Crosstown: Breaking Ground

Sears Crosstown Building Memphis

This coming Saturday, February 21, there is a pretty special event taking place in the Crosstown area of Memphis. It’s centered on the renovation project of the old Sears Crosstown Building. The city has seen a renaissance across many neighborhoods and areas of the city for the past 10-15 years. This will continue the restoration of our city – a city that is rated #5 to start a new business.

Work began a couple of months ago on the building, but the groundbreaking ceremony is this Saturday. The renovation project has the vision of seeing this 1.5 million square foot facility (yes, 1.5 million!) become a “new ‘urban village,’ complete with housing, restaurant and retail businesses, health clinics, and even a charter high school.”

See this short, 6-minute video below. It shares some of the concepts behind the project. Continue reading

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The Religious State of the World

mission worldI am currently taking a class at Fuller Seminary entitled Church & Mission in a Global Context. I greatly appreciate church, church history and mission, and this class is scratching each of those itches.

Early on in the class, we viewed a short, 9-minute video from the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in 2013. There is a large amount of statistics to process within this brief presentation. Nonetheless, it provides some interesting insights into the religious, and Christian, make-up of our world.

Check out the video below. Continue reading

Music Monday – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad-The-Wet-Sprocket-Walk-On-The-Ocean-437113Today’s Music Monday is brought to you by a song from the 80’s-90’s band, Toad the Wet Sprocket (though they did recently release a new album in 2013).

The song I want to introduce you to is Walk on the Ocean, which was released on their 1991 album, fear. The album went platinum. Though they are more known for the song, All I Want, from this particular album, it is the song, Walk on the Ocean, I would like to introduce you to (or remind you of).

Listen below.

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Kingdom Conspiracy

kingdom_conspiracyA month or so ago, I received a review copy of Scot McKnight’s newest release through Brazos Press. It’s entitled Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. McKnight is one of the leading New Testament scholars alive today and I have personally appreciated his writings, especially his 2 books The Blue Parakeet and The King Jesus Gospel. You can also check out his blog, Jesus Creed.

His new release is almost like a “part 2” of The King Jesus Gospel, taking us a bit further in not just understanding the gospel, but the kingdom of God and the church. Continue reading