January 30th I was burned out from my previous church. Earlier that month, I’d had a piece published about youth and burnout that caught the attention …
As of last night I didn’t have anything I wanted to write here. A friend of mine with a far more successful newsletter said she didn’t monetize hers wa…
I recently got a number of new subscribers to my newsletter. Welcome! My name is John Thornton Jr. I’m a pastor at a church in Chapel Hill and also a w…
Why you can't explain what's happening in church right now without capitalism
This last week I had two tweets that people seemed to connect with. I didn’t really think of them as related or the fact that they both sprang to mind …
I’m sorry for slacking off on this newsletter. I’ve had a pretty busy few weeks. Earlier today at Jubilee we continued our practice of paying off one a…
I’ve been hit or miss with this newsletter lately. Apologies. It turns out starting a church is quite the involving task. Even this one is coming to yo…
Earlier this morning, Jubilee Baptist Church paid off a credit card debt of one of our members. We did this in worship. We did it as worship. I’m reall…
I’ve tried writing things this morning, but I’ve failed. We have our first worship service as Jubilee Baptist in about an hour. All morning I’ve been l…
At Jubilee Baptist, we worship, gather, struggle, and liberate. I get the inherent cheesiness of catchphrases, slogans, and mission statements, but at …
I’ve written previous newsletters about a couple of ministries we plan to start at Jubilee Baptist (jubileebaptist.church). You can read about Workers …
Below is a speech I gave about a year ago in downtown Winston-Salem at a rally protesting the detention and separations of families at the U.S. border.…