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Mike hopes to see the world turned upside down through local communities banding together for social change, especially churches which have recognized the radical calling to be good news to the poor, to set free the prisoners and oppressed, and to become the social embodiment of the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven. He lives with the blessed memory of his wife, in Durham, NC, and has three adult children living in three different states. He also shares his life with the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, the faculty and students of Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, and the faithful fans of Duke and Baylor Basketball in his neighborhood.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

I'm writing a boring introduction to this blog, so read on if you need some help falling asleep. This site is an experiment in two ways. I am trying out a suggestion from a recent faculty seminar, when we were told that blog sites make a good way to do asynchronous class discussions because they are simple to use and present a better user interface than some bulletin board sites. The other experiment is to see if this mode of writing might facilitate my writing in general. The hardest part of academic research is the discipline to set aside time for writing. Perhaps I can put some fragments down in this setting that will help me work on the larger projects that I keep putting off.

My primary audience will be students in my classes, but others are welcome to post, too. I will moderate all outside posts to try to keep the discussion focused on matters relevant to the courses at hand, but I hope that other interested parties may actually strengthen the discussion (keep it brief, please) by shedding light on points of view which differ from what I have written.

5 comments:

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Hi, Mike, I put you on my "blogroll" at Levellers (http://anabaptist418.blogspot.com/ ) and introduced your blog to my readers (all 3 of them).

Joette Steger said...

The young Muslim man who felt compelled to throw away his music and his worldly goods reminded me of St. Francis of Assisi, who also gave up all his worldly goods, including his clothes, and a promising career to work with the poor. Thinking of these two young men brings to mind Hauerwas’ statement in “The Servant Community: Christian Social Ethics (1983)” that “we cannot merely identify with the “cause” of the poor, we must become poor and powerless.” Perhaps the young Muslim man portrayed in the movie “My Son, the Fanatic” is closer to God than some of us who consider ourselves Christian. If we are following Christ, should we not all be fanatics?

Ryon Price said...

MWW now has four readers at levellers.

I'm glad you have opened this blog to public discussion.

Irie and I are doing well living in the 2nd whitest state in the Union.

Doing good work though. Good work.

Thom said...

Hey baby...

Just hooked into the blog through the link to the pumpkins.

Was struck by your comment that maybe this would help your writing in general. This was exactly one of my reasons for beginning my blog and I think that probably it serves me more as another one of those wonderful writer excuses than it does actual facilitation.

I'm wondering how it's working oout for you?

T

Mike Broadway said...

Hey, Thom,

I started this, as I may have indicated, as a way to do some ad hoc writing on a more regular basis. I don’t write about many subjects on which I have some serious thoughts. I don’t need to try to make every one of them the subject of an academic essay. So I am trying to get myself to write at least twice a week. I missed a couple of weeks because of travel and intense work, but I came back and overdid it last week by getting involved in a brawl over church-state issues. I think it is good for me. I am finding out that one of my suspicions is true—I have a hard time writing a brief statement. I am too habituated to nuances and qualifications. I also make too many sideways connections rather than getting to my main point. So I think it is helping.

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