Are Cincinnati’s Race Problems Overblown?

Are Cincinnati’s race problems overblown? It all depends on who you ask. I recently hosted a team of about 20 high school students from Spartanburg, SC, who were here to help me canvass the city, take surveys, and get a better grasp on the spiritual climate in Cincinnati. I made the surveys and specifically asked […]

Spiritual Warfare

Laura and I have now been living in Cincinnati for over a month. When we first set out to move here, I had two assumptions. First, ministry is going to be difficult and we will likely face opposition. Second, God has given me a great wife and family and our home would be a place […]

Hello, Cincinnati

As of today, we have been residents of Cincinnati for one week. We live about a block from a hospital, which is great if we have an emergency, but not so great when ambulances decide to scream into the ER at 2 am every night. This pic is the view from our living room. The […]

Help me name a new church!

I have compiled a list of potential church names and I need your feedback. Please choose up to three different names that you like best. Here’s a few things to keep in mind: 1. This will be an “urban” type church in downtown Cincinnati. 2. This will be a church that focuses on racial unity. […]

When a Black Man Marries a White Woman

Few people actually think of themselves as racist. It is social suicide. But that doesn’t keep people from harboring subtle prejudices in their hearts that may seem innocent enough. Some of the most bigoted things I have ever heard from other peoples’ mouths were often preceded by the phrase, “I’m not a racist, but…” Many […]

Cincinnati Round Up

Here’s a compendium of recent internet articles about the Queen City that I found interesting. Cincinnati is a top ten city for relocation. An urban wanderer gives an outsider’s honest take on Cincinnati. Cincy has an embarrassment of riches in top notch cultural institutions, parks, modern architecture, and several Fortune 500 company’s headquarters. The Cleveland […]

Race and the Evangelical Slavery Problem

Pop Quiz. First Question: Who are some of the most beloved figures of American Evangelicalism? Answer. Consider these names: Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Charles Hodge. Great theologians and preachers all. Second Question: Even though most African American Christians believe in a generally evangelical theology, why do so few identify with evangelicalism as a broader […]

Other Cincinnati Church Plants/Planters…

Paul Peterson has compiled a list of new church plants in the Cincinnati area. To see these other churches is very exciting and I can’t wait to meet all of them. The days of territorialism and competitiveness are dead, and I’m glad for it. Churches on mission need to work together to reach their respective […]