After being branded as possibly the most racist preacher in America because of his opposition to interracial relationships, Bro. Donny Reagan of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Johnson City, Tenn., is apologizing to anyone who may have been offended by his message.
"If I offended you, I'm sorry and I'm asking you to forgive me," said Reagan in response to critics of his viral 2013 message in which he railed against interracial relationships that was posted on YouTube Tuesday.
Reagan explained that even though he doesn't believe in interracial relationships, he isn't a racist. more >>
President Obama is launching a new initiative to help young men of color. It's called My Brother's Keeper.
The President told Charles Barkley in a television interview last night that he wants create special educational, mentorship and apprenticeship programs – for a specific segment of the population.
"We're going to pull together private philanthropies, foundations working with governors, mayors non-profits and we're going to focus on young men of color and find ways in which to create more pathways to success for them," the president told Barkley. more >>
Is Donny Reagan of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ the most racist pastor in the United States?
After viewing a YouTube clip of Reagan railing against interracial marriage and "hybreed" [hybrid] children in a sermon recorded in 2013, the American Jesus blog concluded that if he isn't, he is most certainly in the top 10.
"If he's not the most racist pastor in America, then he's at least got to crack the top 10 list," noted the blog of the Johnson City, Tenn., pastor. more >>
For more than twelve years I have been helping others to see what has long been overlooked, otherwise missed, or outright ignored in the New Testament: namely, the biblical mandate of the multi-ethnic church as envisioned by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23), described by Luke (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1), and prescribed by the Apostle Paul throughout his writings, most specifically in Romans and Ephesians. Needless to say such teaching, though exegetically sound, is not readily embraced by an Evangelical establishment more enamored by size and growth than with diversity and holistic community engagement.
Nevertheless since the Mosaix Global Network's first national conference in 2010, attitudes have markedly changed. Receptivity to the multi-ethnic church is up across the board; throughout denominations, networks, and conferences, alike. Likewise, an increasing array of local and national influencers is speaking up encouraging biblical diversity in the local church for the sake of the Gospel. The number of practitioners is growing, too, due to intentional multi-ethnic church planting as well as through the transition of healthy but otherwise homogeneous churches. In fact today, according to the latest research, 13.7% of churches throughout the United States have at least 20% diversity in their attending membership (up from just 7.5% in 2000). Beyond this, 14.4% of Protestant Evangelical churches have now reached this marker.
That said, I am sometimes asked: "If this mandate is so clear in Scripture, how has it been so missed throughout history? In other words, who else in the past has shared a similar message or understanding?" more >>
A group of Christian bloggers is partnering with South African-based organizations and local churches to raise $150,000 to build a community center in the city of Muabane that will benefit adults and orphans in need of food security and employment opportunities.
Lisa Jo-Baker, a Virginia-based mother and blogger considers herself the storyteller of the initiative and hopes to rally moms with the same heartfelt need to help raise the funds between Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
"It's a terrifying amount! There's no way I could possibly accomplish it myself. But as scared as I get and as much as I wanted to hide from this call, I felt certain that I heard God's quiet challenge to me and it sounded a lot like Him saying, 'I dare you to lose face.' So I'm all in," said Baker to The Christian Post. more >>
A person's race is not fixed but can change over time, research shows.
Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Aliya Saperstein, assistant professor of sociology at Stanford University, found that the race of about one in five of those surveyed had at least one change in their race.
Saperstein spoke with National Public Radio about her research for a segment that aired Tuesday morning. more >>