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).
A growing number of churches have been captured by the vision of every tribe, tongue and nation being represented in their churches. In an effort to promote this Kingdom in our churches the rudimentary elements of what it means to do church and ministry must be reconsidered in light of John’s Revelation 7:9-10 vision. Discipleship is one of those fundamental Christian tasks that we need to reimagine to consider the cultural dynamics that come into play.
This podcast was recorded during a breakout session at the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Annual Meeting.