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Justice, an extension of Worship

I just finished preaching at my home church.  We are doing as series called “The Story” in which we walk through the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.  It’s not a verse-by-verse tour de force through the scriptures.  It’s merely a broad stroke, loosely sketched, expository approach to teaching through the bible.  It’s been good and … Continue reading

Mentoring on The Wire

I must admit, I was Johnny come lately to the HBO hit show “The Wire.”  I had heard a ton about the docu-drama, but the busyness of my life allowed me to watch bits and pieces of the show each season.  But the last two weeks I’ve been able to unwind from an intense 2 … Continue reading

A Response to Dr. Metzger’s Recent Blog Post

I’m in a cohort with Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and here is my recent response to one of his recent blog post:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uncommongodcommongood/2014/01/how-seriously-do-we-take-jesus-words-on-the-need-for-christian-unity/ As I reflect on Dr. Metzger recent blog post, “How Seriously Do We Take Jesus’ Words on the Need for Christian Unity?”  I am reminded that if biblical unity is to be … Continue reading

Cultural Intelligence

I just read, “Many Colors: Cultural Literacy for a Changing Church” by Soong-Chan Rah   Rah’s book, Many Colors, probably is one of the most practical Christian books I’ve read on cultural intelligence and sensitivity.  But what was profoundly impactful was this quote by Rah,   “However, as Albert Raboteau points out, ‘the black church’ … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb by John F.L. Howard Law

This is an excellent read.  The concept of the “peacable realm” as the main quality to achieving justice, which for Law is the “equal distribution of power and privilege” is big.  Defining justice in those terms is critical because equally distributing or re-ordering power to create equity and access is important in understanding this work. … Continue reading

Black Like Me

I read John Howard Griffiin’s book, BLACK LIKE ME, many years ago while creating an organization called Urban Progress which served in northeast Portland.  The leadership team and volunteers were intentionally multi-cultural.  Black Like Me was important work we handed out to our staff and volunteers.  It was one of those books, much like Richard … Continue reading

Overview on Paulo Freire: PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED

I loved this book.  Great read.  It really helped shape my mentoring theory. Freire talks about a kind of teaching (banking concept) that is done for the oppressed and not with (problem-posing) them.  I have taken this to heart as I created my mentoring organization called HOLLA.  The goal of HOLLA is not to do … Continue reading

Helping the Poor

    Just read Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, with a foreword by David Platt. It was a great read.  Here are my thoughts.   This book was surprisingly helpful.  The one area that stood out was how Corbett … Continue reading

Signs of Political Idolatry

The Signs of Political Idolatry by Tim Keller  I found this to be an excellent read.  Hit me up with some thoughts: “One of the signs that an object is functioning as an idol is that fear becomes one of the chief characteristics of life.  When we center our lives on the idol, we become … Continue reading