Saturday, January 27, 2007


I waited with anticipaton to read his book and was not disappointed. In fact, I was humbled, challenged, and inspired. And now I can read more of Ed Gilbreath's thoughts on his new blog. Check it out.

Also, Tony Campolo has some fascinating thoughts on wealth, poverty, and faith. Read it, and read it again. (HT: Scot McKnight) In light of Campolo's thoughts, I'd also recommend Fr. Gary Smith's Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor (Loyola Press, 2002). There is also an interesting on-line study guide for the book here.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anthony Smith has started a new series of weekend posts in anticipation of MLK Day. These petitions are creative and thoughtful, and something worthy of deep reflection.

Here's something else: I'm having students read MLK's Nobel Prize speech from 1964 in anticipation of Monday's discussion (yes, we are in school). For a world history class, this speech offers a way to reimagine MLK in the context of global history and therefore retain his voice's prophetic edge. Students will answer questions from this study guide in anticipation of Monday's discussion.

Read and listen to clips of the speech, which still addresses issues of injustice and empire in today's world.

I got the speech from the MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford under the direction of Clayborne Carson.