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Welcome to my work! My latest book of columns, "Race, Faith and Politics Today," has won honors for Best Non-Fiction Book from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists and Best Book on Religion (Eastern/Western) in the national eLit Awards. I also presented the volume in session at 2016's Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation in St. Louis. See my COGIC news page.
My column, "Keeping Faith," also won an award in 2017 for best reporting from the Evangelical Press Association, the USA's largest group of born-again news outlets. This follows two honors for best newspaper series and one for best copy editing from the National Association of Black Journalists (along with a couple for best magazine single-topic series for my work in The Whole Truth, the official COGIC magazine).
Previously, the column took an honor for best use of the Bible in secular media from the longstanding and greatly respected Amy Foundation. The piece also has won awards for best standing column from the Evangelical Press Association, finishing alongside Christianity Today; religion reporting from the Religion News Association, the world's largest organization of journalists covering faith; and three straight yearly awards for general column writing given by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists plus another for coverage of issues of concern to minorities.
"Race, Faith and Politics Today," the aforementioned book compiling my columns on spirituality now out from Berean Publishing, is distributed by Ingram and available through Shopify and PayPal (as well as from several major Web portals and select bookstores). The book has Bible study and college course teaching guides available.
My latest book is good for those interested in a born-again lens on civic issues, America's racial divide, our increasingly secular culture, and a host of other trends & issues involving faith. You'll also find in it thoughts on Christian living, a practical take on theology and even the way of salvation if you'd like to pass it along to people curious about Christianity. You have the chance to read excerpts from the book and a recent interview with me about it.
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The Bible says to be "steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world" (1 Peter 5:9).
The world says politics, being right and earthly success matter most. The Bible says love, humility and truth are what's valuable.
Prayers can change the course of history, save lives physically and spiritually, and help those in need at any time.
The Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., column author; click on the photo to learn more about him.
Some people are obsessed with maintaining doctrinal purity even in the smallest of matters. God wants disciples who not only grasp his Word but display his love.
Trials tend to adjust our focus to what's truly important (1 Peter 4:1-2).
Suffering is a part of living on a fallen planet. Even the biggest billionaires have hard times: a kid runs away, the wife leaves, childhood insecurities still come to mind.
However, if we suffer for being Christians by doing as the Word says, we may hurt for a while but will get reward. We may even bring others heavenward with us. We can get some hope in trials by looking at 1 Peter 4:1-8.
Verses 1-2: “Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”
Something about suffering makes us focus on what’s important in life. When all we can do is hold on so we aren’t swept away, we don’t care if our hat gets blown off, the stuff in the garage burns up or our team doesn’t win – just so we have Jesus. We believers know the trouble won’t last forever, that we have only so long we have to keep going in this world before the trumpet calls us up (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
When the pressure begins to go away, the heat cools off and we emerge from our shelter in the time of storm, we see life differently than when we took cover. God is vividly real to us, and this life seems almost unreal. That’s as it should be, because earth is built upon often-deceiving appearances, while the Lord cares about the true and unending.
Victory in the trial is sweet. We say, “I don’t want to do that sin anymore,” “I don’t need that crutch, I can walk it out in Christ,” “He is meeting and will meet my needs.” We know again what truly is important.
Verse 3: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”
Ever get reminded of an old sin but have God’s view of it now? Know how he looks at it, and now, that’s how you do? When that happens, we have crossed over from death to life in the matter.
Remember what Paul says in Romans 6:14, “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Not only does that mean God forgives our offenses because of his mercy, evil also can’t hold us hostage. We are no longer under the enemy’s thumb but in God’s hands.
Verses 4-5: “In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
People who aren’t saved don’t understand Christians. The secular folks say, “Why don’t you try some gin? And let us give you some gossip – it won’t hurt anybody. You don’t want to hear it? You think you’re better than us?”
All that those folks have is this life, and it’s getting so they don’t even want that. Purposefully or not, they’re cutting their time short through the self-destruction of sin.
Inside, many aren’t happy and don’t want believers to be, either. Don’t worry – they will answer to the same God whom Christians do, only he won’t be smiling when they see him. That’s why we have to pray for them.
Verse 6: “For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh but live according to God in the spirit.”
We’re supposed to tell everyone about Christ so they can be saved by praying to accept him by repenting of sin, believing he rose bodily on the third day in the grave, and making him Lord of their lives.
If they do join us, then they will be judged wrongly by their unsaved friends, too. However, they will live forever with Jesus, and that’s a good bargain.
Verse 7: “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”
Our prayers are important. Through them, we can turn the course of history. People can be delivered through our petitions to God.
We also can be conformed to Christ by asking God for help. Will power only goes so far; most of the time, we need to ask the Lord to work in the Holy Spirit to get us where we are to go. He will do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
Verse 8: “And above all things, have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Some churches think it’s all about correct doctrine: If we don’t get everything just right, then we’re going to fall apart. There may be more danger in believing that than in getting something wrong.
Doctrine is important; we must know what we believe. However, we can believe right but not do right. We do right when we are touched by God and think and feel the way he does about people.
What Peter is saying in this verse is when we want what’s best for others, we can persuade them any mistakes we may make aren’t intentional but our love is. When you and I are around people who really care about us, we aren’t touchy or defensive. We need to be that kind of person to the world, because that’s who God is.
If the Lord had gotten provoked at every sin we committed, then we would be hopeless in this life and that to come. However, we have a living hope due to the Father sending his only begotten Son to us. We hated him for exposing our wickedness, and we murdered him for his inconvenient truth. Yet when the Holy Spirit drew us, he made us realize we had to change, not God.
The worldly can be downright maddening, illogical, even provoking. But our job as Christians is to be at peace, spiritual and forgiving. That way, we can live for eternity but still love the earthly.
About the author: The Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., has an earned doctorate and taught both journalism and religious studies in universities, winning three honors for scholarly research on the intersection of faith and media. He's won 25 awards for professional media writing and production in a career stretching back to the 1980s and covering every mass medium. For 20 years, he's worked in public relations and marketing with outstanding results in placing articles, generating click-throughs, growing social-platform accounts, and more. Ordained in 2003, he's an elder in the predominantly black Church of God in Christ and has served congregations and denominations in numerous positions of pastoral, administrative and educational leadership. See below on this page and click here for more on Huckins.