Miles G. McPherson
Miles McPherson is the Senior Pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego. He is also a motivational speaker and author. McPherson's latest book “The Third Option” speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God.
God has sent the Church into a world that is in critical condition, but how often do we ask ourselves if the Church is actually helping? How often do we stand there with our Bibles and our theology and not actually do something to serve the world in practical ways?
As we contemplate and celebrate our spiritual and physical freedom over the month of July, take a moment to pray and ask God what He would like you to do with that freedom. Christ set us free for something — so that we would use our freedom to serve each other out of love and grow in deeper levels of freedom each day through the Holy Spirit.
Whether we fully understand it or not, our fathers impact the way we see God. And God intended for our fathers to demonstrate His love, as Matthew 7:9-11 indicates.
I know that much of this is conjecture, but the main point I want to hit home here is this: most of the biblical heroes in the Bible — including Moses, Ruth, Mary, and Jesus Himself — were raised and shaped by the care of their mothers. And that means that the mothers of the Bible are very much heroes of the Bible, as well.
Being made in God’s image has many implications, one of which is that human beings are uniquely designed to have dominion over the earth. But note that the passage states, “Let Us make man in Our image.”
This quote from Martin Luther King Jr. has truly marked my life. As a young boy, I incurred all kinds of wounds related to racism. Because I grew up in a racially diverse family, I never fell comfortably into any one racial category in the eyes of others.
As I reflected on this story after the event, I was so moved by this little boy’s self-sacrifice that I couldn’t shake it.
The Bible makes it really clear that there is a direct correlation between gratitude and generosity. Before Jesus fed the multitude, he gave thanks for the five loaves of bread and two fish that he had in his possession (John 6:11). He modeled what it looks like to give thanks to the Father and give generously from a place of faith.
Both of my grandfathers were black, while one of my grandmothers was white and the other was black and Chinese. I also grew up in two very racially distinct neighborhoods. The area that I lived in was 95% black, but the neighborhood in which I attended school was 100% white. I was criticized for both being black and for not being black enough.
Our world is flooded with trauma, injustice and division, and sending our kids back to school in the midst of this polarized cultural moment can feel a bit like we are sending them to the front lines of war. Will our kids be able to withstand the cultural pressures they face in the classroom?