Welcoming a Friend
I have added another blog to my list of “kindred spirits.” This is a brand new blog by my good friend, Dr. Mikeal (spelled correctly) Broadway and is called “Earth as it is in Heaven.” Mike is a friend whom I met through our mutual connections with Glen Stassen and the late, much lamented, James Wm. McClendon, Jr., and John Howard Yoder. Mike grew up a typical Southern Baptist, even going to Baylor and Golden Gate Seminary, but something curved in his pilgrimage. Somehow Mike became an Anabaptist-style pacifist and started being influenced by. . . African American Christians. Weirdly for a Southern Baptist (though it shouldn’t be), he ended up doing Ph.D. work at Duke University! But even stranger, for a white Baptist from Texas, Mike and his family stopped going to Southern Baptist congregations and started attending National Baptist (African American) ones. The Broadways are members at Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC and Mike teaches theology and ethics at Shaw University Divinity School, an historic African-American institution closely related to National Baptists and more loosely with American Baptists. And he works in. . . community organizing and with community development associations. Weird, huh? Of course, I could blame Everly, Mike’s wonderful wife who is full of wisdom and probably helps him get on track regularly–but somehow I suspect that the Holy Spirit is even more to blame than Everly.
Welcome, Mike! Folks, he’s brand new at blogging, so visit and encourage him and give him some time to adjust.
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