CANA Initiative: An Initial Response

I was invited by my friends and fellow co-conspirators (Transform) of goodness Steve Knight and Holly Roach to a gathering called the CANA Initiative. The CANA Initiative is being framed as a ‘network of networks’ or a ‘meta-network’. A meta-network seeking to be a hub for collective action and collaboration. Stephanie Spellers, one of the…

A Review-Reflection on Brian McLaren’s new book Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words

I am currently reading Brian McLaren’s latest book Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. I’ve had three weeks to read it finding myself reading only a couple of chapters so far. I am encouraged by the direction that Brian has taken with this recent work. I’ve noticed a progression with Brian’s…

Hopes for Big Tent Christianity

September 8-9 is Big Tent Christianity right up the road from us in Raleigh, NC. There will be some great panel discussions and I’m sure challening/inspiring side conversations. Friends connecting again that haven’t seen each other in a while. There will be a wide array of Christian bodies and traditions represented. Everything from Storefront Pentecostals…

TransFORM this week!

This week I’ll be hanging out with some interesting folks at the Transform East Coast Gathering in D.C.. I’m anticipating great conversation and missional imaginings taking place with missional practioners from around the country. Peter Rollins has an interesting thought on the expense of this gathering.  I’ll be speaking at the gathering on Saturday morning. My talk will be…

Ted Haggard

I heard this morning while watching the news that brother Haggard of the National Evangelical Association has entered into some serious challenges.  There is a small personal connection here.  A couple of months ago I had the chance to have a candid conversation with a niece of his about the emerging church and the postmodern cultural…

Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn

A recent article informs us that black men are not fairing well in our society.  I was just recently in conversation with my mother dealing with a topic very similar to this.  She told me about how growing up during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era black folks of varied socio-economic status lived in…

Gordon Parks…a true Renaissance man

    (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) I stand in amazement of the figures that have recently passed on from the scene (e.g. Coretta Scott King, et al).  I remember as a child hearing about Gordon Parks and his contribution to what I call the black prophetic canon.  He will be missed.  His voice…