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.


Shlomo said...


Hi Phil,

I'm just getting started reading Ed's book, it's absolutely fabulous so far. What else should we expect though, we already know his writing skills from reading CT.

Thank you again and again for creating greater exposure to Ed Gilbreath, George Yancy, James Balwin and many of the various other authors you have reviewed here in you blog. Great job my brother!! May your tribe increase.

Blessings in the name of the LORD,


PS: After I have finished a few more chapters I'll add my 2 cents over in the Hideout ( ).

Phil said...

Shlomo, your kind and encouraging words mean a lot, and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment. If provides further sustenance for the journey.

Ed's book is, as you say, fabulous. There's a very interesting chapter on Jesse Jackson, as well as other reflections that left me both challenged and encouraged. I look forward to your review, and I've been thinking about posting one of my own. I know it will spark some good conversation.

I really do hope my white brothers and sisters take the time to read the book, think about what Ed says, and puruse discussions and learning with an honest posture of listening.

Your prayer for my tribe to increase has already been answered -- child #4 is on its way!

Shlomo said...


Hey Phil,

Praise GOD! That's great news about child #4. I pray that Jenni will be healthy and strong and have an easy delivery.

As an aside, I know that George Yancy stopped by this site last year after your review of his book. Do you know him IRL (in real life)? I think he is also in Texas. One thing I was wondering is, do you know if he has a blog of his own? I wish he would participate in some of these discussions.



Phil said...

I do, in fact, know George. On my way to a conference in Dallas last March, we broke bread together one Saturday at lunch and had a very nice conversation. We correspond by email every so often.

I, too, hope he contributes to our ongoing discussions. So far as I know, George doesn't have a blog.