Part 5 in a continuing series. Links to previous posts include: Introduction: “Fighting Racism with the Gospel” Part 1: “Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry“ Part 2: “Ending Racism with Counter-Cultural Gospel Ministry: Part 2“ Part 3: “Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church: Part 3“ Part 4: “Six Core Values for Multi-Ethnic Ministry” Becoming intentional in reaching … More Growing Pains in Multi-ethnic Ministry
Part 3 Third in a series of posts on multi-ethnic ministry and its contribution to ending racism. Each day this week. I am excerpting portions of an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY (Moody Press, 2009). Dr. Fuder had been approached by Moody … More Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church
Saturday Musings Settlers or Sojourners? is the fifth and also the second shortest book that I have written. But it has a long history. About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak at a symposium on multi-ethnic ministry. The church I was pastoring at the time had been a pioneer in multi-ethnic ministry in … More 23 countries of Birth in One Church
It is a BLOOD-OF-JESUS Issue As a pastor committed to racial-reconciliation, justice, compassion, the cross of Christ and the gospel, it is CRAZY that the title of this post is even necessary. Unfortunately, such is the state of thinking about the gospel in the American church. There is a “hole in our gospel” as one writer has … More John Piper on Why We Should Care about the Issues Surrounding Ferguson, MO
Weekend Musings Twenty years ago when I came out of California to Illinois to plant a “multi-ethnic” church most people thought I was crazy. I wasn’t. New Song Church and the other churches we have planted are miracles and God is glorified. Update: If you are working in a multi-ethnic area, this is one of … More I Can’t Wait to Read this Book!
Thursday is for Discipleship Part 1 Emphasis on Justice and City-Transformation is Not Enough Part 2 Below The difference between outreach and evangelism is essentially this—outreach will almost universally get you pats on the back while evangelism will eventually get you persecuted. (see yesterday’s post) This is precisely why most people don’t do evangelism. They … More Why We Love Outreach and Hate Evangelism
Monday Discussion Holistic ministry to the whole person and with an emphasis on justice and cultural transformation is not only the biblical pattern but it is a culturally relevant way to speak to those outside the church in post-modern America. “Involvement in social justice issues may cut the negative perspective on the church in half … More Emphasis on Justice and City-Transformation is Not Enough