Prayers For Today

Despite having been born and raised an extremely active Episcopalian and the fact that I've been active in an ACNA Church for nearly all of the three years I've lived in North Carolina, I've never been tasked with leading Prayers Of The People, which is a time in the Anglican tradition where a lay person... Continue Reading →

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My Life as a Suburban Church Planter

I found this blog post particularly thought-provoking, and thus commend it to you. It’s primarily an admonition to pastors with mostly-suburban congregations, but I took away quite a bit for myself.

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Yesterday, I had the rare privilege of sharing some thoughts with my brothers and sister at the Acts 29 Global Gathering in Nashville, TN. It has been a remarkable time together and I love this family more than ever. I was tasked to speak for fifteen minutes on things I have learned as church planter and leader in a suburban context. For some reason, it seems to have struck a chord, and I hope and pray that it might prove useful to some.

Below is the full transcript. Grace and peace.

My Life as a Suburban Church Planter: Acts 29 Global Gathering

18 July 2017

I have spent the last ten years serving a church in the big, bad, beautiful city of Johannesburg, South Africa. But that isn’t an entirely true statement, because the community in which our church gathers is found in the leafy suburbs to the North of…

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My Personal Experience With Racism and Redemption Down In Georgia

Having grown up in a working-class black family, I'd attended public schools until 9th grade, but was awarded an academic scholarship to a private school for 9th-12th grade. Some of my friends from the public schools warned me that I shouldn't go there. Words like "snobs" were often used to describe my potential future classmates.... Continue Reading →

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