Lament for Patrick Lyoya

As a Minister of the Word the expectation is that I always be ready to share a word. Pastors give words of comfort in times of pain, words of encouragement in times of trial, and words of guidance in times of confusion. And yet, for the last couple of days, I have had...
Resistance As Worship

Resistance As Worship

*Re-blogged with permission, click here to visit the website of the original post. One of my passions in this world is worship. When we think of worship, we think of singing, praying, and lifting of hands. Some of my friends from the Pentecostal tradition see worship...
Red, White, & Blue

Red, White, & Blue

*Note – This blog was originally published as an article in December 2014 by various media outlets, when Rev. Tavárez was a member of the CRCNA.  The red, white and blue lights flashed in the mirror and the familiar sting of fear crawled through my stomach....
Curse the Tree

Curse the Tree

It seems like something out of a horror movie. I’m watching John Legend in the televised musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and he’s playing Jesus Christ. I am not talking about John’s performance. I am speaking to the particular scene when Jesus has entered Jerusalem....
40 Days

40 Days

40 Days. That’s how long our season of Lent is. These 40 days are designed to help us look inward and identify with Christ’s sacrifice for us. We look to sacrifice something in our own lives that pulls us away from God, or we add something to our lives that will...
Strange Calling [Part 2]

Strange Calling [Part 2]

God’s calling isn’t limited to Pastors and Bible teachers. What is God calling you to do? How did you discover that calling? Short of reaching 20 years old, I met Dr. Duke. The church of my upbringing was going through significant turmoil with its...