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…
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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…
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Why you can't explain what's happening in church right now without capitalism
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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 …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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At Jubilee Baptist, we worship, gather, struggle, and liberate. I get the inherent cheesiness of catchphrases, slogans, and mission statements, but at …
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I’ve written previous newsletters about a couple of ministries we plan to start at Jubilee Baptist (jubileebaptist.church). You can read about Workers …
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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.…
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Earlier today I read the manifesto of the El Paso shooter. I did so because I wanted to understand him. Understanding doesn’t mean empathy or sympathy.…
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