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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Pastors' and Theologians' Forum on Race

We asked a roundtable of pastors and theologians the following questions: In From Every People and Every Nation, J. Daniel Hays writes, "Black scholars identify the racial division in the church as one of the most central problems for contemporary [church], while many White Scholars are saying, ‘What problem?’" (17). Is there a race problem in the American church? Are whites missing it? Why? What implications does this have for the church’s proclamation of the gospel? Answers from Read more >

Satanism, Starbucks, and Other Gospel Challengers

9M: Apostles of church growth tell us that pop culture is our friend and the best vehicle for advancing the gospel. Why do you think that pop culture poses a threat to the church’s ability to hold onto and articulate the gospel? Read more >

Five Steps for Racial Reconciliation on Sunday at 11 a.m.*

Step 1: Know the History of the Problem Step 2: Recognize Our Mutual Culpability Read more >

Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church

On any given Friday morning, you will find more than fifty different nationalities represented at our church gatherings. (Our church founders established the weekly meetings on Friday to accord with a Muslim working week.) The United Christian Church of Dubai (UCCD) gathers in the midst of a sea of Islam and materialism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a small oil-rich nation that borders Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Read more >

Nine Lessons I Learned From Yellow (And One More)

You won’t find Frank Wu’s book Yellow in the Christian section of the bookstore. But if you’re a pastor or church leader interested in knowing how to love and serve minorities in your congregation, it may be worth reading. Wu was the first Asian American law professor at the historically African American Howard University and is a commentator on racial issues. His book Yellow looks beyond customary Black-White divisions and considers the role of Asian Americans and other minorities, offering a unique perspective on the topic of race. Read more >

Starting the Conversation with Earth, Wind, and Fire

From: Jonathan Leeman Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:56 AM To: Thabiti Subject: RE: Book recommendations Hey, I bought Earth, Wind, and Fire’s greatest hits. Man, that’s good stuff! At least the music. I can’t always understand what they’re saying. Did you ever listen to them? Read more >

Coming Soon to a Planet Near You: Lausanne III

Plans are now afoot for the Third International Congress on World Evangelization. It will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010. Read more >

Did Moses Marry a Black Woman?

Moses, a Jew, apparently married a black African and was approved by God. Read more >