Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am John Wesley and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you. Feel free to email me at pastor@churchbuzz.org.

Music News: August 2020

Hi Friends,It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a music update. In this time of pandemic, there’s not a lot of live music happening out there. A few reminders of things I’m doing in the online world, to help keep us connected in this unusual time. New Website! First, my music website has a whole new look. You should check it out.New music. New pictures. New videos. And most of all, a slick new design. I’m really happy with it and  I hope you ... Read More »

White Privilege Illustrated: The HOLC Maps

Far too  many times, I hear White people say White Privilege is a myth or a creation of the Left. But there are ways to VISUALIZE it…to illustrate it…show show its pernicious effects beyond shadow of dout. Exhibit A: The HOLC Maps. This is a long blog. I can’t apologize for that, because you need to understand the history before we get to the punchline. The blog ends with a personal admissions, which move toward my goal in all of this: To invite White ... Read More »

Juneteenth and the “Power of Power”

Two thousand Federal troops. I keep coming back to that number. That’s the number of Union soldiers that accompanied General Gordon Granger into Galveston on the day Juneteenth was proclaimed in 1865. We White people barely understand Juneteenth to begin with, and what we do understand is often whitewashed. Yes, General Granger read that proclamation on the streets of Galveston, Texas. And, yes, that set off a celebration that is commemorated among African-Americans to this day. But, my dear White Siblings, I would invite you and ... Read More »

$20 Bill (For George Floyd)

On this day of George Floyd’s memorial service in Houston, a repost of my version of Tom Prasada-Rao’s powerful tribute song. Tom’s song has now been covered 20-30 times by a beautiful assortment of musicians. This version was a part of my “Coffee On the Porch” Livestream on June 4th, 2020. (Lyrics below. Thanks again to Tom for allowing so many of us to spread the word about this powerful song…EF)   $20 Bill (For George Floyd) Some people die for honor 
Some people die for love Some ... Read More »

Don’t Look Away

White Siblings, Don’t look away. Don’t avert your eyes. Yes, there is a danger even in reposting these because of the moral license they may give other racists who see them. But you….dear White sibling… You who are still more concerned about property damage and protesting “the right way”… You who every time there is a one shred of anger from the justifiably angry launch into endless “Whataboutism….” YOU need to see this. YOU need to meditate on this, deeply. THIS is WHY people are in the streets. This ... Read More »

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not (Part II)

“I don’t know about that…” Do you even remember when Donald Trump said this? I know. It’s a big ask to recall one line. He says so many things, and one day’s horror is “trumped” by the next. But it’s important to remember this specific line this morning, as we try to process Donald Trump’s sacrilegious photo-op yesterday. And yes, I meant to use the word “sacrilegious” just now, and not as metaphor. Donald Trump said the line “I don’t know about that…” at the National ... Read More »

White Privilege

My struggle to adequately describe the murder of George Floyd ended when I saw this picture late last night. Take a hard look at this picture, because if you let it sink in deeply it will help you see much of what is wrong with America today. One frame: Armed protestors, effectively taking over the Michigan State House…protesting the *lawful* order for them to stay home in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Another frame: Tear gassed protestors last night, understandably angry at ... Read More »

A Time to Refrain

Here’s a new song I wrote last night, about our collective “sheltering in place.” Debuted it this morning on “Coffee on the Porch,” and spent later afternoon recording a better version. Hope you enjoy it….feel free to share. A TIME TO REFRAIN Sheltered in our home Dread outside our door We move through this alone And we wonder what it’s for A thousand voices speak And echo in our ear Those talking heads, they shriek And fill us with their fear But there’s a time to embrace And a time to refrain There’s the ... Read More »

Faith, Not Fear, Is Calling us to Close

I’m gonna push back against churches boldly proclaiming that they intend to meet tomorrow and, by insinuation, calling the rest of us chicken or “afraid.” Because of the lack of wide-spread testing, because we don’t *scientifically* know just how widespread this pandemic goes, churches, schools, community groups, etc…are making the decision to close to the public. SOME pastors, including Robert Jeffress at First Baptist —whom, as I have written about several times, is an absolute idiot— are boastfully proclaiming that they will ... Read More »

Eminence Front

For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, the Muse compelled me to record a acoustic cover of The Who’s great song, “Eminence Front.” Somehow, I got it in my head that it’d be fun to try and mimic the guitar, synth and bass parts on acoustic guitar. Why? Because! So, scroll click the link, and enjoy. (Find some big speaker…where you can really crank it…) I’ve always loved this song. To me, it’s a deep and biting commentary on the vacuous nature ... Read More »

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?