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Author David Emmanuel Goatley

David Emmanuel Goatley is Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Molly T. Marshall has impacted students, congregations, pastors and church networks in various ways throughout her career. She has modeled the kind of grit and grace that no sane person would want to be called on to exhibit. […] Read More

Local contexts and leadership capacities yield missional content. This principle has shaped the work and witness of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention (Lott Carey) through the years. We continually learn the value of this approach through serving, primarily, as a “supporting” rather than “sending” mission community. The last missionary that Lott Carey deployed outside […] Read More

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were personally devastating to thousands of people. Nearly 3,000 victims died. The families and friends who lost loved ones so unexpectedly and violently not only had to suffer their own grief, but they also had to endure the unprecedented rehearsing of their personal pain in the public eye […] Read More

The U.S. Civil War began 150 years ago, on April 12, 1861, when the first mortar round was fired on Fort Sumter, S.C. By the end of the Civil War in 1865, more than 600,000 soldiers had died, and the United States experienced a defining point. The Civil War, however, did not occur in a […] Read More

A small team from the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention recently spent a week in Haiti. The purpose of our visit was to listen and learn, to offer a ministry of encouragement, to review our first phase of response and to plan our strategy for the next 90 days. God blessed our four-person team […] Read More

While most of the world’s attention has been on the tragedy of Port-au-Prince, others throughout Haiti are suffering as well from the earthquake and lack of attention and response. Our church network in Haiti continues to provide immediate relief and hopes for support from the international community soon. The network, L’Union Strategique des Eglises Baptistes […] Read More

At the NAACP, our work in the global arena sometimes elicits the following kind of question: “With all the ills in the United States, why should we be involved in the problems in those countries?” There are at least three principle reasons you should engage globally. First, if you intend to be relevant, you have […] Read More

An 80-year-old lady called me recently to ask if I could help find some help for her son who lives in my metropolitan area. She is a faithful supporting partner in the Lott Carey network that I lead. She was doing the “mother thing” by calling to see if she could find some help for […] Read More

World Aids Day is Dec. 1 each year. It is a time when people around the world focus on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and remember those who are infected and affected by the pandemic. It is difficult for me to conceive how churches can be relevant today without engaging the pandemic with a missional focus today. The […] Read More

Hurricane Katrina made landfall four years ago in August. I left New Orleans just a few days before landfall and within a few days following, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention was communicating throughout our network to help move supplies to Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Our network was generous beyond belief. Our primary focus, […] Read More