On November 15, 2018, I was interviewed by Molly Worthen for an op-ed that was published by the New York Times on April 20, 2019. The article included quotes from a nearly 75-minute conversation regarding my experience in the Southern Baptist Convention against the backdrop of the racial turmoil in our country. In our conversation, she asked questions about my engagement with theologian James Cone in light of my stated commitment to Southeastern Seminary’s confessional and affirmed statements. Since the article was published, I’ve had several conversations about the quotes that were used as well as my interaction with Cone’s work. I understand Worthen’s role as a journalist and academic, and I am always appreciative of those who engage these issues. Given some resulting confusion, I think it is important to add some context to my statements that was not able to be included in the piece. (read the rest of my response, here).
Six months before joining the North Greenville University family in chapel I was asked to speak on “The Call to Social Justice and Social Engagement.” The week I was scheduled to delver this message was at the height of Christians debating the believe’s engagement with social injustice. My address begins at 22:29 (follow the link below), but the worship through song that precedes my message is fantastic. Please note: there are a few times when the audio goes out, but it comes back in.