I Saw the Future In Their Eyes

I Saw the Future In Their Eyes

I saw the future on Tuesday.   I was teaching eleven future pastors in my Pastoral Theology class at SEU Concord. They were totally engaged as we talked about the challenges of doing ministry in a culture that is rapidly changing. I said to them, "Ministry has to change. Engaging our culture with the gospel has to find new expressions. You are the ones that are going to lead us into that new reality.” I think they actually believed me, and I could see the curiosity and excitement in their eyes.   I saw the future on Wednesday.   I was sitting at the on-campus restaurant at...

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Why Inclusion Does Not Equal Genuine Diversity

Why Inclusion Does Not Equal Genuine Diversity

"I have to be honest, James, I hate the word inclusion." James looked at me with a mixed reaction of shock, disappointment, and confusion. After all, he was the leader of the newly formed diversity and inclusion group at a very large organization. They were doing great work creating safe places for people to have conversations about realities present along racial and gender lines that are present within a predominantly white and male-led organization. I replied, "Let me explain... you know I love the work you guys are doing. Keep up your good work. However, I hate that word because of the...

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Learning While Waiting (on a book deal)

Learning While Waiting (on a book deal)

I have dreamed of writing a book for almost twenty years. Actually, if I am being really honest, I've dreamed of writing a lot of books. What dreams do you have that you haven't released to the world? Here's to hoping that this post will encourage you to courageously respond to closed doors (don't try to pry them open) and then courageously walk through open doors (don't shrink back in fear). I've got no less than ten different book ideas safely tucked away in a password-protected journal program on my computer. Whenever I get a new idea, I pull out my computer or phone, open Evernote, and...

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Neighborliness – Dissertation Download

Neighborliness – Dissertation Download

Developing this doctoral dissertation was a life-changing journey. Jesus shaped my heart in ways that I could have never imagined, and I love him more today than ever before because of being exposed to his story. Here's the link to download the dissertation, with the abstract (summary) of the project. https://firescholars.seu.edu/dmin/5 Neighborliness: A Call to Racial and Socioeconomic Equity in Charlotte, North Carolina In Mark 12:28-34, Jesus is challenged by an expert in religious law to identify the most important commandment. He replies that loving God and neighbors is the most...

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Dr. Idont Readgood (How I Became a Doctor While Hating to Read)

Dr. Idont Readgood (How I Became a Doctor While Hating to Read)

"Tell me, David, who are five authors you're reading right now that are really shaping your thinking?" I don't remember his name, but I remember his smug face and perfectly positioned, gel-infused hair that matched the hints of yellow in his plaid shirt. Let's call him Ted. "The bible," I said through an uncomfortable chuckle. "I read the work of those authors almost every day." Ted looked back at me with an annoying mixture of disappointment and arrogant gotcha-ness. He pressed further, and it was obvious that I didn't have an answer. Ted was a second year student at Gordon Conwell...

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Stories of Faith, Faithfulness, and Miracles

Stories of Faith, Faithfulness, and Miracles

I'll never forget the time a flying roach injured my mom's back to the point she couldn't walk for days, and then God miraculously healed her. I won't soon forget the time that my wife laid in a hospital bed, four months pregnant with our first child, Max. The doctor told me that an infection in her kidneys went septic and that they did not know if she would make it through the night. And then God healed her (and preserved my son's life). I still remember the feeling of watching our bank account go down to zero - completely zero - eleven months in a row when we moved from Orlando, FL to...

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The Story of My Scar (and the Faithfulness of My Mother)

The Story of My Scar (and the Faithfulness of My Mother)

I have what looks like is going to be a scar under my right eye. It happened a few days after my mom was in a horrific car accident (January 2019) that almost took her life. I spent every day in the hospital with her as she was dealing with seven broken bones, three surgeries, and bleeding on the brain. I went home one night to go check in on the fam and help with a few things around the house. Alight in the living room needed to be changed, so I went to grab the ladder out of our utility closet in the garage. When I grabbed the ladder, the weed whacker fell off the brace that holds it up...

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Dissertation Draft – Conclusion

Dissertation Draft – Conclusion

I just found myself all up in my feelings tonight as I wrote the first draft of my conclusion for the doctoral dissertation. Three years worth of academic research and practical ministry as I've explore race, economics, and friendship as it relates to the topic of biblical neighborliness. Here's my first stab at my conclusion... it will change through the editing process, but I wanted to share the experience as it unfolds. There's probably mistakes, but after three years and 12+ hours of writing today alone, I don't hardly care at all ... hahahahaha... shoot me a message if you have any...

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How God Uses Reluctant Leaders

How God Uses Reluctant Leaders

Ever feel reluctant in your leadership or too nervous to speak up? Welcome to the company of heroes of the faith. We may remember their names now, but everyone one of them were normal folks like you and I. Consider the story of Moses. Even though he is now regarded as one of the central figures in the Bible, he was an incredibly reluctant leader. God saw strength, character, and integrity in Moses. He knew the task ahead would be arduous, and he knew Moses could handle the heat. However, like many of us, all Moses could see was his insecurities and inadequacies. He said, "I can't speak...

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Docusen Family Cell Phone Agreement

Docusen Family Cell Phone Agreement

Each kid in our home has gotten a cell phone when they got to middle school. It is both a fun moment for the family to communicate with our kids in a new way, and a terrifying reality that the world is opening to them in a whole new way. We've had ups and downs along the way, but overall we have absolutely awesome kids that are (mostly) open and honest with us. One of the ways that we try to encourage that openness is by setting clear boundaries and letting them know that they can talk to us. Here's the agreement between us and them that we came up with recently. I found a template at...

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