Y’all know I can get started without giving my lil girl a plug. Please take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Great inspirational reading from a young lady who brings it everyday. Now on to the reading.

Happy New Year’s Everyone!!!! It has been a long minute since I have flowed here in the blog medium and I apologize for the long delay. Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth shut if you don’t have much to say. Nevertheless, I am here and writing. I will try to keep the standard New Years fare to a minimum.

I will admit, 2013 was a rough year for me personally. I will spare the gore of it, but I just thank God that I made it through. I have learned a lot, and I see where I have neglected myself. This truly has to stop. That point was driven home on 18 December 2013 when I had surgery on my left knee. The hunger to be better than what I have become is truly there again. No resolution here but I have to change how I operate from now on. My approach and method has to be different. My focus has to be different. I have become pretty bored and disillusioned. I have to accept the fact that there are some things that will not change into what I want it to be. So, I have to put my head down and concentrate on me….This adjustment will be what the doctor has ordered. Anyway, thanks 2013…It was surely a learning moment. Just my .02 cents worth….

Y’all know I can get started without giving my lil girl a plug. Please take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Great inspirational reading from a young lady who brings it everyday. Now on to the reading.

Once again, I am back home in NC but this trip is way different. Instead of hanging at home with my parents, laughing and catching up with my folks in the den of the house, I am in a hotel room. As many of you know, my home, my parents’ home was flooded a couple of weeks ago. My folks lost everything in the downstairs of the house, but upstairs was untouched. So they are living upstairs in the house. Mind you there is still no A/C and no hot water in the house. Plus they have to boil the well water for drinking. Thus it leaves me to my accommodations for this trip. Trust me when I say, this will not become a habit. I digress…

I have been in TX full time since 2001, and I know that every time I come home I feel more and more like a tourist. But I am still an NC kid. My love for this state runs deep, and I try to keep up with things as best as I can. The direction that the leaders of my home state is trying to take in the state is disturbing at best. I will concentrate on one aspect of these massive changes, and that is the voter ID law. Yes, I have some issues with the ID part of it, especially the idea that the student ID that was issued at one of the 16 state supported schools doesn’t qualify. That some of the board of elections officials in counties that are heavily populated by college students is trying to suppress the college vote. Even when that US Supreme Court took a stand on that in 1979. I know I am just scratching the surface of this law and of the ramifications to it. But this effects all college students in the state of NC. 16 state supported schools, which include 4 or 5 HBCUs that are state supported. Then numerous private colleges and universities. With what I am reading with this suppression of the college vote, it reminds me of 1992 at NC State.

In 1992, I was a sophomore at NC State. In those days, NC State could have been classified as the largest HBCU in NC. We had more African-American students than any of the HBCUs in the state. Anyway, 1992 was important because the African-American students on campus saw issues and wanted them addressed. Issues such as NC State Public Safety officers putting up “WANTED” posters of African-American males on campus to help fight crime, the low number of African-American tenured faculty, the racist reporting of Technician (NC State student newspaper), the lack of representation at the college radio station, funding cuts at the African American Cultural Center. The list was very long. We wanted answers. Also at that time, football players at UNC started a movement to address issues with the African-American Cultural Center that was being built at UNC. The movement at UNC grew to also address other racially tinged issues on campus. NC State’s National Pan-Hellenic Council held a town hall meeting with all students of color and invited the folk from UNC to the meeting. Now black students at both schools were united to get the many issues addressed at both schools. The power of united activism. All of this happened at a time where the students and the Hip Hop Nation truly exercised its voice.

With 3 paragraphs written, this brings me to the concentration of my feelings on all of this.  With everything that is going on in our community, there is a couple of voices that are notably absent. First I want to address the voice of the Black Church. I would like to thank those clergy who have been instrumental in the fight during the Moral Monday protests in NC. These brothers and sisters of all ethnicities are standing for the rights of those who are the least of these. But where is the rest of us? With the history of social justice that the Black Church has stood for, where is the rest of us? Back at our churches, patting and swaying? Back out our churches entertaining ourselves? Back at our churches celebrating another year of having our “ghetto superstar” as our pastor? It is ridiculous to see our kids fighting for their basic right to vote and we sit by. It is amazing that we aren’t pushing for an ecuemenical attack of this foolishness from the brothers and sisters of the faith. The time where we ned to be in the forefront, we cower down and hide. Bottom line is this. Church as usual WILL NOT CUT IT. The church has to become a church of action, not a church of silly “programs”, silly services and silly dialogue. We have to be at the center of the fight and at the table for the battle of our rights. More on this in a later blog.

The second voice that is missing is that of the Hip Hop Nation. Back in 1992, this was the heyday of Hip Hop’s embrace of its blackness. The message of not only who we are as a people, who we need to be and the true love of ourselves helped propel a movement of change on campuses all over the country. Now, that energy is not there from the Hip Hop Nation. The elder voices have been muted in place of some of the most ignorant music in a generation. Mainstream Hip Hop has become loaded with industry minstrals who are hoping to cash in. How could you figure a Lil Wayne, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane or anyone of these jabroins to speak on the fight of keeping the right to vote  when they can barely provide an intellectual thought in their music or they are an attention diva? These current stable of clowns have the power of the mic but they ain’t saying nothing. Their music doesn’t move the crowd, doesn’t move the club, and certainly doesn’t move a generation. All it does move is people to think how they look and how they speak is the in thing to do. All the while, basic rights are being taken away without a fight.

I truly believe that this current generation of kids would be on the front lines in this fight if they truly understood what was at stake and understand what investment they have in the game. They have only us from Gen X and older to provide the info. Yet the tools that many of us mid 30′s-early 40′s folk had, is not available to our current warriors. It is way past time to educate and get our kids up to speed. Everyone has skin in this game….It is high time that we act like it and be about our business. 50 years since MLK spoke about having a dream…It is still a dream and the fight continues. Just my .02 cents worth…..

Special Comment-The Verdict

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Y’all know I can get started without giving my lil girl a plug. Please take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Great inspirational reading from a young lady who brings it everyday. Now on to my special comment.

Well the verdict is in and even as disappointed and angry as I am, I am not surprised. This is par for the course. We talk about justice but I am here to ask, where is the justice for a man of color in this country? Where was the justice for all of the brothers who were lynched, where was the justice for Emmitt Till, where was the justice for all of the brothers killed by the police? Where was the justice for those brothers killed by the hand of another man of color? We found Bin Laden but we can’t find the killers of Tupac and Biggie? Now, where is the justice for Trayvon? Look at the math, we know who killed him, we have the murder weapon, we have testimony (much of it confusing mind you) and yet the man who killed him can go home. Yet the fact remains, Trayvon was killed by a man who he had NEVER met. He was killed walking back to his Dad’s house from the store. I just think how many times I went to the store as a teenager. That could have been me.

Trayvon’s Dad was living in a very nice part of town, going after his piece of the American dream and what did it get him. His son dead. What do we have to do as Black men to be worth more than the $2.75 of skin, blood, muscle and bones that we were created with? I mean my God, even President Obama can’t even get any respect of being Commander in Chief. Yes he was Trayvon, he is Trayvon by the way.

On the real, there are many brothers who are doing it right, providing for their families, improving themselves and teaching their kids how to be strong upstanding people. My grandson, Lord’s willing, will be here in November and I will be teaching him these same things. How to operate as a man of color in this world. My Dad and Grandfather taught me these things and I was taught from a different even more dangerous era. My grandson will know the history and will get the truth. He needs to know, for his survival.

This is what it is about. Survival. Survival in a society at best we are tolerated, at worse feared and hated. How do we effectively teach our kids when our own society doesn’t respect us beyond being someone’s entertainment. We are supposed to be a Christian nation, yet we deem it acceptable to marginalize and discount people outside of the so called mainstream. Christian puhleaze…..God forbid the story line of being a beacon of freedom. Trayvon was exercising his freedom to walk home from the store and got killed doing it.

Am I cynical about all this, you betcha. Because I have sorely been reminded of what I am worth to a society and a country that I would give my life for. I will probably be more coherent after I get my emotions out of my system so there will be more to this. I was Trayvon, I am Trayvon. Just my .02 cents.

4th of July Thoughts

Posted: July 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Y’all know I can get started without giving my lil girl a plug. Please take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Great inspirational reading from a young lady who brings it everyday. Now on to the reading.

Well folks, it looks like another country decided to take the 4th of July as an act of independence. Egypt, the largest country in the Middle East, for the most part has had enough of the leaders the were democratically elected almost a year ago during the Arab Spring. The gentleman who was elected advertised that he was going to be a leader of the people and that everyone would be welcome and represented at the table. Hmmm, it looks like what was advertised and what happened were two different things. In his actions to make sure his causes and his people were taken care of, he lost the trust of the people on the streets. It got so bad that the military stepped in. The military leadership felt that the will of the people was not being addressed, forewarned the President of such, President blew them off, no President is no longer President. All by way of the military involvement. Lets say things are real in Egypt.

Without going into the nuts and bolts on how no bueno it is for the military to be the “people’s eraser” after a bad vote, I want to highlight a couple of things. When we as people living in a democratic republic, it is important that you treat the voting process as a very solemn and serious event. This age that we are in of treating politicians like rock stars or cheering for these jabronis like our favorite football team puts our country at grave risk. Why? Because we end up electing people who have no business in leadership. Look at our current situation know. Where is the will of the people being addressed? Folk want secure jobs, money in their pocket, good affordable health care, opportunity to make a better life for their families and themselves. Yet our leaders are so sidetracked in making political points and keeping themselves elected. What is the difference on what the former leadership of Egypt did and what is going on in our federal, state and local governments?

I say all that to say this. I am tired of the political process in its current form. Especially after the SCOTUS decided to water down the Voting Rights Act. Here comes the Voter ID laws, I guess will have to eventually pay a poll tax and pass a test for voting qualifications. Maybe I will need to own a bit of land to make sure I can vote. Some will argue that is necessary to protect the sanctity of the vote. On the surface, it looks like making sure that there is only a certain subset of people that can vote. On the surface, it looks like making sure another person of color will never be in leadership again. On the surface, it looks like an attempt to keep the same type of people in leadership. On the surface, it looks like a power grab from the Mubarak and Morsi administrations in Egypt. Funny thing, those boys got put out and jailed. They didn’t have the luxury of being voted out. I truly believe that our country is watching in Egypt were we could be. Our country is changing demographically and philosophically. We are granted the freedom for this. Supposedly. Just my .02 cents worth.

Pre-Flight Thoughts

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

In customary and proper tone, please take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Much love to my and birthday wishes to my Shuggy!!!!!

I will admit that I am not a “woe is me” type of guy and I will try to avoid that as much as possible. This particular rant is a snapshot of my thoughts and feelings as of 19:59 CDT on 19 June 2013. There has been a comment that my lead pastor at Courageous Church DFW, Bobby Minor, has hammered to me in our conversations. He states that we have to be genuine in our life walk so that we are genuine and real when we are with people. Genuineness. Keeping it real. Authentic. Certified. What ever you want to call the concept it all falls to being the same thing; being true to what and how God has wired you. It is amazing how we confirm ourselves into a pretzel in the attempt on making the proper appearance in front of people. Think of how many times you had to do “extra cleaning” when the big whigs from the corporate office showed up. Think of how different your spouse is now from when you went on your first date. Think about how many people have gotten divorced, fired, let go and dismissed because they were not who we thought they were. Realness.

Don’t get it twisted, I have may own set of issues, but I am too old to try to change my DNA to something different because it is what I think others would want to see. God has wired my high yella hind parts to be what and who I am. Which goes on to this point…

I never have claimed to be perfect or even extremely good. I have many flaws and weaknesses. But all I can offer, all I can do it to go at one speed, and that is full speed. I give my all to God, my family, work and church. I have worked hard to give the best to my wife and my kids. I put all of me out there in ministerial work. As often as I feel that I am pulled in several different directions, I bring it. That is all I can do in spite of my many shortcomings. I don’t look for accolades or pats on the back because my job is a thankless one. Bishop Lawson, Bishop Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology, gave us a fire hydrant pin at the beginning of the semester of UMC polity. He said that fire hydrant symbolizes us. We have to be out in the hot, the cold. The wet and the dry. They windy and the stifling. Hail and thunder. We have to get the grass cut around us and deal with dogs using us as rest rooms.But when that time comes God forbid of an fire, we have to be ready to spread the Living Water. A fire hydrant is a thankless job. I am a simple fire hydrant. It is my job to be there in mind, body, spirit and soul especially when those fires arise. Just my .02 cents worth.

It has been awhile since I have posted here and I am glad to be back. I lot has gone on but God is still good. Before I get started, take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Much love to my Shuggy!!!!! On to the show…

I will forewarn you now that this blog is going to be a gaggle of my thoughts. Or it may not, I am letting my fingers run with me on the keyboard. If I sound incoherent, lost or wandering all over the place, I ask for forgiveness now. I will say that one of the things that have been blowing my mind, especially in a political discourse arena, is how simpleton the discussion has become. This observation is for both political parties. Lets look at this for a second. Please tell me what piece of good policy has come out of Washington in the past 6 months? Hmmm??? Before anyone goes into the President Obama bashing, please stop and think a moment. With the amount of issues that are occurring at once, major disasters in OK and TX, stale job market, high prices on everything, bridges collapsing, schools failing and people hungry, you would think our leaders would find a way to at least address some issues. But no…we are people whining about the President not saluting coming off Marine 1 (yes, he is the Commander in Chief), IRS scandals that really don’t effect most common people, scandal that emails were captured from the press and what ever else. All this stuff against a man who will never run for public office again. Where is the logic in this?

Trying to place me with a political label is futile. But let me help you. My born on label is Charles Arthur Coulter Jr. My ethnic label is African-American. My belief label is that I am a Christian. I have earned the label of Dad, Master of Divinity graduate, Pastor and Chuck. With all of that said, my political leanings go with folk who have good, solid, innovative ideas to solve problems. I refuse to listen and participate with people with their proverbial thumbs in their rump whining and complaining about nonsense. I will not treat my political rights in the same vane as my NFL or college football. I am not a cheerleader or fan. I am a participant. I have skin in the game. Screw the bumper stickers, having some jabronis name on my car or some snarky comment. My forefathers and mothers spilled blood just to get the RIGHT to vote. I want to be a part of the solution. I want people to debate and discuss ideas. Our country is fertile ground for ideas and innovative thought, development and execution. But we as people have become lazy which in turn we have elected lazy, unintelligent scrubs to office.

As I remember the brothers and sisters who have given their lives both living and passed on to our nations service, it will do them a disservice to continue in our present course. Our country deserves so much better that what we are giving it. When you go into the voting both, instead of voting straight ticket, how about you do some research on who is running for office. If you can spend the time searching on Yelp and Urbansppon to find the best Chinese restaurant in the area, you can google a few names. God forbid our country needs it.

On a lighter note, who said it was acceptable for a man to wear skinny jeans? How about ones that sag? When will hip hop become hip hop again? Why do we care about Kanye/Kim K, Jay-Z/Beyonce, Chris Brown/Rhianna? Doesn’t Coach K look like the Count from Sesame Street? Just my .02 cents worth….Let me know what you think.

Before I get started, take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Much love to my Shuggy!!!!!

Now to my special comment on today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is one of the iconic races in the running world. The runners work hard year round to be able to successfully run 26.2 miles. Their families, friends and fans of the sport are there cheering on the runners then BOOM! Out of nowhere, 2 explosions at the finish line and 1 at the JFK library. Yes there is much to be investigated to find out who did it and why. This comment won’t even dive into that but what we will dive into is our response.

Before the debates start on who failed what from the political leaders, it is time to simply say enough is enough. All of the national tragedies and we still can’t come together as a nation. When is enough enough? Our political leaders stay busy trying to keep their jobs instead of doing the difficult job and lead. Does all of the political theater really mean anything when people can’t run a marathon or go to school without getting shot or blown up? Our country has truly lost perspective and the trivial rancor which is our leadership is truly sickening. So, what will our response be for this? Lets try something different. How about some prayerful leadership? How about setting aside trivial differences and work together. Really, enough killing, enough arguing, enough silliness. Just my .02 cents….

Guess who is back???? Before I get started, take a read of my oldest’s blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Much love to my Shuggy!!!!!

Now, onto the purpose of my special comment. A high school classmate and very close friend of mine, Sherry, wrote a very interesting series of blogs over on her blog “check your character” at http://checkyourcharacter.blogspot.com/. Mama Shey provides a series indictment to a group that she calls “Lipgloss Christians” and also the dilemma that she has felt about Christ and the crucifixion. Interesting enough, my senior pastor at Courageous Church, Bobby Minor, preached about this dilemma. His argument stands at the fact that we as believers easily accept the easy concepts and morals of the Christian faith, yet we choose to ignore or refute the hard facts of the faith. Pastor Minor’s key point comes from the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, where the church of Corinth was having a similar debate. To bottom line all of this, if one can not believe that Jesus was crucified, died and was buried and rose from the dead on the third day, then Christianity is a hoax. How can you be Christian without Christ? The sermon is on You Tube. Look for Courageous Church DFW.

It is truly amazing how we as people love to twist God up in a pretzel to make Him fit in whatever box we have going for the day. This is why our congregations can rationalize being pro-life yet and still are willing to send their 18 year old kids off to war or state that the death penalty is justified. This is how our churches can frown upon gay marriage but is willing to have a musician, choir members or even *gasp* gay clergy. What side of the fence are we truly on as believers? As the world finds itself in deeper and deeper spiritual combat, we (as the church) find ourselves in debates of trivial minutia. Instead of taken the Word to the people, we expect folk to pay their admission fee to come to the ‘God Club”. Christ broke bread and fellowshipped with folk at the margins. He cares for the least of those….He cares for folk who society tossed to the side and left for the dead. He cares for folk like me. If we cared for one another just a smidgin like Jesus cares for us, think of the restoration that could happen. Yet, the mandate is before us to care like Jesus cared. But we as the church don’t have the testicular fortitude to simple love one another. Something has to give. That day when the catholic church, (catholic meaning universal) decides to be the family of Christ..I mean the Family of Christ, maybe the world will be a better place. Just my .02 cents….Tell me what you think….

Continuation of My Special Comment

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

In the fallout of the massacre in CT, the Monday morning quarterbacking has begun. The discussions about gun control has started and the politicians are in the “We Must Do Something….” Stage. I have heard many arguments both pro and con for gun control. I have heard the governor of the great state of Texas, the state I live in, come out and say that teachers should be armed and that CHL holders should be able to carry anywhere and anytime. This is from the jabroni that said Texas should secede from the Union. The same one who tried to run for President. I digress….

Instead of treating this situation just like everything else with making into a political talking point and bumper sticker, how about a little prayerful and logical thought please. My daughter is a correction officer for the Dallas County Sheriffs Dept. She and her colleagues oversee the housing of criminals here in Dallas County. If there is any conflict on the floor, the officers have to deal with it on a hand to hand combat basis. They do not get paid nearly enough to do this dangerous job. Our law enforcement officers, who work a patrol or beat day in and out, have to be prepared for anything. They don’t get paid enough for their important and necessary work. Now we want to ask teachers to pack heat. This brave men and women stand in front of our kids to teach and help mold them into constructive citizens. Yet leaders always want to cut education and teachers pay. Now you want to ask them to be strapped for protection. Good luck filling those positions. I say all that to say this. It is high time to get our priorities in order. Instead of CEOs making millions to run companies in the ground, how about properly compensating our law enforcement personnel and our educators. How about truly taking care of them and their families; taking care of those who serve the public good. It is a shame to that a slime ball politician gets compensated and treated better than the men and woman on the front lines serving the public. When is enough really enough….Just my .02 cents.

Special Comment

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have been very quiet for awhile and through constant encouragement from my oldest child, I am back writing. Also she prodded me to move my blog here to WordPress. Cool…By the way, take a read of her blog at http://maige23.wordpress.com/. Much love to my Shuggy.

Now onto my special comments on what happened today in Newtown, CT. It is kinda surreal for me because my hometown is Newton, NC. Anyway, I will not overstate the obvious feelings here. Yet, this is about as twisted as it gets. As always, the people who could really shed the most light on this tragedy are dead. 18 plus elementary school kids, 8 or more adults dead. For what?

Reports are saying that the shooter targeted his Mom, who was a kindergarten teacher at the school and opened fire on the kids. Once again, I ask for what? (I promised not to overstate the obvious here. I digress.) I am as second amendment as they come so I am not going into the politics here. Where I am going is the spiritual warfare that is happening.

Think about it. Satan is becoming more and more aggressive with his tactics. Mass random shootings are becoming the NORM here in our country. Satan is recruiting his own cell of terrorists that seem to look normal on the outside but that inner evil has been incubated to the point of spawning into violent acts. There is no difference between someone strapping a bomb to their body and blowing up a public bus in Tel Aviv than to someone shooting up a school, mall or movie theater. The only message that these acts of violence scream is that satan is on the offensive. So when is enough truly enough?

I ask again, when is enough truly enough….This question is sent to my holy sanctified, fire baptized folk filled with the Holy Ghost. Patting, swaying and shouting on Sunday is nice but we are at WAR! The casualties are mounting, lives are being destroyed. When do we as God’s Army stand? When do we show an ounce of courage? An ounce of testicular fortitude? Aren’t we mandated to wear the whole armor of God? No one said that the armor is now a museum piece, like a retired battleship. That armor is so relevant today. We need to be engaged in the combat. We need to spread the Good News. We truly need to be about building up the Kingdom. The sitting around is getting innocent people killed. This has to stop and has to stop now. Just my .02 cents worth….