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John Howard Griffin is one of my heroes. He’s the white man who took the amazing journey of living as a black man in the Deep South in the late 1950’s.  Ultimately, he recorded his saga in a book, Black …Read More

I‘m currently working on a new writing project.  Here’s an excerpt:

In his latest book, Soong-Chan Rah wants to equip us for the multicultural revolution that’s knocking at the American church’s door.  Are we ready to trade our melting pots for jazz improv? Right now, the U.S. is experiencing the most …Read More

I’m not much of a science fiction reader.  Recently, though, I saw an interview with Octavia Butler.  I’ve perused her books with titles such as, “Kindred,” “Parable of the Sower,” Parable of the Talents,” and “Wild Seed.”  Obviously, the Biblical …Read More

I just started reading Philip Gulley’s new book, “If the Church Were Christian:  Rediscovering the Values of Jesus.”  I love provocative titles! I haven’t read enough to comment about the overall content but I am intrigued by his thesis: “…if …Read More

Nominated alongside the likes of Drake and Justin Bieber is jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category.  The odds are stacked against her but I’m holding out hope that this true talent and artist …Read More

Gerson & Wehner begin their book, City of Man, with a comparison of the church during Nazi Germany and the church during the civil rights movement.  The Christians during 1930’s Germany largely accommodated themselves to the status quo, all the …Read More

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an album as much as Wake Up! by John Legend & The Roots.  In this neo/old-school soul album, Legend solidifies himself as the Marvin Gaye/Bill Withers of our day. Check out the title …Read More

I’m reading a new book about religion and politics.  More specifically,what role should our Christian faith play in our politics?  It’s called, City of Man:  Religion and Politics in a New Era, by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner. The fundamental …Read More