Last week was a big one for me as 10:10 – Life to the Fullest finally released. It represents the culmination of a decade of work, so it’s amazing to now see it real and in people’s hands.
This week I get to have a release party with Chicago friends, and I am really looking forward to that as well. It’s a chance for me to personally celebrate, and to spend time with those who helped me work out these ideas over the past years (if you’re in Chicago and want to come, shoot me a message!)
Because 10:10 is a bit of an abstract title, I am often asked if I can summarize the major themes of the book. I took that challenge head on last week, and distilled each of the major themes into five separate entries. Hope it’s helpful!
Part 1: What 10:10 represents for me at a personal level (click here)
Part 2: The most two important words that underscore the 10:10Life: “In Christ” (click here)
Part 3: Dimension 1 of the 10:10Life: Faith & Fear (click here)
Part 4: Dimension 2 of the 10:10Life: Faith & Spiritual Intimacy (click here)
Part 5: Dimension 3 of the 10:10Life: Faith & Mission (click here)
Thanks again for all the great support you have shown me. I remain hopeful and prayerful that this will serve as a catalyst for folks to reignite their faith and gain a bigger and broader picture of life with Christ.
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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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