I am a race atheist

Before you wave me off, dismiss my faith system or the lack thereof, hear me out.  Give me a chance, an opportunity to make my case.  I assure you: This is not what I thought that I would be saying. I used to believe in race, with all my heart, from my head down to […]

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Martin Luther King on being a transformed nonconformist

“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” | Romans 12.2 “‘Do not conform’ is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo.  Many voices and forces urge us to […]

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Technicolor: Multiethnic Church Conference

It’s happening in Duluth, Georgia on February 15, 2018.  Inspired by Mark Hearn’s book Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry, he is a featured speaker along with many others.  Their vision: “Promoting unity and diversity in the local church throughout the city, across lines of race, class, and culture; advancing the common good and […]

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After Charlottesville: Doing our hate homework

God is love and we, as Christians, are known by it (First John 4.16).  It is God’s character and our expected response for we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4.15).  It is the principle identifier, proof that we are not only in a relationship with but related to God—not abilities, culture, education, gifts, social […]

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The Church needs an epistle on race

“Christianity has been almost sentimental in its efforts to deal with hatred in human life.  It has sought to get read of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments.  It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of the people […]

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Segregated Sundays: Genuine Community

Cross- cultural, multicultural, multiethnic or intercultural, whichever is your church’s claim to inclusivity, please be sure that your invitation is sincere, that your congregation understands what these words means and what they mean for the congregation.  It’s about relationship and how we relate to persons across cultures not just during Sunday morning worship but throughout the week.  Because […]

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Segregated Sundays: A Conversation on Race and the Church

Why does the Church of the God “who so loved the world” struggle with embracing a multicultural, multiethnic community (John 3.16)?  Why does the church of the Christ who commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and who commissioned us to “go and make disciples of all nations” often confine the good news of the […]

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