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 >>
Popular Calvinist Baptist preacher and author John Piper says one of the biggest reasons some preachers avoid preaching racial harmony from the pulpit is the fear of having to deal with black in-laws.
In a recent discussion about racial harmony with Jemar Tisby of RAA Network, Piper noted what he thinks are the four main reasons why preachers avoid preaching racial harmony from the pulpit and singled out the prospect of interracial relationships as one of the "biggest hindrances" to bring people together in not just the church community but communities in general.
"There are people who just don't have it worked out theologically yet," said Piper in discussing the issue of racial harmony in churches. more >>
The sons of Martin Luther King Jr., acting as representatives of his estate, are suing their sister so that she will hand over the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, which she says her brothers want to sell.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, said during a press conference Thursday that her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, want to sell the Bible and medal despite her belief that her father would not have wanted them to do so, according to video posted to the USA Today website.
"I take this strong position for my father, because daddy is not here to say himself, 'My Bible and my medals are never to be sold,'" she said. more >>