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Antwuan Malone
Antwuan Malone
I am a Christian author and blogger at Candid Christianity ( In my writing, I challenge conventional Christian thoughts and ethics to represent a more real and authentic love experience from God and his children.
Jul. 20, 2015 2:15 am
About a year and a half ago, God asked me to commit all my meager talents and resources to serving in young adult ministry. It took me about six months to actually take the step of faith. I've had the privilege of serving young adults in Collin County through ELEVATE | Young Adult Ministry for several months now as a Ministry Director. I've decided to reflect on four lessons I've learned in...  Read More
Jun. 9, 2015 2:44 pm
Events like the one occurring in McKinney, TX (my home town) this past weekend always send ripples through our nation. Questions will be asked. Blame will be assigned. Feelings will be hurt. And so many levels of damage feel inevitable. In a highly critical society like ours, with faces lit by smart devices with cameras in every moment, the way we converse matters all the more. We've all...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2014 5:41 pm
I recently attended a racial reconciliation forum put together by INITIATIVE in Dallas, Texas. The conversation was put together in response to the outcries heard across our country concerning the events that happened in Ferguson, MO . The conversation that night focused on how the churches can pursue more diversity and unity. You can listen to the Q&A of the conversation here . "Racial...  Read More
Sep. 19, 2014 5:27 pm
The American society has a heart for the marginalized. Amid all the domestic and political cat fighting, name-calling and proverbial hair pulling lies one somewhat unified heartbeat -- the marginalized need a champion, the hopeless needs our help, and the defenseless need a hero. This generation of Americans (old and young) are shouting for justice. Screaming, like a petulant child in a grocery...  Read More
Jun. 24, 2014 5:26 pm
Does being a Christian today mean something different than it did a twenty years ago? Fifty years ago? It definitely feels different. Of course, I wasn't around fifty years ago so I can't speak with absolute certainty, but it seems as though society valued Christianity then. Not that things were perfect fifty years ago. Let's not forget how the dark shadow of racism and bigotry lorded over the...  Read More
May 26, 2014 12:19 am
I heard a talk recently from Peter Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team , about the power of vulnerability. It's funny. A few years ago, I was pretty obsessed with vulnerability. Having grown up in the church, and all but watching folks slip on their masks just before entering Sunday morning service, I'd grown frustrated and cynical. Even embarrassed. Not only was I watching it...  Read More
Mar. 19, 2014 9:25 pm
So I really wanted to write this post after I wrote up my review for Frozen (where I utterly fail and say that the movie won't be a classic) but didn't get the chance to. Hey, life happens. But now, with the Blu-Ray/DVD being freshly released, it's a perfect time to talk about some of the things that kinda got me to thinking after having watched the movie several times. And hearing the songs...  Read More
Mar. 5, 2014 5:34 pm
I thought about this passage today found in Matthew 10 and in Luke 9. It reads like this. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” (Luke 9:3-5) Do not get any gold...  Read More
Feb. 6, 2014 1:10 am
Last night, around 11 pm, I finally decided to invest two and a half hours of my time listening to two very intelligent people verbally spar about the beginning of all things. I was hoping for something new, something inspiring (from a Christian point of view). But in the end, I must admit, I felt disappointed with Ken Ham's core arguments for creationism. As far a winning goes, I think the blue...  Read More
Jan. 29, 2014 11:36 am
I've been thinking a lot about miracles lately. And mission, really. As many of you are aware, I'm on the staff at INITIATIVE , which is a network of young Christians in the Dallas area who support the local church movement in our city. Every month, INITIATIVE holds a Gathering where it takes on a prominent need in our city. In these Gatherings, the goal is simple: to connect passions from...  Read More
Jan. 12, 2014 1:28 am
Awareness is fine and dandy, but what's after that? Trafficking has become one of the hottest causes in America. And with this month being Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I'm sure you're going to see lots of statistics and other information about how big a problem trafficking is in America. I love that the cover is being pulled back on this heinous crime, but I will admit to not being sure...  Read More
Nov. 26, 2013 1:30 am
Movements are exciting. And a bit scary. What's scarier is this, another venture into the often heated conversation of women in ministry... or more recently called, (a Christian) Jesus Feminism. I've written a couple times on the subject already ( a basic look , a studious look , and a warning for a movement ), but I can't help but notice all the energy and friction around the subject of holy...  Read More
Nov. 15, 2013 7:56 pm
We've all had this happen. Our child presents us a drawing they've been toiling over for half an hour with a chest full of pride and beaming smile. We grab the sheet of paper from their outstretched hands, and proceed to examine something that looks like nothing we've ever seen. And the game begins. Is it a primitive beast, a small horse, or a ruby slipper? Or, is it just scribble scrabble, an...  Read More
Oct. 22, 2013 2:03 am
The Christian community tends to swing from one extreme to the other. We've done it for years. Let me admit that, when I heard about the mob of ladies clamoring to be a part of the IF:Gathering in Austin on February 7th and 8th, I got a little worried. I suppose it's a sort of instinct I have. Whenever everyone seems to going in one direction, I hesitate. Let's face it, we are a mob species....  Read More
Oct. 10, 2013 2:00 pm
When it comes to the roles of women in ministry, there are two main views. The complementarian suggests the roles of men and women in life, marriage and worship are distinct in nature, yet complementary to each other. This view commonly rejects women ministry leadership in the church. The egalitarian viewpoint suggests the roles of men and women are indistinct and equal. As such, the egalitarian...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2013 12:55 am
I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I've read, Don Jon seems to be a parable about the destructive nature of masturbation, and the male fascination with the female form. I think that's interesting. Mostly because Don Jon is a secular film, rated R (for super strong sexual content, nudity, and massive profanity) and by all intents and purposes off the radar of many Christians (or so...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2013 9:09 pm
Take a second to think about this. Would you still be a Christian if God stopped blessing you? It's a good question, but it's probably a little too easy to answer. There are so many scriptures suggesting we can ask what we want from God and he'll give it to us. Even Jesus seems to suggest this in the Sermon on The Mount. So, since there's no real possibility that God will withhold his many...  Read More
Sep. 16, 2013 9:05 pm
It's a new day. Well, it's kinda been a new day for a while, but you get the drift. Last night, we crowned a Miss America who is of Indian descent, and people are losing their minds. First off, let me defend the Miss America pageant a bit (though I totally didn't even know it was on last night). When I was a kid, the Miss America pageant was a family event. When that came on, we all sat and...  Read More
Sep. 15, 2013 8:59 pm
It's been a year and a little bit since I began a life a vocational ministry, and already I've learned a ton -- which is to say way more than four things. But for those out there who are looking into vocational ministry, here's a few things I think you should know. And for those of you who are served by ministers, there's a few things in here for you too. Okay, four lessons I've learned about...  Read More
Sep. 9, 2013 1:04 am
Disclaimer: So, I think I have some serious problems with the book of James. There's a part of me that wants to respect the text and the redaction process of the Bible. And there's a part of me that doesn't feel qualified enough to question the things I'm questioning. And yet, there are things James is saying in this letter that is too loud for me to ignore. As we worked through James in the...  Read More
Aug. 29, 2013 12:26 am
So here's the deal. I'm not a big Revelation fan. In fact, I really prefer not deal too much with the book because it often leads to conversations that don't go anywhere. But I'm taking a class at B.H.Carroll Theological Institute, and one of my recent assignments was to review the Four Views on the Book of Revelation (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology) by C. Marvin Pate. It's basically a book...  Read More
Aug. 28, 2013 5:45 pm
A good friend of mine likes to tease me about my desire and willingness to go the opposite way of the crowd. I suppose it's a common occurrence, and I'll admit that I am often leery of trotting down the path everyone seems to be trotting down. I consider it an involuntary (yet healthy) skepticism. So then, you might imagine that on this day, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I...  Read More
Aug. 26, 2013 10:38 pm
Prayer is tricky. It's not a very religious thing to say, I know, but it's true. Most people don't know what prayer is for, or if it really works. They don't know what to expect from God once they've prayed. Is it supposed to happen now? Is prayer just wishful thinking? Prayer is one of those things we do because people keep telling us to, even if in the middle of it, we're not quite sure what...  Read More
Jun. 6, 2013 2:14 am
I recently read an article written by Bob Roberts Jr. named Global Church Trends which means to offer a pulse on the movement of the church worldwide. My (former) pastor initially passed along the article, so I read it. As I went, I found myself agreeing and disagreeing, but figured... who am I to disagree with Bob Roberts, international man of missionary ministry! But what the heck. If I...  Read More
Apr. 14, 2013 7:12 pm
What do you do when you hear a friend's loved one passed away? Do you call immediately, risking that you are one of dozens of people calling offering condolences (which may not be a good thing, actually)? Or do you wait a day or two to call, to let the emotional tide calm down a bit and allow those closest to respond first? Sometimes I'm not so sure. I know what I want to accomplish: I want my...  Read More
Mar. 28, 2013 10:08 am
I am apparently enamored, and highly frustrated, with Moral Theology. I've already written about it here and here , and there's a video of me talking about it here , and a video of a sermon I gave that touches on it here . Nonetheless, let's talk about once again today, but from what I think is a rather unique perspective. Reading the title, you're probably wondering how I could ever call...  Read More
Mar. 25, 2013 2:06 am
Some of the most lively conversations I've had with Christians come from the question, once saved always saved? It's a subject, like many here at Candid Christianity, that's hard to cover in a little blog. Truly giving it the consideration it needs leads us into fundamental conversation about God and his motives, grace and it's purpose, and the definition of salvation. The popular Bible verses...  Read More
Mar. 21, 2013 8:09 pm
Check this verse out! Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” I think that's hilarious! I'm not sure Jesus said it with the same gusto the average irate New Yorker says it with, but it's funny to me anyway. So let's set up the scene real quick. Jesus had already resurrected and Simon Peter Johnson (get it, because Peter was the...  Read More
Mar. 19, 2013 12:34 am
"Making disciples of all nations" is the operative element of the command Jesus gave His disciples in the Great Commission. The command challenges all Jesus' disciples to multiply in a similar way that God commissioned Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply to fill the Earth. How consistent. We've been trying to figure out the best way to do that ever since. In part 1 of this Discipleship...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2013 1:47 pm
So there's a new Pope. CNN wants to tell you five interesting things about him , so head over there if you'd like to read up on him. I didn't. I guess it's because I feel apathetic to the whole event. I don't know from whence this apathy comes, but I feel it. Or rather, don't feel... you know what I mean. The pomp and pageantry of this whole thing just, I don't know. I can't wrap my head...  Read More
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