Christian blogger John Pavlovitz to speak at St. James Episcopal Church

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News
Author, father and blogger John Pavlovitz will hold an interactive discussion called "Claiming Your Heart Center in a Broken World" on March 15 and 16.

John Pavlovitz, North Carolina author, father, and well-known progressive blogger, is bringing an interactive discussion, “Claiming Your Heart Center in a Broken World,” to Black Mountain.   

The pastor behind the "Stuff that Needs to Be Said" blog is coming to St. James Episcopal Church on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. 

With the Friday session already sold out, tickets for the 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. presentation on Saturday are still available and cost $20 for adults and $15 for students. 

"Stuff that Needs to Be Said” took the internet by storm. He boldly calls out hypocrisy in plain language and reflects on his own experiences as a youth with “in groups” and “out groups” to form his inclusive Christianity.

His popularity is not surprising, given his core message is one many are yearning to hear: hope is still possible, and kindness, inclusion, and compassion are the way forward. “Hope isn’t found in a celebrity, religious leader, or politician,” says Pavlovitz. “It’s found in the mirror.”

Advance tickets can be purchased online at or the St. James church office at 424 West State Street from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.