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 …

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., …

How is the Church Doing in America?

March 29, 2016 ...

Turn your head to Charleston, South Carolina, to see the Church as God’s best in the worst of times. CNN reported that Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is “the spiritual community that wowed the world with its forgiveness in the face of the darkest evil.” After a white shooter killed nine Christians, including the pastor, …

Theology of Race

March 15, 2016 ...

We talk about race a lot in the United States. Whether it’s the growing population of Asian Americans, trends in Latino immigration, or racial unrest in metropolitan cities, race plays a major role in the American experience. As evangelicals, we want to start with the Bible. In this podcast, you’ll hear from a respected pastor …

Defining Evangelicals in an Election Year

March 2, 2016 ...

Researchers have asked evangelicals what they think about same-sex marriage, science, the death penalty, immigration, and, especially, whom they plan to vote for in the upcoming election. That’s understandable. Americans who identify as white evangelicals remain a powerful voting bloc in the United States — representing 1 out of every 5 voters in recent presidential …

Churches Talk About Race Relations

August 1, 2014 ...

Seventy-one percent of the evangelical leaders surveyed said their churches have discussed the need for racial reconciliation from the pulpit, in seminars or in courses, according to the August Evangelical Leaders Survey. “The survey shows that evangelicals care about racial reconciliation,” said Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals. “Most have addressed the …

The Church’s Responsibility to Prisoners

January 1, 1997 ...

We therefore affirm the Church’s need to share the gospel with those in prison, to support and encourage, and be supported and encouraged by believers who are the “church-behind-the-walls,” and to support and encourage families impacted by incarceration and ex-prisoners as they complete their incarceration and re-enter society. NAE acknowledges that the people of God, …

Racism

January 1, 1991 ...

However, beyond these public pronouncements, the evangelical community needs to do substantially more to address the insidious sin of racism. Recent distressing manifestations of racism in our nation should be of deep concern to all who are committed to the gospel of Christ, which transcends barriers of race and social class (1 Corinthians 12:13). Failure …