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

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…

A Righteous Rebuke

It’s so quiet.  I would love to start this piece with a more provocative opening, but the truth of the matter is that those three words encapsulate what I observe happening (not happening, as it were) in the moment we, as a nation, find ourselves in.  By the time this…

The Election Of Donald Trump & The Damage Done To The Name “Christian”

In 2007, Universal Studios produced a movie entitled "American Gangster".  Set in the late 1960's & starring famed actor Denzel Washington, the film provides the viewer with a lens into the life, rise & fall of Harlem drug kingpin, Frank Lucas.  There is a scene in the movie where Frank Lucas…

Morning Meditations Nov. 7th, 2016 3:36 AM

-The woman on TV is attempting to sell me winter coat with electric heaters into the lining.  This idea is absolutely ridiculous.  I truly don't know what is greater: the foolishness of this fashion fire hazard or the fact that I have yet to change the channel... -It is the…

Spirituality For Sale: The Danger Of Prosperity Gospel

There is a simple but common misconception among 21st Century persons who claim Jesus as their Lord & Savior.  A way of thinking that has festered among our fellowship of believers.  We find ourselves in a day where many modern Christians qualify their faith in God by the quantity of…

Why The Church Still Matters (And So Do Her Critiques)

I want to start out with a bit of an admission.  By way of fairness, it behooves me to begin this article by stating that I am an apologist for the church. Whether right as rain or wrong as snow in the summer, I will always hold to the idea…

Lessons From The Back Of The Boat

I once had the opportunity to visit Sevierville, Tennessee with a few friends of mine.  While on my trip to the southern part of our country, we had the opportunity to go whitewater rafting across the waters of Lake Pigeon.  A native New Yorker through and through, my first feelings…