Ep18: Racial Reconciliation (Part 2)

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A conversation with Ubi Ntewo on racial reconciliation

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Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation

by Mark Vroegop

Gospel unity creates racial harmony.

However, Martin Luther King Jr. once said that the most segregated hour in America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning. Equipped with the gospel, the church should be the catalyst for reconciliation, yet it continues to ignore immense pain and division.

In an effort to bridge the canyon of misunderstanding, insensitivity, and hurt, Mark Vroegop writes about the practice of lament, which he defines as “the biblical language of empathy and exile, perseverance and protest.” Encouraging you to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15), Vroegop invites you to mourn with him over the brokenness that has caused division and to use lament to begin the journey toward a diverse and united church.

United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity

by Trillia J. Newbell

What’s the view from where you worship—racially diverse or racially monochrome?  On the Last Day every tongue and tribe will be represented in the glorious chorus praising God with one voice. Yet today our churches remain segregated. Can we reflect the beauty of the last day this day?  United will inspire, challenge, and encourage readers to pursue the joys of diversity through stories of the author’s own journey and a theology of diversity lived out.

It’s time to capture a glimpse of God’s magnificent creativity. In the pages of United, Trillia Newbell reveals the deeply moving, transforming power of knowing—really knowing—someone who is equal yet unique. As we learn to identify in Christ rather than in our commonalities, we begin to experience the depth and power of gospel unity.

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A Misplaced Priority: A Biblical Vision of Followership and Its Preeminence

by Ubong “Ubi” Ntewo

In a culture where followership is at best ignored and at worst despised, how does one learn to follow? Or muster the desire and strength to follow? In a society where leadership is intensely coveted and used to measure one’s worth and value, the virtue of followership is perceived as a vice and weakness. Parents tell their children to lead and not follow. Organizations and businesses determine eligibility on the basis of the leadership qualities possessed by their desperate candidates. Institutions of learning offer degrees and certifications courses at the highest levels on leadership. Meanwhile, followership is not even considered a discipline or skill. Yet God rest his eternal and glorious promises on the mandate to follow Jesus. God’s actions demand that we give serious attention to understanding the nature of followership and its importance for the flourishing of the church, the Christian and society at large. A Misplaced Priority seeks to serves as a starter guide to a scriptural exploration of the nature and importance of followership.

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