The Achievement Gap

In Louisiana, it did not matter whether children went to private schools or public schools. Both middle-class students and under-resourced children received similar scores on standardized tests to their respective peer groups regardless of the school they attended. Their school made very little difference. On the other hand, parental SES made all the difference. 

The Achievement Gap2024-01-28T18:48:24+00:00

Diving In

Noble intentions often fall victim to comfort and security . . . If there had been an easier way, I would have likely taken it. Sometimes God uses forcing moves to get us to where we need to be.

Diving In2024-01-28T14:49:07+00:00

The Bayou

The Bayou Our time at the Antioch church was as blessed as it was brief. After serving there for several

The Bayou2024-02-03T19:18:03+00:00

From Preaching to Politics

I needed more understanding, more empathy, and more curiosity. I needed to learn to love the way Jesus loved and I needed to see the world the way He sees it. On July 4th, 1997, I stood alone as a man in need of God’s transforming love.

From Preaching to Politics2024-01-28T14:04:35+00:00

Déjà vu

Déjà vu We can learn a lot by reflecting on the patterns that have emerged in our lives. They

Déjà vu2024-02-03T19:11:33+00:00

Brooklyn River Babies Cry for Help

As we journey upstream, we must remember that everyone is captive to their own experiences. We can only truly know our own world: we merely believe that we understand the experiences of others. Our experiences, in turn, influence our perspectives.

Brooklyn River Babies Cry for Help2024-01-28T14:18:58+00:00

From the Orange Groves to High Falls

Like every child, I believed that my hometown was the best city on earth. Many years later, I still believe I was fortunate to have grown up there, but I now have a more nuanced view.

From the Orange Groves to High Falls2024-01-28T14:05:09+00:00

From the Genesee River

Yes, like all American cities, Rochester had an exceptional past, but it also has some truly ugly stories that have remained carefully untold. Stories that those neighbors and my own dad had never heard. The racial conflicts which spawned “white flight” were symptoms of deeper problems.

From the Genesee River2024-01-28T14:05:23+00:00


Interdependence Think of the individuals who have shaped your life the most. Who were they? Was it a teacher, a

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