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  • White Awake // Community Christian

    White Awake // Community Christian

    Was thankful for the opportunity to partner with Community Christian Church – a multi-site congregation in the Chicagoland area – as they endeavored to have a church-wide discussion on how white Christians should think about white supremacy from a Biblical perspective. Community Christian was co-founded by Dave and Jon Ferguson, and they have been dedicated…

  • Guest post: Hailie Henderson

    One of the unexpected gifts that has come with White Awake has been the opportunity to travel to a variety of different locales throughout the United States. Within each city I have met vibrant, young, driven, intelligent, transformation-oriented leaders who hunger to see God’s justice and shalom brought from heaven to earth, and meeting them…

  • Englewood Review of Books: White Awake

    Was thankful for this report from the well respected Englewood Review of Books. Check it out here.

  • Year End Report: River City

    As 2017 comes to a close, I took some time to write a letter to members, attenders, and supporters of River City. Our church is organized around three pillars (worship, reconciliation, neighborhood development), and I shared some highlights of the year under each pillar: WORSHIP At the center of the “Church” is Jesus Christ, and…

  • The Biblical imperative for Intercultural Ministry

    I was recently invited to submit a chapter for the wonderful book project Intercultural Ministry, co-edited by Dr.’s Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge-Clanton. The topic I was asked to address – and the one that I subsequently shared with our staff and elder teams at River City – was how to address power dynamics…

  • Intercultural Ministry

    I’ve long been an admirer of the work of Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and among the many things I am in awe of with her is the amount of books she’s authored! Her voice is very influential in both the academy and in the church, and one of her latest projects is an anthology entitled…

  • The immorality of race

    It was a joy and honor to be participate in the 2017 Racial Reconciliation Conference, hosted at New Life Fellowship in Queens, NY. My spiritual connection to this church goes all the way back to the early 2000’s, when the founding pastor, Pete Scazzero, released the landmark book The Emotionally Healthy Church. Nancy Ortberg, my…

  • The (evangelical) refugee crisis

    There was a time when the word “evangelical”carried a positive connotation – a time where being part of an evangelical community inferred a commitment to both God and to neighbor. But in today’s society it is no secret that the word has lost almost all credibility. To speak of evangelicals now is to at best,…

  • Some of our community development work…

    I have been a dormant blogger lately, which I apologize for! From a writing standpoint, I have been hard at work on my newest book project with Intervarsity Press, entitled “White Awake.” I am very excited with the progress, and if all goes well it will be out in October 2017. On the church side,…

  • What we mean when we say that God is our Father (and why that is important)

    “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” — A.W. Tozer I love this quote from A.W. Tozer, and believe it is spot on. There are many important things about us, but how we think about God is at the top of the list. Nothing will…