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A Necessary Read: Jemar Tisby and The Color of Compromise

“If the white man has inflicted the wound of racism upon black men, the cost has been that he would receive the mirror image of that wound into himself. As the master, or as a member of the dominant race, he has felt little compulsion to acknowledge or speak of it; the more painful it has grown the more deeply he has hidden it within himself. But the wound is there, and is a profound disorder, as great a damage in his mind as it is in his society.” —Wendell Berry, The Hidden Wound
Several years ago, I’d taken a group of young adults from our church to Ghana for our annual tradition of The Summer Mission Trip(TM).…
Culture

Preventing the #MeToo Pain of Children

I’m bearing witness to the #MeToo pain of a seven- or eight-year-old Latino boy whom I saw for a few seconds in a hotel parking lot. Unable to intervene or report, I’m telling his story and asking for action in…
Formation

Dear Church: Your Mission Isn’t to Attract Millennials

A common refrain I hear particularly in American, “seeker-friendly” church staff meetings is, “How can we attract millennials and young families?” I know this is common because I’ve heard it while serving on three different American, “seeker-friendly” church staffs, and…
Theology

Have We Made Bible Study Too Simple?

I couldn’t believe my ears. I sat at the table with someone who was trying to explain their understanding of a few New Testament passages. They asked me how I understood them, and as I shared how I looked at…
Witness

From Mundane Ministry to the Presence of God

I’ve been in the church my entire life—35 years and counting—mostly within the particular subculture of American evangelicalism. I’ve come to realize that so many Western churches are fighting an uphill battle against the cultural catechesis of distraction that we’ll…
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