Hello Good people,
So it's been a while since I last posted. No excuses. I just haven't taken the time. Pray for me. But I do have good things to share. Check this out:
-Last fall I was invited to write a sermon for Odyssey Network and the Huffington post. Interestingly, the sermon was suppose to be in accordance with the lectionary which was like asking me to walk on glass because I almost never preach in that prescribed manner. Nonetheless, it worked out that there was an insightful passage that related to the social issue of poor US veterans that I was able to use for my sermon. The huffington post published it on their site November 11, 2013. I've received a good amount of diverse feedback about the sermon. My favorite has been the folks in the comment section who said "I knew Jesus didn't give a damn about veterans." Uh, that's what you took from what I wrote? Nevertheless, check it out here if you haven't already.
-Everyone knows that I see the advancement of public theology and religious based public intellectualism as one my vocational missions. Last year the Spirit really convicted my heart and pushed me to really get busy with this mission. In response to the Spirit's urging this year the church I pastor and I have planned a Truth On The Loose conversation with Biblical Scholar Randall Bailey on the subject of "Reading the Bible as a Radical Liberationist". I highly excited about this conversation that will take place this month March 26 at 7pm. If you're anywhere close you be present! More info can be found here.
-Lastly, yesterday I posted an article titled "African American churches and the Neglect of Public Ministers" on the Huffington Post Religion section. You can read it here. I'm really encouraged by the feedback I've received thus far about this peice. I've been marinating a while on some the insights in the article and I'm glad it's inspiring and encouraging emerging and established public ministers and pastors.
Critically and Compassionately yours, Billy Michael Honor