Archive for June 2013

Coincidence? I hope so.

Coincidence?  I hope so. We now witness a countless number of predominantly white young professionals moving to and planting roots in urban areas.  We also witness a record number of church plants by Protestant, white, young professionals in urban areas. At the same time, we witness the movement of many upwardly mobile African Americans to…

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Strategies for Planning Multicultural Worship Services

As a community seeking to embrace God’s mission of a church with representatives from every tribe and nation, how do we go about planning a worship service or liturgy which affirms our Triune God’s gift of diversity. As a pastor who once planted an intentionally multiethnic congregation and now as the Affiliate Professor of Worship…

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Pastors: Power Made Perfect In Weakness

In just about every age Christ’s ministers have their crises – unpredictable in advance, devastating when the strike. Let me sweep swiftly through seven areas that specify today’s crisis of the ordained ministry. 1.    Criticism. In our immigrant congregations the pastor was the expert in all areas from pulpit to politics. In mid-twentieth century the…

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