An experience at America’s “lynching memorial”

In Off the RACE Track I wrote about my wife and I gathering a few people to pray and ask for God’s forgiveness around the stump of the Rutherford County lynching tree (where blacks were hanged by white mobs) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It’s now on the grounds of The Salvation Army. This week I was visiting the “lynching memorial” (The National Memorial for Peace and Justice) in Montgomery, AL where they have a large metal marker for each American county where lynchings were committed (more than 800). As I entered the Memorial, almost the first one I saw was the Rutherford County Tennessee marker. Right in front of me were the names of some of the people lynched there and the dates

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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