Archive for October, 2006

“The Gospel has no permanent resident culture.”

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I got the above quote from the newly published Africa Bible Commentary. It’s a commentary on the Bible written by 70 Christian African Scholars in Africa, and is probably a must have until Jesus comes back.  Click on the image to read more about it.

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Emerging Monoculturalism?

So I don’t mean to be a watchdog or some left-leaning activist (nothing personal to those of you who are!), but I think this entry is pretty important. Over the last few months, I have been noticing the increasing lack of multiculturalism in the majority of the up-and-coming generation of churches and Christians in the US. At least in what gets the limelight. Consider the following:

Christianity Today, the leading Christian magazine in the US, in its latest issue interviewed 11 pastors to discuss what the next 50 years looked like for the church in the US. They did this in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Amazingly, the pastors interviewed were all white! Strange (alarming?), especially in light of some of the events of the last 50 years (e.g.- the civil rights movement, the shift of the Christian center from West to East/South, the increasing diversity of the US, etc.).

– The mainstream leadership conferences for the next generation of church leaders typically feature an all white panel of speakers, with maybe one token black guy. Seriously. For example:

Catalyst Conferences

The 2006 Reform/Resurge Conference

The National Pastor’s Conference (they got better this year- see the website. Last year, though… yikes)

I hope I’m not being judgmental/divisive/arrogant about it, but I do believe it’s something we need to be aware of and help change. I’ve been writing letters to various organizations (including some of the above) to express my concerns- maybe that’s something more of us need to do.

In the meantime, I’d like to see if anyone out there is interested in forming a network of multiculturally minded emerging Christian leaders. If so, let me know.

Oh, and let me know if I’m being offensive here. Part of becoming truly multicultural is talking things through, so let me know.

In any case, God help us.