John Pavlovitz Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Click below to listen to pastor, writer and activist John Pavlovitz speak at Transfiguration on what it means to welcome everyone to the table, whether we agree with them or not.
A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice – both inside and outside faith communities. Over the past several years, Pavlovitz’s blog, Stuff That Needs to Be Said, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people across the world. His popularity is not surprising, given that his core message is one that many are yearning to hear: that hope is still possible, and that kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the way forward. His work in this respect has earned him the nickname “The Pastor of the Resistance.”
Such a nickname may sound radical and confrontational, and indeed Pavlovitz does not shy away from speaking his mind on difficult topics. Yet his message is deeply rooted in his Christian faith. His book, Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto, provides a road map of sorts, leading the reader away from the rhetoric of negativity, hatred, and violence that are so pervasive in our culture and towards a practice of compassion and concern for others. Pavlovitz motivates us to live outwardly and find purpose and identity as we care for the world in large and small ways.