Mosaix Blogs Full http://feed.informer.com/digests/LIX0YUF5O5/feeder Mosaix Blogs Full Respective post owners and feed distributors Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:51:13 -0500 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ A few quick thoughts on success https://danhyun.com/2019/10/14/a-few-quick-thoughts-on-success/ My Thoughts – Dan Hyun urn:uuid:e3245371-e424-e54e-7312-17d4c06a2374 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:55:53 -0500 Christians often think of “secular” in terms of art &#38; culture but one of the ways we are most secular is in our understanding of success. A&#8230; <span class="read-more"><a class="more-link" href="https://danhyun.com/2019/10/14/a-few-quick-thoughts-on-success/" rel="bookmark">Read more <span class="screen-reader-text">"A few quick thoughts on&#160;success"</span></a></span> <ul> <li>Christians often think of “secular” in terms of art &amp; culture but one of the ways we are most secular is in our understanding of success.</li> <li>A Kingdom-oriented life means that success can be measured by what and who comes behind us. Success is laying the foundation for those coming behind us to do even greater things that us.</li> <li>Success can be faithfully &amp; anonymously toiling for the harvest, even if you are not the one who ultimately gets the credit for bringing it in.</li> <li>Cultural factors have to be taken into consideration when gauging success. What may be overlooked or dismissed in some contexts should be rightly celebrated in others as highly successful.</li> <li>In a narcissistic society, sacrifice for the benefit of those coming behind you is a means of God’s sanctification. It’s a merciful reminder that it’s not all about us. The fruit of those coming behind us will require a sacrificial death to ourselves and point us to our Savior.</li> </ul> On Being a Late Bloomer https://danhyun.com/2019/10/10/on-being-a-late-bloomer/ My Thoughts – Dan Hyun urn:uuid:79864f4e-fd17-50c4-3007-82da21f06cbb Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:52:08 -0500 A few years back I was honored with an alumni pastor award from my seminary. I recall feeling really humbled. When you witness moments like that in&#8230; <span class="read-more"><a class="more-link" href="https://danhyun.com/2019/10/10/on-being-a-late-bloomer/" rel="bookmark">Read more <span class="screen-reader-text">"On Being a Late&#160;Bloomer"</span></a></span> <p><img data-attachment-id="621" data-permalink="https://danhyun.com/2019/10/10/on-being-a-late-bloomer/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o/" data-orig-file="https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg" data-orig-size="1080,1080" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=775" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-621" src="https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=775" alt="69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o" srcset="https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=775 775w, https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=150 150w, https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=300 300w, https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=768 768w, https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg?w=1024 1024w, https://danhyunblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/69519717_10157601635893829_1565824232921759744_o.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 775px) 100vw, 775px" /></p> <p>A few years back I was honored with an alumni pastor award from my seminary.</p> <p>I recall feeling really humbled. When you witness moments like that in someone else’s journey, you tend to see the “completed” picture in front of you. And for some who were in the audience that day, perhaps they saw someone who had accomplished something.<span class="text_exposed_show"></p> <p>Yet as the one experiencing it, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the twists and turns of the road that got me there.</span><span id="more-619"></span></p> <p><span class="text_exposed_show">I thought of the brokenness that marked so much of my journey. Looking back with the clarity of hindsight, I recognize a person lacking self-awareness. Dysfunction in my relational and family dynamics resulted. Ministry relationships driven by my insecurity were a thorny fruit to eat.</p> <p>Failure wasn’t just what I deserved but it became who I was. Some of my dysfunction manifested outwardly but much of it was internalized in entangled depression, self-loathing, &amp; lack of self-control.</p> <p>What I’m saying is that no one would have pointed at me in those years &amp; declared, “Yup, there’s a leader who’s going to make something of himself.”</p> <p>Yet, here I stand.</p> <p>With God’s grace &amp; mercy, I have taken steps in unearthing much of what sourced my wounds.</p> <p>I’ve also grown more accepting of the good parts of me. Part of that is embracing that I am a late bloomer.</p> <p>What used to be an unrelenting sense of regret at the years I’d wasted is now a growing acknowledgement of God’s sense of timing in letting things develop the way they have.</p> <p>I can be notorious in my high expectations for others but in the temptation of those ungracious moments, God reminds me to be patient as He has been for me throughout my winding path.</p> <p>When I want to write people off, God reminds me that I should have been written off countless times in the past. Yet what He and others have continually and kindly afforded me is the time to grow into me.</p> <p>Knowing myself with greater self-clarity, if things would have come easier to me than they have, I don’t believe I’d be the leader I am today.</p> <p>I am a late bloomer who believes the best is yet to come.</span></p> Get Internet Service for a New Home Address https://djchuang.com/2019/get-internet-service-for-a-new-home-address/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:72e87854-51ae-70fb-9c09-60a248c63e4b Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:40:01 -0500 <p>Several websites work like a search engine for broadband internet service providers at your home address. One shouldn&#8217;t have to go to every single website provider to check for availability. Here are some free services that make it a little easier; if&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/get-internet-service-for-a-new-home-address/">Get Internet Service for a New Home Address</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=cFGyA79WAzk:hRs1LftFraI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=cFGyA79WAzk:hRs1LftFraI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/cFGyA79WAzk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Joy and Justice Recap: A Celebration of the Black Church and Black Christianity https://thewitnessbcc.com/joy-and-justice-recap-a-celebration-of-the-black-church-and-black-christianity/ The Witness urn:uuid:09e4cbff-8071-7c78-7bbb-7023a8e70b4e Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:10:26 -0500 <p>Black Christians don’t have to leave part of ourselves at the door in an attempt to placate the least culturally-aware white person around us.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com/joy-and-justice-recap-a-celebration-of-the-black-church-and-black-christianity/">Joy and Justice Recap: A Celebration of the Black Church and Black Christianity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com">The Witness</a>.</p> Reparations Are Biblical https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/reparations-are-biblical/ Thabiti Anyabwile Posts – The Gospel Coalition urn:uuid:f36422b3-a642-b1ca-688b-81299f7ae857 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 05:33:38 -0500 <div><img width="300" height="240" src="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-300x240.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="margin-bottom: 15px;" srcset="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-300x240.jpg 300w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-768x615.jpg 768w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_.jpg 851w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></div>A Brief Biblical Case for Reparations from the Book of Ezra <div><img width="300" height="240" src="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-300x240.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="margin-bottom: 15px;" srcset="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-300x240.jpg 300w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_-768x615.jpg 768w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/09185153/gordon_scourged_back_.jpg 851w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></div><p><strong>INTRODUCTION</strong></p> <p>I first heard the word reparations in the late 1980s. Calling for reparations was the typical stock and trade of Afrocentric speakers visiting college campuses in those days. In the 1980s, no one actually thought reparations would ever be taken seriously. The word was hardly ever used beyond those heady revisionist and romantic lectures.</p> <p>Fast forward 30 years and things have changed dramatically. Democratic presidential hopefuls now speak largely as reparations is an obvious policy response to the country’s “original sin” of slavery and exploitation of African Americans. The subject has suddenly reached rushed into primetime national discourse from the “deep six” of unpopular House bills.</p> <p>Over the past couple of years, some Christian writers and speakers have cited reparations as one of the tell-tale signs of “cultural Marxism” and other “godless ideologies” wreaking havoc on the society and entering the church. These opponents declare in sweeping terms that reparations itself is an “injustice” and “unbliblical.”</p> <p>Today I want to continue my series on justice with a defense of reparations.</p> <p><strong>For Clarity’s Sake</strong></p> <p>Before laying out a case for reparations, let me try to state what I mean and what I do not mean.</p> <p>In this post, when I refer to “reparations” I am arguing for a principle rather than a specific policy or program. There are many ways reparations might be enacted, from baby bonds to cash transfers. I am not here addressing those policies or programs. Debating the pros and cons of any proposal is certainly necessary and I assume any policy or program will have both positives and negatives, some of which we would only discover later as the policy is implemented. Weighing all those issues is beyond my knowledge and ability. So I am limiting my concern to the principle.</p> <p>How might we define “reparations” in principle? I would define reparations as “material and social repayment made as acknowledgement and restitution by an offending party to an aggrieved party for wrong(s) done in order to repair the injuries, losses and/or disadvantages caused by the wrong.” Though these are my own words, I have in mind the work of Dr. William “Sandy” Darity at Duke University who argues that reparations should have three aims: (a) acknowledgement of the wrongs done, (b) payment for the wrongs done, and (c) closure for both parties.</p> <p>In any discussion of reparations, it’s necessary to identify the wrongs being addressed. In other words, one has to answer the question, “Reparations for what?” Usually people think immediately of slavery, but as Ta-Nehisi Coates has shown, we could update the case to focus on 20th century housing discrimination and predatory practices. Merely for the purpose of illustration, I will limit my concern here to slavery as practiced from 1619 to 1865. Were this an actual proposal for a program of reparations, I would add much more to the record and request. But my aim is simply to defend the principle and so a commonly accepted period should suffice.</p> <p>One last comment for clarity’s sake. In this post, I’m focusing on the <em>state</em> as the actor owing reparations to African Americans as a class of injured persons. I do that because the state enacted, expanded, and protected laws that empowered citizens to exploit African Americans. The state derived inestimable benefit from those laws both economically and socially.</p> <p><strong>Shared Agreements</strong></p> <p>It’s also important to state some basic areas of agreement among people on all sides of the issue. In general most people agree that:</p> <ol> <li><em><strong>Restitution is biblical</strong></em>. There’s disagreement about whether to emphasize the individual or groups, and whether repayment for the estimated cost in today’s dollars is feasible, but no one I know rejects restitution in principle (Exod. 21-22; Lev. 5; Luke 19:1-10.</li> <li><em><strong>A grievous wrong was done in the American practice of slavery</strong></em>. There are some fringe perspectives that deny slavery was “all that bad” or attempt to argue slavery was “for the African’s good.” But in general, most people think slavery was wrong and a grievous wrong.</li> <li><em><strong>Reparations was owed </strong></em><strong>at some point</strong>. Even many of the opponents of reparations in today’s context will allow that reparations should have been paid to that generation of freed persons following the Civil War. Some would even cite Special Field Order 15 and argue that had it been followed then we would not be in the predicament we are in today. Agreement that reparations was owed breaks down after that generation of African Americans freedmen.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Some Objections</strong></p> <p>As I’ve listened to the discussions and debates, it seems to me that a couple of objections recur. Opponents of reparations argue it is an injustice to:</p> <ol> <li>Make one person/group who committed no crime pay for the crimes of others. Let’s call this the “innocence objection.”</li> <li>Pay to one person/group who were not directly injured by the crime restitution owed to those who “actually suffered.” Let’s cause this the “unharmed objection.”</li> <li>Tax today’s citizens in order to pay for atrocities committed by earlier generations. Let’s call this the “generational tax objection.”</li> </ol> <p>So, as best I understand the objections raised by some Christians, a “biblical case” for reparations would not only have to make claim to restitution (an agreed upon principle) <em>but also demonstrate the fairness or justness of having later generations transfer payment from a group of people who did not commit the injustice to another group of people who did not suffer the injustice at the coercion of the state.</em></p> <p><strong>My Brief Case Drawn from an Historical Incident</strong></p> <p>I might put my brief case in one sentence: <em>If the Lord God himself caused a state head through taxation to require later generations of people who committed no crime to pay monies to their contemporaries who did not suffer the original crime then it cannot be unjust (quite the opposite!) for state actors to do the same today</em>.</p> <p>Where do we see the Lord do this in the scripture?</p> <p>Consider the book of Ezra. The action begins “in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia” (Ezra 1:1). That places us at 539BC when Cyrus the Great came to power. It is 70 years after Babylon captured Israel and took them into captivity. So, already we’re talking about two generations. Please note that everything that happens is so “that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled” (Ezra 1:1). What had God spoken through Jeremiah? Essentially that after 70 years the Lord would return Israel from captivity back to the land (Jer. 29:10-14). One hundred years prior, Isaiah also prophesied that the return would happen at the hand of a pagan ruler named Cyrus (Isa. 45:1). Ezra really records the fulfilling of God’s promise.</p> <p>So two generations after (70 years) the Babylonian defeat by Nebuchadnezzar, an entirely new empire has emerged and a pagan king uninvolved in the sacking of Israel initiates the repatriation and the reparation of Israel. That reparation began with returning the items taken from the house of the Lord when Nebuchadnezzar defeated them (Ezra 1:7-11). This was all by God’s hand.</p> <p>But the story does not end there, of course.</p> <p>Fast forward to Ezra 6. Another 20 years or so have passed since the opening of Ezra 1. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah speak God’s word to Israel. Some Israelites have returned to the land but other waves are yet to arrive. Now King Darius rules the empire. In one historical recounting, the temple is rebuilt in 515BC (an alternative dating would put it much later during the reign of Darius II between 423-404BC). So we’re now about 100 years after the first exiles went into Babylon, about three generations later.</p> <p>What do we see relevant to our discussion of reparations? We see exactly what we&#8217;re told would be injustices in any program of reparations. In Ezra 6:6-12, King Darius—a king who <em>wasn’t even born when Israel was conquered</em> ruling over an empire that <em>wasn’t even in existence when the exile began</em>—passed <em>a law decreeing that taxes be paid by people who did not conquer or abuse Israel to Israelites who themselves were not alive during the Babylonian conquest of Israel</em>.</p> <p>To the three objections cited earlier, God’s word has Darius decree that “The cost [of rebuilding the house of God] is to be paid to these men in full and without delay <em>from the royal revenue, the tribute</em> of the province from Beyond the River” (Ezra 6:8). In other words, Darius, as head of state, compels his citizens through taxes to pay a reparation to Israel even though those citizens did not commit the offense and those Israelites did not directly suffer the offense. What was stolen was returned and then some as the province was commanded to give “whatever is needed” to restore temple worship and offerings “day by day without fail” (v. 9).</p> <p>So it seems to me that the &#8220;innocence,&#8221; &#8220;unharmed&#8221; and &#8220;generational tax&#8221; objections all fail in this historical example. If God, who is just and only does justice, has acted in this way then it cannot be unjust for nation-states to <em>voluntarily</em> repay <em>its own citizens</em> for crimes suffered at its hands&#8211;no matter when the crimes occurred.</p> <p><strong>A Caveat</strong></p> <p>Now, I do not think this historical example requires reparations. I am not here drawing a dark line between the Book of Ezra and current US debates about reparations. I am simply contending for the principle of reparations as just.</p> <p>I simply think the historical case of Israel during the days of Ezra proves that reparations in the case of African American descendants of slaves in the United States is no injustice at all and therefore is quite biblical. If reparations of this sort is an injustice based on the objections above, then those who hold those objections have the unenviable responsibility of showing that God himself is unjust since all that happens in Ezra happens according to God’s premeditated plan.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>If you allow that reparations or restitution is biblical in principle, and if these objections are overcome in Ezra 1-6, then there should be no principled objection to reparations in current discussions. Certainly no principled biblical objections. Reparations is simply the biblical principle of restitution taught throughout scripture applied to the specific history of slavery and the descendants of slaves in America. The principle is solid. The programs and policies require debate.</p> Just Gospel 2020: Pilgrim Politics https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/just-gospel-2020-pilgrim-politics/ Thabiti Anyabwile Posts – The Gospel Coalition urn:uuid:b36f95e6-c8b3-305a-ea06-8fa401867740 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:32:28 -0500 <div><img width="300" height="150" src="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-300x150.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="margin-bottom: 15px;" srcset="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-300x150.jpg 300w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-768x384.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></div>We normally host the Just Gospel conference every two years, on the odd year. The Just Gospel conference feels like a family reunion where the family is healthy enough to talk joyfully and seriously about anything. You can find video from previous conferences at our website (2017 and 2019). It usually takes us two years to recover from the fellowship, teaching and work! But given the country is headed into another national election in 2020 and given the surprising extent of misunderstanding and division in the Church in 2016, it seems good and necessary to host a special 2020 conference... <div><img width="300" height="150" src="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-300x150.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="margin-bottom: 15px;" srcset="https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-300x150.jpg 300w, https://media.thegospelcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/04093054/PilgrimPolitics_eventbrite-banner-768x384.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></div><p>We normally host the Just Gospel conference every two years, on the odd year. The Just Gospel conference feels like a family reunion where the family is healthy enough to talk joyfully and seriously about anything. You can find video from previous conferences at our website (<a href="https://thefrontporch.org/just-gospel-2017/">2017</a> and <a href="https://thefrontporch.org/2019/07/videos-from-just-gospel-19-are-here/">2019</a>). </p> <p>It usually takes us two years to recover from the fellowship, teaching and work!</p> <p>But given the country is headed into another national election in 2020 and given the surprising extent of misunderstanding and division in the Church in 2016, it seems good and necessary to host <em>a special 2020 conference</em> whose theme is &#8220;<a href="http://justgospelconference.org/">Pilgrim Politics: Healing Conversations about Christians and Politics.</a>&#8221;</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the heart behind the conference:</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Dz279X7Jjw?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>A description from the <a href="http://justgospelconference.org/">conference website</a>):</p> <blockquote><p>No one saw the 2016 presidential election coming. No one envisioned the effect the election would have on the country—and the Church. To some extent, our tribalism has been exposed and perhaps deepened. Unity has become more fragile.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the Church will face the same stark choices and the same potential for misunderstanding, disunity and tribal politics. This time, however, we have an opportunity to approach politics and the election differently. Like Christians. Like the pilgrims and aliens we are in the world.</p> <p>The goal of Just Gospel 2020 is NOT to engage in partisan rancor or endorse any party’s platform. Or to bind the consciences of attendees to a particular policy prescription. Or to recommend or even comment on any candidate.</p> <p>The Just Gospel 2020 conference goal is to help Christians think biblically and deeply <em>about being Christians</em> and taking our Christian identity and perspective into our political lives. We hope to aid each other in our discipleship. We hope to model how Christians who differ in secondary or prudential points can nevertheless do so charitably and in a way that preserves both unity and freedom of conscience. We hope to make a difference.</p> <p>We need and want <em>healing</em> conversations that serve the Church in advance of the upcoming political season. Join us!</p></blockquote> <p>We invite you to join us as we prepare for the season that lies ahead by thinking together about what it means to be Christians whose hope lies in a world to come and how to reflect that hope in our political engagement.</p> <p>We&#8217;re excited about the assembly of speakers and thinkers who will help us grow in Christ and sharpen our witness, including: David Platt, Russell Moore, Jon Ward, Nicola Menzie, Jenny Yang, Garrett Kell, Darryl Williamson, Justin Giboney, Andy Naselli, Esau McCaulley, Gracy Olmstead, Mark Vroegop, Vincent Bacote, Kelly Kapic, and Roland Warren!</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a taste of what we hope to hear and think about together:</p> <p><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cxViqc0wkLY?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Join us for Just Gospel 2020: Pilgrim Politics: <em>Healing</em> Conversations about Christians and Politics on March 5-7, 2020 in Alexandria, VA. We would love to grow in Christ with you and be sharpened together! <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-gospel-2020-pilgrim-politics-registration-68386581105">Register now</a> at the extra early rate of $119 until October 31st, when it increases to $159. Save $40!</p> <p>Join us for the conference, then spend the weekend touring and enjoying the sites and amenities of the nation’s Capitol! Worship with local churches and make a weekend of it! </p> How Saddleback Church is Becoming an All Nations Congregation https://djchuang.com/2019/how-saddleback-church-is-becoming-an-all-nations-congregation/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:abb884eb-0877-b666-becf-5fc330d3cb68 Tue, 01 Oct 2019 19:28:06 -0500 <p>Orange County, California, has over 3 million people and about a third of that population is foreign-born. The largest church in Orange County at this moment in history is Saddleback Church, originally based in Lake Forest. Now the church meets in 18&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/how-saddleback-church-is-becoming-an-all-nations-congregation/">How Saddleback Church is Becoming an All Nations Congregation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=qkGAti_eCW8:BrMhNK5u3fo:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=qkGAti_eCW8:BrMhNK5u3fo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/qkGAti_eCW8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> The Elaine Massacre Memorial https://jemartisby.com/2019/09/30/the-elaine-massacre-memorial/ Jemar Tisby urn:uuid:96619763-6a64-9e9e-ffba-4862ed620df1 Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:28:44 -0500 A century ago this year, a wave of anti-black racial violence washed over the entire United States. The blood shed that summer earned it the moniker of &#8220;Red Summer.&#8221; One of the deadliest race riots that year, and in the nation&#8217;s history, happened near the small town of Elaine, Arkansas. On September 30, 1919, a &#8230; <a href="https://jemartisby.com/2019/09/30/the-elaine-massacre-memorial/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">The Elaine Massacre&#160;Memorial</span></a> “His Testimonies, My Heritage” with Kristie Anyabwile https://thefrontporch.org/interview/his-testimonies-my-heritage-with-kristie-anyabwile/ The Front Porch urn:uuid:323f110d-8484-d95a-62cd-72f51c99fde4 Mon, 30 Sep 2019 06:08:15 -0500 Thabiti talks with Kristie Anyabwile about her new book. <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jqt_BqPJ07o" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Come up on the porch as Thabiti interviews Kristie Anyabwile on her new edited expositional devotion on <cite class="bibleref" title="Psalm 119" style="display: none;"></cite><a id="tippy_tip0_3928_anchor"></a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/His-Testimonies-My-Heritage-Women/dp/1784983756"><em>His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God</em></a>. It is perhaps the first work of its kind, pulling together 25 women from various ethnic backgrounds to expound the word of God and apply it to their varied experience.</p> <p>For more information on the book, also see the Good Book Company&#8217;s <a href="https://www.thegoodbook.com/his-testimonies-my-heritage">book page</a>.</p> <div class="tippy" data-showheader="1" data-title="Psalm 119" data-href="http://www.esvbible.org/search/Psalm%20119/" data-class="esv" data-headertitle="Psalm 119" data-anchor="#tippy_tip0_3928_anchor" ><div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119001.10-1"><span class="chapter-num" id="v19119001-1">119:1&nbsp;</span> Blessed are those whose way is blameless,<br /><span class="indent"></span>who walk in the law of the <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119002-1">2&nbsp;</span>Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,<br /><span class="indent"></span>who seek him with their whole heart,<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119003-1">3&nbsp;</span>who also do no wrong,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but walk in his ways!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119004-1">4&nbsp;</span>You have commanded your precepts<br /><span class="indent"></span>to be kept diligently.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119005-1">5&nbsp;</span>Oh that my ways may be steadfast<br /><span class="indent"></span>in keeping your statutes!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119006-1">6&nbsp;</span>Then I shall not be put to shame,<br /><span class="indent"></span>having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119007-1">7&nbsp;</span>I will praise you with an upright heart,<br /><span class="indent"></span>when I learn your righteous rules.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119008-1">8&nbsp;</span>I will keep your statutes;<br /><span class="indent"></span>do not utterly forsake me!</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119009.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119009-1">9&nbsp;</span>How can a young man keep his way pure?<br /><span class="indent"></span>By guarding it according to your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119010-1">10&nbsp;</span>With my whole heart I seek you;<br /><span class="indent"></span>let me not wander from your commandments!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119011-1">11&nbsp;</span>I have stored up your word in my heart,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I might not sin against you.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119012-1">12&nbsp;</span>Blessed are you, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>;<br /><span class="indent"></span>teach me your statutes!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119013-1">13&nbsp;</span>With my lips I declare<br /><span class="indent"></span>all the rules of your mouth.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119014-1">14&nbsp;</span>In the way of your testimonies I delight<br /><span class="indent"></span>as much as in all riches.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119015-1">15&nbsp;</span>I will meditate on your precepts<br /><span class="indent"></span>and fix my eyes on your ways.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119016-1">16&nbsp;</span>I will delight in your statutes;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I will not forget your word.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119017.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119017-1">17&nbsp;</span>Deal bountifully with your servant,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I may live and keep your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119018-1">18&nbsp;</span>Open my eyes, that I may behold<br /><span class="indent"></span>wondrous things out of your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119019-1">19&nbsp;</span>I am a sojourner on the earth;<br /><span class="indent"></span>hide not your commandments from me!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119020-1">20&nbsp;</span>My soul is consumed with longing<br /><span class="indent"></span>for your rules at all times.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119021-1">21&nbsp;</span>You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,<br /><span class="indent"></span>who wander from your commandments.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119022-1">22&nbsp;</span>Take away from me scorn and contempt,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I have kept your testimonies.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119023-1">23&nbsp;</span>Even though princes sit plotting against me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>your servant will meditate on your statutes.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119024-1">24&nbsp;</span>Your testimonies are my delight;<br /><span class="indent"></span>they are my counselors.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119025.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119025-1">25&nbsp;</span>My soul clings to the dust;<br /><span class="indent"></span>give me life according to your word!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119026-1">26&nbsp;</span>When I told of my ways, you answered me;<br /><span class="indent"></span>teach me your statutes!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119027-1">27&nbsp;</span>Make me understand the way of your precepts,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and I will meditate on your wondrous works.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119028-1">28&nbsp;</span>My soul melts away for sorrow;<br /><span class="indent"></span>strengthen me according to your word!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119029-1">29&nbsp;</span>Put false ways far from me<br /><span class="indent"></span>and graciously teach me your law!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119030-1">30&nbsp;</span>I have chosen the way of faithfulness;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I set your rules before me.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119031-1">31&nbsp;</span>I cling to your testimonies, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>;<br /><span class="indent"></span>let me not be put to shame!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119032-1">32&nbsp;</span>I will run in the way of your commandments<br /><span class="indent"></span>when you enlarge my heart!</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119033.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119033-1">33&nbsp;</span>Teach me, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, the way of your statutes;<br /><span class="indent"></span>and I will keep it to the end.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119034-1">34&nbsp;</span>Give me understanding, that I may keep your law<br /><span class="indent"></span>and observe it with my whole heart.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119035-1">35&nbsp;</span>Lead me in the path of your commandments,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I delight in it.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119036-1">36&nbsp;</span>Incline my heart to your testimonies,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and not to selfish gain!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119037-1">37&nbsp;</span>Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;<br /><span class="indent"></span>and give me life in your ways.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119038-1">38&nbsp;</span>Confirm to your servant your promise,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that you may be feared.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119039-1">39&nbsp;</span>Turn away the reproach that I dread,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for your rules are good.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119040-1">40&nbsp;</span>Behold, I long for your precepts;<br /><span class="indent"></span>in your righteousness give me life!</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119041.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119041-1">41&nbsp;</span>Let your steadfast love come to me, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>,<br /><span class="indent"></span>your salvation according to your promise;<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119042-1">42&nbsp;</span>then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I trust in your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119043-1">43&nbsp;</span>And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for my hope is in your rules.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119044-1">44&nbsp;</span>I will keep your law continually,<br /><span class="indent"></span>forever and ever,<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119045-1">45&nbsp;</span>and I shall walk in a wide place,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I have sought your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119046-1">46&nbsp;</span>I will also speak of your testimonies before kings<br /><span class="indent"></span>and shall not be put to shame,<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119047-1">47&nbsp;</span>for I find my delight in your commandments,<br /><span class="indent"></span>which I love.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119048-1">48&nbsp;</span>I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and I will meditate on your statutes.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119049.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119049-1">49&nbsp;</span>Remember your word to your servant,<br /><span class="indent"></span>in which you have made me hope.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119050-1">50&nbsp;</span>This is my comfort in my affliction,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that your promise gives me life.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119051-1">51&nbsp;</span>The insolent utterly deride me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I do not turn away from your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119052-1">52&nbsp;</span>When I think of your rules from of old,<br /><span class="indent"></span>I take comfort, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119053-1">53&nbsp;</span>Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,<br /><span class="indent"></span>who forsake your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119054-1">54&nbsp;</span>Your statutes have been my songs<br /><span class="indent"></span>in the house of my sojourning.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119055-1">55&nbsp;</span>I remember your name in the night, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and keep your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119056-1">56&nbsp;</span>This blessing has fallen to me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I have kept your precepts.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119057.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119057-1">57&nbsp;</span>The <span class="small-caps">Lord</span> is my portion;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I promise to keep your words.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119058-1">58&nbsp;</span>I entreat your favor with all my heart;<br /><span class="indent"></span>be gracious to me according to your promise.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119059-1">59&nbsp;</span>When I think on my ways,<br /><span class="indent"></span>I turn my feet to your testimonies;<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119060-1">60&nbsp;</span>I hasten and do not delay<br /><span class="indent"></span>to keep your commandments.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119061-1">61&nbsp;</span>Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>I do not forget your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119062-1">62&nbsp;</span>At midnight I rise to praise you,<br /><span class="indent"></span>because of your righteous rules.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119063-1">63&nbsp;</span>I am a companion of all who fear you,<br /><span class="indent"></span>of those who keep your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119064-1">64&nbsp;</span>The earth, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, is full of your steadfast love;<br /><span class="indent"></span>teach me your statutes!</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119065.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119065-1">65&nbsp;</span>You have dealt well with your servant,<br /><span class="indent"></span>O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, according to your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119066-1">66&nbsp;</span>Teach me good judgment and knowledge,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I believe in your commandments.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119067-1">67&nbsp;</span>Before I was afflicted I went astray,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but now I keep your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119068-1">68&nbsp;</span>You are good and do good;<br /><span class="indent"></span>teach me your statutes.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119069-1">69&nbsp;</span>The insolent smear me with lies,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119070-1">70&nbsp;</span>their heart is unfeeling like fat,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I delight in your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119071-1">71&nbsp;</span>It is good for me that I was afflicted,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I might learn your statutes.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119072-1">72&nbsp;</span>The law of your mouth is better to me<br /><span class="indent"></span>than thousands of gold and silver pieces.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119073.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119073-1">73&nbsp;</span>Your hands have made and fashioned me;<br /><span class="indent"></span>give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119074-1">74&nbsp;</span>Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,<br /><span class="indent"></span>because I have hoped in your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119075-1">75&nbsp;</span>I know, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, that your rules are righteous,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119076-1">76&nbsp;</span>Let your steadfast love comfort me<br /><span class="indent"></span>according to your promise to your servant.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119077-1">77&nbsp;</span>Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;<br /><span class="indent"></span>for your law is my delight.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119078-1">78&nbsp;</span>Let the insolent be put to shame,<br /><span class="indent"></span>because they have wronged me with falsehood;<br /><span class="indent"></span>as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119079-1">79&nbsp;</span>Let those who fear you turn to me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that they may know your testimonies.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119080-1">80&nbsp;</span>May my heart be blameless in your statutes,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I may not be put to shame!</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119081.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119081-1">81&nbsp;</span>My soul longs for your salvation;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I hope in your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119082-1">82&nbsp;</span>My eyes long for your promise;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I ask, &#8220;When will you comfort me?&#8221;<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119083-1">83&nbsp;</span>For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,<br /><span class="indent"></span>yet I have not forgotten your statutes.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119084-1">84&nbsp;</span>How long must your servant endure?<br /><span class="indent"></span>When will you judge those who persecute me?<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119085-1">85&nbsp;</span>The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;<br /><span class="indent"></span>they do not live according to your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119086-1">86&nbsp;</span>All your commandments are sure;<br /><span class="indent"></span>they persecute me with falsehood; help me!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119087-1">87&nbsp;</span>They have almost made an end of me on earth,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I have not forsaken your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119088-1">88&nbsp;</span>In your steadfast love give me life,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119089.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119089-1">89&nbsp;</span>Forever, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, your word<br /><span class="indent"></span>is firmly fixed in the heavens.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119090-1">90&nbsp;</span>Your faithfulness endures to all generations;<br /><span class="indent"></span>you have established the earth, and it stands fast.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119091-1">91&nbsp;</span>By your appointment they stand this day,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for all things are your servants.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119092-1">92&nbsp;</span>If your law had not been my delight,<br /><span class="indent"></span>I would have perished in my affliction.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119093-1">93&nbsp;</span>I will never forget your precepts,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for by them you have given me life.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119094-1">94&nbsp;</span>I am yours; save me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I have sought your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119095-1">95&nbsp;</span>The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I consider your testimonies.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119096-1">96&nbsp;</span>I have seen a limit to all perfection,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but your commandment is exceedingly broad.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119097.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119097-1">97&nbsp;</span>Oh how I love your law!<br /><span class="indent"></span>It is my meditation all the day.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119098-1">98&nbsp;</span>Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for it is ever with me.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119099-1">99&nbsp;</span>I have more understanding than all my teachers,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for your testimonies are my meditation.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119100-1">100&nbsp;</span>I understand more than the aged,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for I keep your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119101-1">101&nbsp;</span>I hold back my feet from every evil way,<br /><span class="indent"></span>in order to keep your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119102-1">102&nbsp;</span>I do not turn aside from your rules,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for you have taught me.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119103-1">103&nbsp;</span>How sweet are your words to my taste,<br /><span class="indent"></span>sweeter than honey to my mouth!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119104-1">104&nbsp;</span>Through your precepts I get understanding;<br /><span class="indent"></span>therefore I hate every false way.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119105.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119105-1">105&nbsp;</span>Your word is a lamp to my feet<br /><span class="indent"></span>and a light to my path.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119106-1">106&nbsp;</span>I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,<br /><span class="indent"></span>to keep your righteous rules.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119107-1">107&nbsp;</span>I am severely afflicted;<br /><span class="indent"></span>give me life, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>, according to your word!<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119108-1">108&nbsp;</span>Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O <span class="small-caps">Lord</span>,<br /><span class="indent"></span>and teach me your rules.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119109-1">109&nbsp;</span>I hold my life in my hand continually,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I do not forget your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119110-1">110&nbsp;</span>The wicked have laid a snare for me,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I do not stray from your precepts.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119111-1">111&nbsp;</span>Your testimonies are my heritage forever,<br /><span class="indent"></span>for they are the joy of my heart.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119112-1">112&nbsp;</span>I incline my heart to perform your statutes<br /><span class="indent"></span>forever, to the end.</p></div> <div class="block-indent"><p class="line-group" id="p19119113.02-1"><span class="verse-num" id="v19119113-1">113&nbsp;</span>I hate the double-minded,<br /><span class="indent"></span>but I love your law.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119114-1">114&nbsp;</span>You are my hiding place and my shield;<br /><span class="indent"></span>I hope in your word.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119115-1">115&nbsp;</span>Depart from me, you evildoers,<br /><span class="indent"></span>that I may keep the commandments of my God.<br /> <span class="verse-num" id="v19119116-1">116&nbsp;</span>Uphold me according to your p Harriet: A Story of Freedom https://thewitnessbcc.com/harriet-a-story-of-freedom/ The Witness urn:uuid:0b18f94a-1c8a-733c-e5ab-a03f63eb3aea Fri, 27 Sep 2019 08:00:14 -0500 <p>On November 1, 2019, &#8220;Harriet,&#8221; the biopic about Harriet Tubman, will be released in theaters. Tubman is one of the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com/harriet-a-story-of-freedom/">Harriet: A Story of Freedom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com">The Witness</a>.</p> Statistics on Asian Americans in Multiethnic or Monoethnic churches? https://djchuang.com/2019/statistics-on-asian-americans-in-multiethnic-or-monoethnic-churches/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:32be3826-2fe8-2bd3-7cf3-3b8081279a89 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 19:19:50 -0500 <p>Research on Asian American Christianity can be hard to find in the pubic, though I&#8217;ve heard that there&#8217;s a significant number of academic studies, as in dissertations and thesis, that have been done. But, those are not readily available for public usage.&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/statistics-on-asian-americans-in-multiethnic-or-monoethnic-churches/">Statistics on Asian Americans in Multiethnic or Monoethnic churches?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=ED99vVDQqh8:cCvEbhnIBkQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=ED99vVDQqh8:cCvEbhnIBkQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/ED99vVDQqh8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Profiles of African-American Missionaries: Kayon Watson https://thefrontporch.org/interview/profiles-of-african-american-missionaries-kayon-watson/ The Front Porch urn:uuid:d691f488-64da-e985-f62c-9d096ab1fca7 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:25:25 -0500 We interview missionary, Kayon Watson, about the spread of the gospel in international missions. <p>We love missions. And we have a special heart for the encouragement, support and success of African American missionaries since there are so few who make it onto the mission field. That&#8217;s why we want to profile today&#8217;s African-American missionaries spreading the gospel around the world. </p> <p>Today, we want to introduce you to Kayon Watson. Hear her story and perspective and please pray for her labors!</p> <p><iframe title="Kayon Watson: Profiles of African Americans in Modern Missions" width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X_oER4dEyAM?wmode=transparent&amp;rel=0&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Raise Awareness for Mental Illness this Saturday https://djchuang.com/2019/raise-awareness-for-mental-illness-this-saturday/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:6b3d602c-c244-fb86-93f5-db9e7585f337 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 10:17:51 -0500 <p>Erasing Shame is raising funds for NAMIWalk OC on September 28, 2019 and livestreaming at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Watch on our Facebook Page and donate to support. Come by and say hello or even join the walk! Parking is free!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/raise-awareness-for-mental-illness-this-saturday/">Raise Awareness for Mental Illness this Saturday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=phOfKpJRTwk:8WPd8lrOy2w:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=phOfKpJRTwk:8WPd8lrOy2w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/phOfKpJRTwk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Asian American Christians don’t talk about money? https://djchuang.com/2019/asian-american-christians-dont-talk-about-money/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:472a491e-e498-0136-2619-645fe734c649 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:31:50 -0500 <p>Money gets talked about a lot in mainstream American culture because pretty much everyone needs to earn money for a living. Some are able to accumulate wealth and doing that money making money thing. Then all this gets reinforced thru financial news&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/asian-american-christians-dont-talk-about-money/">Asian American Christians don&#8217;t talk about money?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=LSSZuoc0ybc:S0pIy-hn98Q:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=LSSZuoc0ybc:S0pIy-hn98Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/LSSZuoc0ybc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Don’t like Crowds? Three Reasons You Should Still Go to the Poets in Autumn Tour https://thewitnessbcc.com/dont-like-crowds-three-reasons-you-should-still-go-to-the-poets-in-autumn-tour/ The Witness urn:uuid:744c1d2d-2c11-8dfb-b4b0-00942b610de8 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:00:05 -0500 <p>We learn to think differently &#038; holistically about God and the world when we consider the experiences and opinions of others.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com/dont-like-crowds-three-reasons-you-should-still-go-to-the-poets-in-autumn-tour/">Don’t like Crowds? Three Reasons You Should Still Go to the Poets in Autumn Tour</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com">The Witness</a>.</p> In Memoriam… https://jemartisby.com/2019/09/15/in-memoriam/ Jemar Tisby urn:uuid:778904dc-ecb7-04e4-7d51-9cc9322822f0 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:35:42 -0500 In memory of the four young girls killed in a racist terrorist attack at the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL on September 15, 1963 To Be Young, Gifted, & Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 2 https://thewitnessbcc.com/to-be-young-gifted-black-a-letter-to-a-young-black-leader-part-2/ The Witness urn:uuid:934f46f5-8f8e-146e-25b0-6c8d009c5252 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 08:00:39 -0500 <p>In our story, the black story, we have the best of us and we have the worst of us.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com/to-be-young-gifted-black-a-letter-to-a-young-black-leader-part-2/">To Be Young, Gifted, &#038; Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com">The Witness</a>.</p> A 15-Minute History of Race and the Church https://jemartisby.com/2019/09/12/a-15-minute-history-of-race-and-the-church/ Jemar Tisby urn:uuid:acf47b4d-ecc1-aae8-efe5-3123754ab205 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:00:16 -0500 Jemar Tisby gives a 15-minute overview of the American church's complicity with racism from slavery and segregation up to the present day. When Christians Grasp for Power, We all Lose https://djchuang.com/2019/when-christians-grasp-for-power-we-all-lose/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:e439f7da-952a-835c-5251-6d38cd4d4cf5 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:10:14 -0500 <p>I believe that we as Christians have had privilege in many ways that other religions do not have, here in America. I think that privilege and power are intricately linked—found these good thoughts on Twitter worth reading and considering. (twitter thread by&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/when-christians-grasp-for-power-we-all-lose/">When Christians Grasp for Power, We all Lose</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=LFjA7eiCOjA:JbgV3sV_W60:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=LFjA7eiCOjA:JbgV3sV_W60:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/LFjA7eiCOjA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> To Be Young, Gifted, & Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 1 https://thewitnessbcc.com/to-be-young-gifted-black-a-letter-to-a-young-black-leader/ The Witness urn:uuid:f5b27005-bc64-de49-1a0a-060e38f9b216 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:00:49 -0500 <p>We are viewed as problems to be solved rather than people to be admired.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com/to-be-young-gifted-black-a-letter-to-a-young-black-leader/">To Be Young, Gifted, &#038; Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://thewitnessbcc.com">The Witness</a>.</p> Thabiti’s Apology, Part 2 https://thefrontporch.org/interview/thabitis-apology-part-2/ The Front Porch urn:uuid:715bc827-9903-873f-94a5-b21ca6974ba6 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 05:15:28 -0500 Louis and Thabiti continue their conversation about Thabiti's recent apology to some evangelicals. Join us and as they say in some parts of North Carolina, "bring yo own mason jar". <p>Join Lou and Thabiti as they continue their conversation regarding Thabiti&#8217;s <a href="https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/errata-apology-some-evangelicals/">apology</a>. You can find part one of the interview <a href="https://thefrontporch.org/interview/thabitis-apology-part-1/">here</a>. Grab a chair and come on up on the porch!</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/679985675&#038;color=%23ff5500&#038;auto_play=false&#038;hide_related=false&#038;show_comments=true&#038;show_user=true&#038;show_reposts=false&#038;show_teaser=true"></iframe></p> Free Internet Filter for Home Wifi Router https://djchuang.com/2019/free-internet-filter-for-home-wifi-router/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:75dad1a3-9029-a8c7-67b3-a268a332e28b Mon, 09 Sep 2019 23:20:59 -0500 <p>Using internet filtering software at home can be quite a hassle: installing the software or app on every device, managing upgrades, subscription fees, occasional troubleshooting when changes cause unexpected behavior. Free DNS service providers provide a great alternative for safe internet at&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/free-internet-filter-for-home-wifi-router/">Free Internet Filter for Home Wifi Router</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=PnXj1UaJ25s:CcuaKcq30nk:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=PnXj1UaJ25s:CcuaKcq30nk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/PnXj1UaJ25s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thabiti’s Apology, Part 1 https://thefrontporch.org/interview/thabitis-apology-part-1/ The Front Porch urn:uuid:806f128a-b0c3-1cd0-e86c-905a25336b40 Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:21:46 -0500 Several months ago Thabiti offered an apology over at The Gospel Coalition's website. He has graciously agreed to c'mon up on the Porch and share how the Lord moved upon his heart to apologize. Take a listen and you will find out there's more to an apology than mere words. <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/678643158&#038;color=%23ff5500&#038;auto_play=false&#038;hide_related=false&#038;show_comments=true&#038;show_user=true&#038;show_reposts=false&#038;show_teaser=true"></iframe></p> Managing Your Anxiety and Others You Lead https://djchuang.com/2019/managing-your-anxiety-and-others-you-lead/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:61e767bc-a397-5a6a-2274-728efa972b4d Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:09:06 -0500 <p>Anxiety has been a part of the human condition for centuries. It&#8217;s not a new thing that&#8217;s increasing just because of social media, faster changes in our cultures, and uncertainty about the future. Jesus Christ spoke directly about anxiety in Matthew 6,&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/managing-your-anxiety-and-others-you-lead/">Managing Your Anxiety and Others You Lead</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=4RYhHZqt88o:WFgOrI790-s:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=4RYhHZqt88o:WFgOrI790-s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/4RYhHZqt88o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> 4 Traits of Real White Advocates for People of Color https://djchuang.com/2019/4-traits-of-real-white-advocates-for-people-of-color/ djchuang.com urn:uuid:150572ed-050e-8225-035e-f0d4f3d2afb8 Sat, 07 Sep 2019 13:11:48 -0500 <p>(twitter thread posted with permission from Helen Lee; unrolled via threadreaderapp.com) When a white person says he/she is an advocate for people of color, I need to know: Who are your closest friends, mentors, and advisors? Are they all or mostly white?&#46;&#46;&#46;</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com/2019/4-traits-of-real-white-advocates-for-people-of-color/">4 Traits of Real White Advocates for People of Color</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://djchuang.com">@djchuang</a>.</p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=Z254IVXDfSI:NwhQXityhcY:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?a=Z254IVXDfSI:NwhQXityhcY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/djchuang?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/djchuang/~4/Z254IVXDfSI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>