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New 9Marks Journal: Multi-ethnic Churches
RACISM AND RACIAL RECONCILIATION
There are few responses to hurting more hurtful than silence.
In order to understand what gospel-grounded racial reconciliation is and what it means for the church, we need a better understanding of race.
Find freedom from anxiety and fear, and celebrate the unifying, favoritism-destroying power of the gospel.
Christians should be both colorblind and color-conscious. Why? Because that’s what God is like.
It’s not magic, it’s discipleship.
The race conversation is so hard, but shouldn’t our churches be the first places on the planet where we talk about these things, and listen to one another?
Does the Bible support homogeneity? Or does Scripture set forth a different vision for the local church?
Robust truth will keep churches and friendships together amid their diversity, whereas lowest-common-denominator theology promotes strife and feebleness.
Can you manufacture a multi-ethnic church programmatically, pragmatically, or consumeristically?
Here are 7 suggestions for pastors so that they might shepherd God’s flock more faithfully in light of the diversity of his sheep.
Many say, “The ‘white Western gospel’ needs to be adjusted, or it will become obsolete.” Can this possibly be true?
Once one understands the place of the local church in God’s eternal plan, it’s worth re-thinking both ethnic-language church planting and ethnic-language ministry in general.
THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF MULTI-ETHNICITY
The joys and the challenges of pastoring a multi-ethnic congregation are mostly two sides of the same coin.
These aren’t true for every white church or for every black person, but the hope is that they lead to graceful and authentic conversation, to prayer, to action, and to joy in our Lord.
There is no singular Asian-American experience. But for many, navigating the differences between their two cultures brings about difficulty—even in the church.
How can a church with a particular ethnic identity strive to become more multiethnic? Here are eight principles to consider.
Bryan Loritts has written an engaging “leadership fable” that helps church leaders consider how to be more sensitive to ethnic realities so that they can better care for their churches.
In this book, Thabiti Anyabwile diagnoses the state of the Black church and prescribes medicine from the Scriptures
Though it leaves much to be desired in terms of theological depth, United By Faith is a very welcomed contribution and a worthy read, particularly for American Christians.
This is a wise, clear, and faithful treatment of racial ethnicity and biblical Christianity that should be read widely.