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I never heard a sermon that referenced race while growing up in church.  What does race have to do with people coming to know Jesus, anyway?  Or what does it have to do with the Bible?

When I talk about race in sermons at Crossroads, I think these are thoughts that go through the minds of some.  Is church really the place to talk about race? The Bible does lob us a softball on the race topic in Revelation 7:9 when describing what heaven will be like: After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. So with that verse in mind, one ought to feel comfortable talking about race in church and not feel as is they are speaking on something the Bible doesn’t touch on.  If we are to bring heaven to earth (Matthew 6:10), wouldn’t we want to see people of all races worshiping together in our churches today?

But outside of this very direct, one-time reference, I’ve noticed something very compelling about the Bible and that is that the entire New Testament is written from a context where race, racism and racial division were huge society-shaping influences Continue Reading…

We began a sermon series in 1 Corinthians a couple of weeks ago.  Week 1 on the first chapter went off fine.  I talked about how the church at Corinth was a squabbling, quarreling church and that Paul was writing this letter to them to teach them to be united Christ and to get along in love.  The root of their problem is described in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 where they are arguing over which person to follow, rather than comparing these people to Christ and realizing that Christ is who they needed to be united around, not this influential leader or that one.  The command given to them is not to boast that their way is best, but to boast in Christ.

After some jokes about churches splitting over the color of the carpet, the sermon went off fine and I think the purpose and message of the chapter was communicated effectively.

As Tuesday came and my work week began Continue Reading…