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

Do Black Lives Matter To Black People?

I recently was given the very difficult assignment of presiding and being the one who would bring words of comfort to a bereaved family.

Strong Black Mothers Who Sustained Their Bereaved Children

Today, I am going to continue my focus on matriarchs from a local perspective who were strong and courageous in their ability to hold their families together after their husbands died or their children’s father became dead-beat dads who made no effort to support their children.

Those Amazing African-American Matriarchs

Since this is officially Black History Month (that was started by historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson back in 1926), I am going to start this month off by focusing my attention and emphasis on a subject that is, in my estimation, one of the most essential elements of the African-American culture and experience in the history of this nation.

My Opinion On Justice And Capital Punishment

I am going to use my column today to make some comments on justice and the death sentence and how these two things must be considered in the public discourse, if we are going to mete out sentences in a just and nondiscriminatory way.

Problems and Perplexities That Seem Unsolvable

With the beginning of a new year, as well as a new decade, in many aspects of life (that range from the personal to the collective) there are things that are very problematic and even foreboding that are looming over us like dark clouds before a torrential downpour.

Common New Year’s Resolutions That People Make

Now that we have officially entered the year of 2020, I want to consider and comment on a few of the common resolutions that many people have made concerning the new year.

Leadership Is Not For Cowards

The term leadership means “to lead.” It literally means, by most reliable sources, “to act as a guide to show the way, whether by words or action.”

Putting The Thanks Back In Thanksgiving

Perhaps I am wrong in my recollection of American History in saying that Thanksgiving (although it was made an official holiday by a Presidential decree in 1863 by then President Abraham Lincoln) was commemorated and celebrated by the Pilgrims in October of 1621.

A Journey From Darkness To Light

I am going to share with you a synoptic saga of the most important and influential man that the Almighty (in His providence) set in my life – second only to Jesus Christ.

Part II: My Most Memorable and Momentous Moments

In my column recently, I shared with you a few of my most unforgettable moments and memories. I felt it necessary to reprint some that I have shared before for those who did not get a chance to read them.