Around the Web–3/27

Photo Credit: gettyimages
Photo Credit: gettyimages

Interesting and provocative picks from around the web…

School of Roses 
You may have heard of Christian Hip-Hop, but how about a Christian take on R&B?  Christon Gray’s new album, “School of Roses”, is like Billy Dee Williams for your ears.  Suave, stylish and full of soul.  You need to add this brother’s work to your collection.

United: An Interview with Trillia Newbell
We interviewed RAAN board member and newly minted author, Trillia Newbell, about her new book United: Capturing God’s Vision for Diversity, but the most passionate part of the conversation concerned interracial dating and marriage.  You’ll be blessed by Trillia’s book and her words in this podcast.

World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages
I’ve never seen this happen so publicly before.  World Vision, one of the largest Christian non-profit organizations in the world, said earlier in the week that it would hire Christians who were in same-sex marriages.  Then in an unexpected move (likely due to vocal and vehement opposition from theologically conservative evangelicals), World Vision reversed its decision and will not hire couples in same-sex relationship.  Read the full story at Christianity Today.

What are Reasonable Metrics for the Continuation of a Church Plant? 
Over 30 years ago, Pastor Randy Nabors walked into a low-income community of Chattanooga, TN and started to teach Bible study clubs for groups of kids.  Decades later the church he planted from those Bible studies is called New City Fellowship and continues the work of ministering to the city’s poor population.  In this post Pastor Randy challenges ot “change our metrics” when it comes to church planting.  “We will have to support pastors for at least 10 years,” he says.  Maybe his insights will lead not only to new metric, but new believers among “the least of these” in our communities.

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