Is Diversity Just a Cultural Issue?

Racial and ethnic diversity in the church is not simply a cultural issue it’s a gospel issue. I recently wrote about some encouraging signs of racial progress in a Southern Presbyterian church.  While most of the comments were positive, one person raised a concern that I’ve often encountered:  When you talk about race aren’t you … Continue reading Is Diversity Just a Cultural Issue?

A New Southern Presbyterianism?

For some people Southern Presbyterianism and racial reconciliation is oxymoronic.  But the elusive reality of diversity and unity in the church just took a significant step forward. I recently participated on a panel about the topic "Christianity and Race" at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi.  The church has over 2,500 members, is the largest … Continue reading A New Southern Presbyterianism?

Upcoming Book- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is a name you should know.  This woman of God is a prolific blogger, a burgeoning conference speaker, and now she's an author.  Her forthcoming book, United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity, combines Trillia's touching personal story with timeless biblical truth.  In it she conveys her heart for a more racially and ethnically … Continue reading Upcoming Book- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell

Sen. John McCain’s Son Marries a Black Woman

One day seeing inter-racial couples won't be a big deal.  But considering the racial ruckus that a Cheerios commercial featuring an mixed family caused, we aren't there yet.  So, it's timely that Jack McCain, Sen. John McClain's son, and his new wife, Renee Swift, became the nation's most recent high-profile inter-racial married couple. According to … Continue reading Sen. John McCain’s Son Marries a Black Woman

Cheerios, the Church, and Diversity

I posted an article called "Cheerios, the Church, and Diversity" reflecting on the racist reactions sparked by a commercial for the popular cereal brand.   Here's an excerpt from the article originally posted on the RAANetwork blog. --------- Who would have thought a Cheerios commercial could spark racial rage? A recently released ad for the classic American cereal featured a … Continue reading Cheerios, the Church, and Diversity