A year ago there was hope. The shock of Ahmaud Arbery’s mugging, then Breonna Taylor, and then George Floyd provided a time when there was hope that white evangelical America was actually listening. I loaned out books. I bought books for others. I invited folks into conversation. Then… well, we got tired. White fatigue setContinue reading “I will not cease to call for repentance”
I had a smaller goal for reading this year, but then just kept on reading. I also listened to books on Audible since I was driving quite a bit at particular times of the year. I was able to read more widely this year than probably ever before. More female authors. More authors of color.Continue reading “Books this year”
Given the opportunity to get away to refresh yourself in prayer and you can take your Bible, a notebook, and one more book that would help refresh you in this spiritual exercise for a few days, what book would be going with you?
I had the privilege of interviewing Marlena Graves along with Dennis Edwards on another subject a few weeks ago. Today Marlena is launching her latest book: The Way Up is Down. Get this book! She is a fresh, powerful voice needed in this generation. I WILL BE GIVING AWAY ONE COPY OF HER BOOK. HEREContinue reading “Book launch day — get this one!”
There is a lot to keep on being aware of in our lives and culture. This kairos moment is an opportunity for more folks to see what has been going on around us… and for a very long time. I am a baseball guy so I love baseball movies. A classic for me is “FieldContinue reading “White folks, let’s keep learning”
There are two books to finish this year. They both challenge me in issues of judicial injustice and racial justice.
I tracked my reading on Goodreads to see how I would do. I also counted audible books because I drive a lot and it’s my favorite way to consume fiction. Looking back, here are some books I really enjoyed (that word also means “challenged by” for me), and not in any particular order:
We may have heard these generalizations about the poor, or held them ourselves. (Or, still hold them.) — They are lazy and uneducated.— They chose to be poor. They could pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get out of it if they really wanted. — The poor are the government’s responsibility. — It’s theirContinue reading “Confronting our misconceptions about “the poor””
I’ve begun reading The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Lots of quotes to follow in the coming days. This book is needed reading.