The Great Courses
The Great Courses (formerly known as The Teaching Company) have been a source of ongoing education for me for more than 10 years. As the company blurb says, Imagine having access to the best professors in every field. From science to history to theology to literature, the courses keep me up on the latest advances in the advancement of knowledge. My favorite courses are the Biblical studies courses taught by Luke Timothy Johnson of Emory University. I highly recommend “Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine” and “Jesus and the Gospels.”
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Urban Promise International
I once sat on the board for a faith-based organization that transformed the lives of youth in Camden, New Jersey, with a simple formula: leadership, spiritual and academic development. I fell in love with the kids and the dedicated leaders who poured their lives into them. When Urban Promise founder Bruce Main responded to requests to export the model to other parts of the world, he called and asked if I’d serve on the International board. Tears come to my eyes when I hear the stories of despair turned to hope in under-resourced communities in Malawi, Uganda and Honduras as well as Miami, Trenton, Wilmington, Toronto and Charlotte.
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