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Lent 2024: Too Cool by Bro. Carlos E. Botts


“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,  I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” 

Revelation 3: 15 – 16


March 3, 2024

Too Cool

As a boy growing up in Chocolate City, it was important for us ‘boys to men’ to appear ‘cool’ in all situations. It was drummed into us that Boys Don't Cry.

The poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, in “We Real Cool,” emphasized that living too cool doesn’t necessarily end well.

We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We

Die soon.

I am so grateful for “Fathers of the Church,” who shared their consistent, fiery faith, propelled me from the pew to active ministry. Brothers David Green, Herbert Smith, Isiah Dupree, Alfred Spicer, Leon Jones, James Ealey, and Danny Hodge (just to name a few) shared their minds, bodies, and souls.

Luke 22: 44 records that Jesus was emotional in the Garden of Gethsemane: “in His anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling down on the ground.“ Mark 14: 33-34 records that Jesus “began to be distressed and agitated” and said, “…I am grieved….”

                                             Brother Carlos E. Botts

Mighty Men of Metropolitan


Prayer: Jesus, we cannot repay you for the blood and tears that you have shed. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can passionately share and live out your Passion story in our public and private lives. You weep when we weep; we cry when our brothers and sisters cry. Amen


Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in reflection, meditation and prayer for a season of renewal, repentance and rejoicing from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

Each day is a reflection representing the thoughts and aspirations of the members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church expressing what the season of Lent means to them.  Their wide range of perspectives describe how this time of renewal, repentance and rejoicing has been and will be used to focus on Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.




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