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

Worse Than Oppression: Understanding The Line Between Righteousness & Rage

This weekend was a historic one in the world of black cinema.  Marvel's Black Panther (directed by prodigious filmmaker Ryan Coogler) hit theaters this past Thursday amid much buzz and anticipation. Sporting an all black main cast and a deep sense of ethnic pride (as the story was set in in…

It’s Not Too Late: Rebuilding The Black Community Through The Black Church

The landscape for many of our communities (and those who reside in them) is so bleak; clouded and soiled by issues we have become indifferent and insensate towards.  From high incarceration rates to generational poverty.  From HIV/AIDS plaguing our people to misguided youth who replicate the misguided adults connected to…

Re-Imagining The Church

I believe that our deepest love for something (or someone) is often made manifest in how honest we are about its current state. This demonstrates the depth of the devotion we have toward it. It must be the most genuine variety of love for the feeling to remain despite the…

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…