On Wednesday, Dr. Ken Hutcherson, founding pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA, passed through the gates of glory after a more than ten year battle with cancer. What you may not know is that Ken played a major role in the formation of the vision, and ultimately the church that Linda and I planted in 2001: the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas.
Here's just part of the story, excerpted from my book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church.
It was the spring of 1993, and I had two options. After ten years of full-time ministry as a youth pastor, two dynamic churches had each invited me to join their staff teams to oversee student ministries. more >>
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Megyn Kelly is a popular personality on Fox News. In a recent segment, Kelly took up her sword to challenge a Slate.com writer, Aisha Harris's assertion that Santa Claus should no longer be white. Harris calls for a complete makeover: make Santa a penguin (since penguins are black and white?)
Kelly countered with "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white." more >>
An African-American high school student in New Mexico was left distraught after a teacher told him he can't dress up as Santa Claus because Santa is white. School officials have apologized and called it a "stupid mistake."
"This situation involves a teacher recently hired by Cleveland High who made – and admits he made – a stupid mistake," said Kim Vesely, the director of Rio Rancho Public Schools, in a statement. "The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student's parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken."
The incident at Cleveland High School concerning freshman Christopher Rougier reportedly occurred last week during a school holiday dress-up day, according to CNN affiliate KOAT. His father, Michael, revealed that his son was "embarrassed" by the situation and now doesn't want anything to do with Christmas. more >>
In recent days controversy has arisen regarding the racial identity of Jesus Christ courtesy of remarks made by Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Kelly declared on the cable news channel that Jesus was white, spurring much debate and controversy online and offline.
Craig Mitchell of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that the historical Jesus was likely not white. more >>
Bestselling author Reza Aslan, who wrote the controversial Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has argued that the historical Jesus would have looked like an average Palestinian, countering arguments by Fox News host Megyn Kelly who declared on her Wednesday evening show that "Jesus was a white man."
"Well, what we know about him is that he was Galilean. As a Galilean, he would have been what is referred to as a Palestinian Jew. He would look the way that the average Palestinian would look today," Aslan said in a Washington Post article.
"So that would mean dark features, hairy, probably a longer nose, black hair." more >>
In the United States of America, whenever a cause wants to garner national awareness, it often attempts to do so by staging an event in Washington, DC.
Indeed, one of the many hazards of driving in the District of Columbia is simply never knowing when a road will be blocked off so that a large group of people with signs, flags, and chants can cross.
Although plenty of protests, rallies, and demonstrations have seen immense success, getting a certain number of people at a given place for a given event is never guaranteed. more >>