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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, April 26, 2012

Sorry about the hiatus

I'm a bit behind in posting on this blog.  Partly, it is the distractions of work, partly lack of discipline.

For the last month, however, I have been completely inundated by a crisis.  My wonderful wife of almost 32 years, Everly, has been diagnosed with extensive malignant tumors in her liver and backbone.  After developing severe pain in her abdomen while traveling for work, the emergency room doctors found lesions in her liver.  Over a period of a week and a half it unfolded that she had cancer that would be very hard to treat.

Any of you would understand how this has overwhelmed us.  Moreover, she has spent most of the last two weeks in the hospital, fighting a range of symptoms partly related to chemotherapy and partly not. 

Certainly such a time as this has driven me deeply into my theological imagination and into my calling as a disciple, whose calling includes this covenant with Everly.  Writing has been helpful to me, and most of what I am writing has to do with updates for the myriad friends of Everly and our families.  If you are interested, you can read these at CaringBridge.

I hope to get back to this important work at "earth as it is in heaven" soon.  In the meantime, I appreciate your interest in my thoughts shown over the years.  If you are willing, I also appreciate your prayers.

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