The Socio-Spiritual Reflections of Rev. Derrick K. Holmes

Thanks, But No Thanks: Why I Do Not Want 45 To Denounce White Supremacy

What do we really want?  In this season of American politics, in the wake of the recent miscarriages of justice that span from Charlottesville, VA  to Columbus, OH to Salt Lake City, UT and all points between, many who are affected, afflicted, and appalled by the realities of racism have…

Can We Start Praying Again?

Growing up in the Bronx, New York, I was raised for the majority of my formative years by my grandparents.  My grandfather (Lord, bless his soul) was a very stern and serious man. Both intelligent and compassionate, much of what I have learned about what it means to be a…

Morning Meditations-July 1st, 2017 346 am

-This new Jay-Z Album is fresh!  I love how great music is dropping unexpectedly again like it did back when I was a child.  I also love how the collective consciousness of our community is elevating & that elevation is reflective in so much of the artistic expression out right…

4 Ways My Church Shows Me That They Love Me

By the time you read this, It will be my 3rd anniversary as the privileged pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Circleville, Ohio.  It has truly been a blessed union of pastor and people; not without its share of struggle, but one where God's goodness, grace, and mercy have proven…

When Demons Aren’t Discussed

In the 5th Chapter of the Luke's Gospel, we find a particular passage of scripture.  One in which Jesus is having a very curious conversation with an unlikely collaborator.  The context in which the text occurs suggests that Jesus has traveled across the sea of Galilee with His disciples for…

Where Are The Pastors?: Clergy And The New Civil Rights Movement

A few days ago, I was at a City Council event where citizens, elected officials and community leaders alike all gathered in the same place to discuss issues going on in the city. In Columbus, Ohio, tensions between police officers and the public are high because of the deaths of…

Give Joseph A Job

The reality of the prison industrial complex is one that negatively affects persons (the majority of which are people of color) all over this country.  Presently, the United States houses over a quarter of the world's prison population despite representing only 1% of the world population. Upwards of 2 million…

History Lessens: When Black History Is Remembered & Not Repeated

  The 15 Chapter of Paul's letter to the body of believers in Rome finds him offering perspective to way in which the church ought view Old Testament writ.  The Apostle Paul writes in the 4th verse, "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so…

Morning Meditations Jan 20th, 2017 3:09 AM

- Man, I was sleeping so good just now.  Must have nodded off while reading. Why am I up?  Lord, why did you wake me?  I'm listening... -In a few hours, Donald Trump will be elected as somebody's new President.  He won't be mine and I won't be watching.  I…

I Had A Dream Too

I had a dream that I was meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for lunch at a small, family owned, soul food restaurant on the poorer side of town.  I sat at the table reading a book when I noticed him walk through the door and address the greeter stationed…