Results tagged “ethnic diversity” from Reformation21 Blog

Ethnic Inclusion, Gender Roles and the Diaconate

Article by   April 2017
In recent years, two ecclesiological issues have come to overshadow almost all others--namely, racial reconciliation and the role of women in the church. There is no shortage of Biblical and historical teaching on these issues, but a serious consideration... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 5)

Article by   December 2014
In parts 1-4, I briefly highlighted some of my thoughts regarding liturgy, music, and the inclusion of more minorities (or more specifically, African-Americans) in our churches. I am going to take a slight detour in this fifth segment, a detour... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 4)

Article by   December 2014
Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church, in Richmond, VA, celebrated its ninth Sunday on December 21, 2014. Time seems to be moving quite quickly. Before you know it, if the Lord wills, we will have finished our series through the book... continue

#FergusonDecision: 3 Don'ts of Ethnic/Cultural Dialogue

Article by   November 2014
Various social media websites and the news outlets are still ablaze after the #FergusonDecision. While I am concerned about how the world is reacting, both positively and negatively, I am also concerned about how the Church is responding. As I... continue

#FergusonDecision and the Lord's Supper: A Plea to African-Americans

Article by   November 2014
According to some sources, Officer Darren Wilson could have been indicted with one of several crimes (e.g., first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or others) for killing an unarmed African-American young man. Many around the world were quite... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 3)

Article by   September 2014
In parts 1 and 2, I suggested that liturgy does not necessarily keep minorities away from our Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Following our examination of the liturgy, I wanted to pose another question:What about music?The so-called worship wars, as I... continue

A Little Black Boy's Question

Article by   August 2014
I recently heard a story that both grieves my heart and provides a glimmer of hope. The story was conveyed to me by a retired public school principal. For the sake of this post, let's call him, Jack. Jack is... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 2)

Article by   July 2014
"Our call to worship comes from...", "If you have confessed your sins, I declare to you...", and "The Lord bless you and keep you" are statements frequently found on Lord's Day worship at Reformed and Presbyterian churches. Are these things... continue

Does Liturgy or Music Keep Minorities Away from Our Church? (Part 1)

Article by   July 2014
"Let's face it. It's music that keeps minorities out of our church," said a PCA layman during the question and answer section of my Sunday school class. I have heard many comments like this. Perhaps you have also. Is it... continue

White Faces: It's What I See

Article by   June 2014
I plead with you to help. In my opinion it is a matter for which we must fight. If we do not, things will remain the same. Do not get me wrong, consistency is good, but not in this case.White... continue

Donald Sterling's Racist Remarks?

Article by   April 2014
Much is being said about Donald Sterling's alleged racist remarks. From the landslide of articles written, Facebook and Twitter posts, the verdict seems clear. He made racist comments. While I would love to weigh in on the controversy, I cannot.... continue

Walking On Eggshells: Five More Things On Ethnicity and Culture

Article by   March 2014
My last post caused no little disturbance. It seems to me that anytime ethnicity and culture are mentioned in reformed circles, there is a mixture of responses ranging from anger to gratitude. Amid the responses, a brother in the Lord... continue

Five Offensive Statements/Actions: What White People Say and Do

Article by   March 2014
Reformation 21 exists for the purposes of, "Encouraging biblical thinking, living, worship, ministry, and constructive cultural engagement." I desire to engage the latter in this post. To be clear, I am not playing the race card nor am I claiming... continue

Possible Reasons Why Churches Don't Pursue Being Cross-Cultural

Article by   January 2014
Pastor Randy Nabors, in a blog dated January 3, 2014, provided a list of possible reasons why churches do not pursue being cross-cultural. Some of the reasons may shock you. Others may be obvious. Some you may have never considered.Number... continue

The Transracial Implications of the Gospel

Article by   January 2014
Dr. Dan Wallace writes, "...we can see that it is crucial -- because it is an essential part of the gospel -- that race should never be a roadblock to the fullest fellowship that Christians can have. In 1963, Martin... continue

Is This Possible?

Article by   January 2014
Here, signs above the water fountains said, "For Colored Only." Certain parks, restaurants, and swimming pools prohibited all but its white guests. Distant past? No. As recently as 1960, ethnic integration on public transportation was still questionable. Home to the Manchester... continue

An Interview About Ethnic/Race Issues in Our Churches

Article by   January 2014
I can assure you that ethnic/race issues will not be the only, perhaps even primary, area about which I write. (Take a deep breath). I am passionate about many other things (e.g., the gospel, my family, the church I pastor,... continue

Yellow on the Outside, White on the Inside

Article by   December 2013
What is yellow on the outside but white on the inside? If you guessed a "banana," though the inside appears more cream than white, you would be close. The answer is, a twinkie. Have you eaten one? They are fairly... continue

Listen Up White America

Article by   December 2013
TMZ online (I did not post the link because some images may be inappropriate) recently published an article titled, "Chuck D: Listen Up White America...We Ain't Ni**as.'" Chuck D, if you are unfamiliar, is a rap artist who had his... continue
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