girls start to stress out over boys which is also good for laughs…And you can leave them at home by themselves at least for a short time unless you have bad seeds…And of course,

Sweet sixteen...

Sweet sixteen…

there are the sweet 16 year olds…Every 16 year old I’ve ever met reminds me of why I loved Molly Ringwald movies…teenage angst at its best…It makes all of us feel pretty good that we are no longer in agony or have pimples which is why 16 is a pretty good age…There are tons of Sweet 16 greeting cards in every store…And they can drive you around…

21 baby...

21 baby…

And of course, the 21 year olds live in a constant state of nirvana…Everything is tight and right… Legally, they can do anything they please…And still people loan and or give them money because they are only 21….The 30 year olds get love

30 & Flirty...

30 & Flirty…

too…They get sympathy because everyone recognizes there is no turning back to childhood…But everything is still tight and right…And people start respecting them more because they are finally stacking more paper…Even the 40 year olds get

40 & Fabulous...

40 & Fabulous…

props…People compliment them like crazy if they still look good and or younger…And they get no judgment if they look a little lived in or have gained a pound or two every year for the last 10 years…And they are usually deemed pretty respectable because they have pretty good jobs, wives and or husbands, well-cared-for pets, grown up houses, etc. and take fabulous vacations…

But nobody’s really checking for the 41 year olds…So what if they look good for age? They are 41 so that cancels that out…So what if they have a nice house and or apartment, etc.? They should by this age…So what if they take fabulous vacations? They should by this age…Fill in blank…

But then again, maybe 41 is the gateway age…By that I mean it’s first age that people are still surprised they are here at all…Seriously though, I’m truly grateful that God allowed mr to see 41 and any other age I’ve been or will be…Won’t He Do It?

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

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