I’m honored to have been asked to do an interview with Christianity Today about my new book 10:10: Life to the Fullest.
There is a division of CT called Parse, and they run a weekly feature called “Friday Five.” Daniel Darling (one of the editors and great blogger himself – check his site out here), reads over the book and then develops 5 questions that he thinks will help people understand the heart of the book better.
Here are the Five Questions that he posed to me:
1) So the title of your book is 10:10 after John 10:10. Many Christians have claimed this verse “the abundant life” to mean a variety of different things. What do you think Jesus is saying here?
2) You say that for many American Christians, “something is missing.” What is that something?
3) Do you think that perhaps sometimes our desire for “something more” could simply be that we’ve gotten bored with an ordinary life of faithfulness ad are reaching for new experiences?
4) You say that Jesus leads us into mission and that is “the most exciting thing in the world.” For many folks, they may not see mission quite that way
5) What is one piece of advice you’d give to pastors and church leaders?
Curious to hear my answers? Check out the blog post here:
Friday Five Interview with Daniel Hill
Thanks again for all the support!
I am a lifelong Chicagoan, a pastor at River City Community Church, and an author who writes a lot about resisting and confronting white supremacy from a faith lens.
Our church was founded in January of 2003 in the west Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, and is centered on the core values of worship, reconciliation, and neighborhood development. We long to see increased spiritual renewal as well as social and economic justice in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and entire city, demonstrating compassion and alleviating poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God. It is also through the gift of this faith community that I have learned to see the profound historical and spiritual impact of the stronghold of white supremacy, and where I have been challenged to broaden and deepen my understanding of discipleship in the hopes of becoming a serious enough Christ follower who is able to meaningfully participate with those who have risen up in defiance of this evil principality.
The lessons learned in this journey have been captured in a pair of books on race. The first, White Awake, explores the barriers that white people tend to face – white Christians specifically – when we attempt to awaken to and understand white supremacy through a faith lens. I spend a lot of time here addressing the internal defenses that are bound to go off when this journey is taken seriously, and I chart out a path for developing a resilient spirit that steadfastly moves towards truth, justice, and equity. The second, White Lies, further builds out the path for the white Christian who longs to actively participate in the resistance and confrontation of white supremacy. I spend a lot of time here exploring why it is so hard to tell the truth about race, as well as expose the lies that sustain it, within white, Christian, Bible-believing environments. I then propose nine practices that position us for engaging in this task.
On the personal front, my career started in the marketplace, as I was part of three dot.com startups in the 90’s. My vocational path shifted when I joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in 1998, and I spent five years working there. I started River City Community Church in January 2003 and have been happily serving here ever since. On the education front, my undergrad was in Business (Purdue University), my graduate degree in theology (Moody Bible Institute), and my doctoral degree in community development (Northern Seminary). On the family front, my wife is a Professor of Psychology, and we have two amazing children (Xander and Gabriella).
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