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Four things that disappointed me and one that didn’t

I clearly hit “send” on my piece about white mediocrity too soon. I clearly underestimated the tour de force of “meh” that was Marvel’s Netflix series Iron Fist, or as the folks on FANBros podcast called him Copper Palms. The pacing, the casting, the story, the direction, the visuals… top to bottom this was a … Continue reading

The Celebration of White Mediocrity

This blog topic was suggested by one of my patrons. You can support my writing at http://www.patreon.com/derricklweston. Thanks!  When I was nine, my family moved to an all white suburb. I’ve written and spoken about it often. It has affected the ways I think about race on a global scale as well as how I … Continue reading

Gaze into the abyss

Today’s blogpost was inspired by one of my supporters. You can support my writing at http://www.patreon.com/derricklweston “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you” – Friedrich Nietzsche It’s incredibly frustrating to watch the news these days. I … Continue reading

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

(The following is my first entry in Arlington Presbyterian Church’s weekly newsreel. I thought I would share it here as well.) Won’t You Be My Neighbor?   I’ve been asked quite a bit over the last few weeks about my job. The comments tend to go something like “you’re a neighborhood pastor! Great! What does … Continue reading

Go and sin no more.

  So the story goes that one day Jesus was teaching in the temple. The odds are good that his usual crowd was gathered around him. Yes, there were the devoted disciples, but there were also the fringe hangers on, the curious lookey loos, and the skeptics. Whatever brought them there, they were sitting down … Continue reading

“I Love You” or “Why the Sudden Nightly Affirmations, Dude?”

My favorite podcast for the last six months or so has been The Black Guy Who Tips. Rod and his wife Karen co-host the show where they talk about world events in an unapologetically progressive and unapologetically black way. They discuss news and pop culture. Their insights are often incredibly incisive and it has been … Continue reading

Trump and Trauma

  I had breakfast with a new friend last week. As we were getting to know each other better and share a bit about the work that we both have in front of us, we continually joked about the fact that we were tying not to be hyperbolic about what was happening in the world. … Continue reading

What’s Your Gameplan?

My beloved Steelers were beaten by the loathsome New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC Championship. It was not a fun game to watch. It was lopsided pretty much from the first snap. Not to go too far into football minutiae, but for as long as I can remember, the Steelers have played a … Continue reading

From Monday to Friday: Moving from King and Obama to Trump

(painting by  Watson Mere at http://www.artofmere.com) Yesterday was a day that just felt a little… off for me. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has long been one of the central celebrations of the year for me. It is the celebration of the life and work of a man whose courage, leadership, and theology I greatly … Continue reading

New Year, Same Me

So often we get into this time of year and the sweeping pronouncements begin: “New Year, New Me!” “This is going to be a fresh start!” “It’s time for a complete makeover!” And on and on it goes until around mid-month when it hits us that all of the baggage we lugged with us from … Continue reading