Faith in the Voting Booth?

June 30, 2016 ...

While disagreements on the issues are expected, and indeed helpful in stimulating debate, policy differences have not been the center of attention in this year’s campaigns. Rather, the campaigns have highlighted the character flaws of the opposing candidates. In turn, some candidates’ appeals to fear, anger, and prejudice have tested the character of the voters. …

The United States of Minorities

June 27, 2016 ...

By 2044 there will be no majority race in America. In 28 years whites are estimated to make up 49.7 percent of the population, Hispanics 25 percent, blacks 12.7 percent, Asians 3.7 percent and another 3.7 percent will be multiracial. The all-minorities make-up of the future has already arrived in 266 U.S. counties that are …

On Politics

June 27, 2016 ...

Joshua now leads a consulting firm, Values Partnerships, which creates community and faith-based partnerships for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is a frequent media commentator and has authored four cover stories for Newsweek magazine. A former associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Joshua originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee. He …

Reflections From Repenting

June 27, 2016 ...

They had good reason to do this. For 35 years, our mission at McLean Bible Church has been to get the gospel message to every person in the D.C. area. However, I was determined to do it alone. One church, by itself, trying to achieve such a goal. I know it sounds crazy, but that …

Black and White Race in American Denominations

June 20, 2016 ...

With the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, many claimed we were entering an era of a post-racial, multi-ethnic society. Events after the president’s election have tempered this sentiment. This country has a complicated relationship to race and ethnicity, and this is especially true for black and white relationships and for Christianity in America. …

A Prophetic Journey

June 20, 2016 ...

We had been traveling in England for three weeks with a group of African American seminarians and church leaders. It was exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure. We lectured on issues pertaining to the black church in classrooms, preached in churches, dialogued with police, gave radio interviews, talked with civic and community leaders — all …

Engaging the Elections at Church

June 15, 2016 ...

When Christians gather for worship on Sundays or for Bible study and fellowship during the week, the political messages they hear are likely to echo in their minds. How should pastors lead their flocks during this time? One viable option is to say nothing at all about politics. The Church’s central task is to make …

Are Multi-ethnic Churches the Only Way?

June 15, 2016 ...

Let’s examine our Lord’s Great Commission. In the midst of an impromptu worship service, Jesus calls his Jewish disciples to go — or more literally “as you are going” — and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). He is speaking to all Jews, and the “nations” are the ethnic groups of the world (i.e., …

Top 8 Things to Consider When Voting

June 1, 2016 ...

1. Start with God not cable news 2. Check the Bible — it says a lot about money, poverty, refugees and government 3. Think long term — like what counts in heaven not just this November 4. Be civil whether you agree or disagree 5. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet or hear …

Seminary Significance

April 21, 2016 ...

It seemed to me that going to college and possibly to graduate school was too much work, too much money, and a waste of too much time while living in a world that needed Jesus. I figured I could invest my life better in a community rather than on a campus. My father wrote back, …