Ethnicity and Race

Lessons Learned from South Africa about Multi-Ethnicity in Churches

By Gustav Pritchard | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

Here are 7 suggestions for pastors so that they might shepherd God’s flock more faithfully in light of the diversity of his sheep.

Book Review: United by Faith, by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, et al

Review by Russ Whitfield | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

Though it leaves much to be desired in terms of theological depth, United By Faith is a very welcomed contribution and a worthy read, particularly for American Christians.

Building a Multi-Cultural Ministry on Gospel Doctrine

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

Robust truth will keep churches and friendships together amid their diversity, whereas lowest-common-denominator theology promotes strife and feebleness.

Does the Asian-American Church Need an Adjusted Gospel?

By Jeffrey K. Jue | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

Many say, “The ‘white Western gospel’ needs to be adjusted, or it will become obsolete.” Can this possibly be true?

Helping Asian Churches Become Multi-Ethnic

By Patrick Cho | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

How can a church with a particular ethnic identity strive to become more multiethnic? Here are eight principles to consider.

Don’t Be Color-Blind at Church

By Isaac Adams | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.25.2015

Christians should be both colorblind and color-conscious. Why? Because that’s what God is like.

Why the Race Conversation Is So Hard

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.24.2015

The race conversation is so hard, but shouldn’t our churches be the first places on the planet where we talk about these things, and listen to one another?

Book Review: Reviving the Black Church, by Thabiti Anyabwile

Review by Jemar Tisby | 9Marks Journal: Multi-Ethnic Churches | 09.23.2015

In this book, Thabiti Anyabwile diagnoses the state of the Black church and prescribes medicine from the Scriptures

The Egalitarian Impulse in the Black Church

By Steven Harris | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.12.2015

This present problem of gender roles in the black church is rooted in past pain.

Why Are Young Blacks Leaving the Church?

By Tony Carter | 10.16.2014

The world needs a church that knows that Satan does not mind it embracing the implications of Christ as long as it does not embrace and thus proclaim Christ himself.

Voices from Abroad: Biblical Faithfulness and Cultural Sensitivity

By H. Singh, J. Folmar, M. Lohmann, M. Prodigalidad, M. Campbell, T. Cantrell | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.24.2014

Editor’s Note: We asked a handful of pastors around the world the following question: “You are familiar with American churches, yet you pastor in a non-American context. What has your present experience taught you about how to be biblically faithful yet culturally sensitive when it comes to selecting the songs that your church sings?” Their […]

Pastors’ Forum: What do you do and not do to accommodate ethnic diversity in your worship service planning?

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Answers from Dave Furman, Kevin Hsu, Paul Martin, John Onwuchekwa, and Juan Sanchez.   Dave Furman I will never lose the gospel for the sake of unity in diversity, but I will preach the unadjusted gospel consistently. I will never water down theology to a lowest common denominator in order to accommodate more people and […]

Book Review, Churches, Cultures & Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities

Review by Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Is Scripture Enough? | 06.24.2013

If you’re looking for a book that explains how cultural differences might play out in the context of the local church, this could be a very helpful resource.

Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

Race, the Cross, and the Christian Life

By J. Piper, M. Dever | 07.03.2012

John Piper addresses racism, the gospel, obstacles to reconciliation, and white guilt in this discussion of his recent book Bloodlines.

Concepts of Conversion in the Inner City

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 03.05.2012

Christianity is often seen as either “grandmom’s religion” or something for drug addicts and the incarcerated when they hit rock bottom.