Mike, a beloved African-American member of our church, values the biblical counsel that our church provides for his life and marriage. However, he periodically struggles to receive the soul-care I provide because of what my whiteness represents to many black image-bearers here in the south. The honest tension that Mike and I periodically experience in our walk together creates a unique challenge that an increasing number of white biblical counselors are going to face as the Southern Baptist Convention progressively removes the stain of racism from the fabric of our most influential churches and institutions. Continue reading
Racial tensions are a global challenge. Beyond cursing the darkness the church must model an alternative. As biblical counselors, we must collaboratively create paths to loving communities within diverse global contexts torn by dysfunction. Continue reading
By God’s grace, evangelicals are starting to engage ethnic divisions in the church with greater intentionality. White evangelicals who’ve managed to avoid racial anxiety that many blacks have experienced for generations are beginning to feel its visceral impact in increasing waves. As Pastor Bret Fuller notes, “Every few months, there seems to be a local event that awakens our national conscience to the fact that black and white folks still have a journey to complete.” The journey of which Fuller speaks is one that numerous believers have been legitimately trying to pursue in recent years and, to be completely honest, this path has been more difficult than many of us ever imagined. Continue reading
A white Crossroads Bible College alumnus started a conversation on Facebook seeking to understand the racial divide. After a few days he decided to close the conversation. Some, many of whom were Christians, could not engage in an edifying conversation.
We are living in a very divisive time. It is a time when Christian compassion, especially within the body of Christ, must provide the needed environment to soften and unite hearts! Continue reading
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2016, it would be instructive for all of us to ponder the historical predecessors who influenced Dr. King and the modern Civil Rights Movement. Continue reading