Jocelyn roped me into going to church on Sunday morning - which, for those of you who know me, involved me swallowing down quite a few demons - and they asked me up front after the service to talk about MPIE. J-La asked me afterwards to type it out, so here it is. "Good morning… Continue reading Mark at the pulpit
When I was in DC a couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with Suzi, a former boss of mine at FHI. Suzi is regularly full of wisdom, and she did not disappoint during our conversation over pizza at Comet.* First, Suzi stressed the importance of reinventing the wheel. I've turned that over some, and… Continue reading Building your core takes more than sit-ups (wisdom from Suzi)
“Seventy percent of Americans with a religious affiliation say that many religions — not just their own — can lead to eternal life. Most also think there is more than one correct way to interpret the teachings of their own faith.” - from a new Pew survey on American religion. You can read more about… Continue reading Many paths, one god(s)?
4 June 2014: In 2006, I wrote a series of blog posts called "Learning to Be Lost: The Broadmoor Story." I didn't publish them. I was reminded of them recently as I looked back through an email exchange with writer and preacher Gordon Atkinson, who encouraged me to publish them way back in 2006. So,… Continue reading Learning to be Lost: The Broadmoor Story
Sorry, my roommate has all the pictures on his computer. In the meantime, I have a couple of articles to recommend. My friend Luke, my brother, and a few others have developed a chain of emails about two recent phenomena in the American church: the Emergent church and the Reformed church, two very different movements… Continue reading Big Safari Number Two
I wrote this after a week in Long Beach, Mississippi last fall: Like many other Vanderbilt students, I had been itching to do something-anything-to help the victims of August’s hurricanes. Sure, a couple canned goods and a check to the Red Cross was great, but I wanted to sink my hands into the mud that… Continue reading This is not really about Africa
One of my current projects is to help Angela (a boss from Uganda who wears bright African prints, is an MD and MPH and raises three children here) put together an article on how the American Church, long absent in the response to AIDS, can involve itself in work with orphans and other vulnerable children.… Continue reading The Body of Christ has AIDS