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John Piper

John Piper takes us back to a time that many see as the golden years in our country’s history. It is the 1950s, before when many believe that our country lost its Christian moorings to the social chaos of the 1960s. But that is not how John remembers that time. Piper sees the 1950s very …

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Slowing Down and Finding Rhythm

2020 will be remembered as the year when everything was disrupted. Church was disrupted – we are meeting in the afternoons in a different church’s parking lot under a tent. School has been disrupted with many children attending classes online. Jobs have been lost, furloughed, and many more are now working from home. At the …

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How Can We Sing?

A group of shell-shocked refugees stood in the midst of an unending plain under the hot scorching Babylonian sun. Their homes were piles of ash hundreds of miles to the West. Their temple, the center of their worship, was a pile of rubble.  Then one of the refugees began to sing a mournful tune: Psalm …

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John Gray and Stephen Furtick

Conversations about race are even more terrifying than talking about politics. They are fraught with emotion. There is the fear of being misunderstood. So we say nothing and over the years the church has largely been silent. The result is that we live in a country where our churches are segregated on Sunday and violence …

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Peter Scazzero

Peter Scazzero pastors a church in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States. For this church, the challenge of racial reconciliation extends beyond the black-white divide to include Jews and Palestinians, Dominicans and Haitians, Koreans and Japanese, and Turks and Armenians. All of these ethnic conflicts exist within Pastor Scazzero’s church …

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Latasha Morrison

The church is the first international, inter-racial family in the history of the world. This is not just a future heavenly ideal, this is a present earthly reality. This is the truth that animates Latasha Morrison, a woman who has dedicated her life to seeing racial reconciliation happen in the American church.  She sees two …

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Listening Across Racial Lines

Back in November 2019, a reporter gathered a group of white and African-American evangelical Christians at the Aaron Lake Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina to have a discussion. The group largely agreed on issues of theology and social issues such as abortion, but when the conversation turned to race relations, the president, and politics, …

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John M. Perkins

“If I get out of this jail alive, I want to preach a gospel strong enough to destroy this madness and hatred.” These are the words of John M. Perkins, civil rights hero and one of the most important American Christians in the last one hundred years.  John uttered these words as he mopped up …

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What is Justice

There has been a lot of talk about justice and social justice in the midst of racial protests that have swept our country. I think the one thing we can all agree on is that we don’t agree on the meaning of justice. For some, justice is simply equal treatment under the law. Each person …

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Gospel Meditation Example

Last week, I wrote about a spiritual practice called “Gospel Meditation”. This week, I thought I would include an example of a gospel meditation that I did a few weeks ago. It is one thing to describe something, it is sometimes clearer to demonstrate it. I begin with prayer: “Father, help me encounter Jesus Christ …

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Gospel Meditation

The difference between knowing about God and knowing God is transformation. If simply collecting information about God changed us, then James would not have written:  James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder. Satan and his demons certainly have amassed information about God, but they …

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Fasting

There is a dramatic scene at the end of the book of Jonah where an entire city, the city of Nineveh, is confronted with the news that God is about to destroy them.  How do they respond to impending judgment? They declare a fast. The king decrees that no one, not even their animals, is …

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