Category: Michael Goings’ Columns

The personal reflections and commentary of Bishop Michael Goings, a well-known pastor and author, on local, state, national, and international issues

Places That Take Me Back In Time

Looking back in retrospect (for as long as I can remember), I have been gifted with a keen memory and vivid imagination.

Tearing Down The Walls That Divide Us

In my opinion, one of the most iconic and profound statements uttered by President Ronald Reagan during his tenure as President of the United States of America was directed to the then President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev.  

Seven Senseless Slayings That Have Stunned America

There are certain things that transpire which are so pressing and important in all of our lives that they preempt other things that we have planned or scheduled to do.

Winning Is Not Everything

With the recent passing of the iconic and legendary Coach Pat Summitt of Tennessee, who won eight national women’s NCAA basketball championships at the big 1A level, the subject of winning and losing has come to my mind.  

The Silence Of The Lambs

Quite a few years ago, English actor Anthony Hopkins starred in a thriller movie called “Silence of the Lambs,” where he played the psychotic, sadistic, and cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter.

Comments On The Massacre In Orlando

The slaying of 49 people in Orlando, Florida at the Pulse, a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, & Transgender (LGBT) nightclub, on early Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, was a very grievous, horrendous, and cowardly act.

A Tribute To The Greatest

When I got up this Saturday morning (June 4, 2016), I was told by my son that Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay) had died as I slept during the night.

Why You Should Be Registered And Vote

The topic of my column today was initiated by a brief discussion I had with my son about the importance of voting.  With the election being just a few days away, the issue of everyone voting is truly important and very serious.

Transgender vs. Birth Gender: Whose Rights Are Being Violated?

There is an issue that has dominated the media for quite some weeks now.

Voices Speaking From The Grave

Recently, a man spoke from the grave in a very loud and compassionate way.  Many people in New Town, especially children, will benefit and be better off because of it.  I am referring to the voice of Mr. Alan Schafer, who spoke through the Schaffer Foundation that helped with the upgrade of the Gordon Park in New Town.  This charitable act by the foundation that bears the name of Mr. Schafer became the inspiration for this week’s column.