Bill Cosby responds to Victoria Osteen

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Toward Racial Harmony and Healing: What Can We Do?

Recent events in Ferguson, MO, have only served to further highlight the ugly truth about race in this nation.  Race still matters!

But it remains my prayer and hope to one day live in a nation where my children, to echo Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

But if many of our communities continue to be racially segregated, and systemic racism continues in this nation of ours, then more Ferguson, MOs, are just waiting to happen.  IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME!

Now consider this: a black man and a white man may share the same office space, but at the end of their work day, they will drive home to vastly different neighborhoods–one to a black Ferguson, MO, and the other to a white Ferguson, MO.

But we can change this picture–TOGETHER!

First, privilege whites need to stand up and say NO more racial segregation.  NO more oppression and injustices on the basis of race.  Second, equal jobs, pay, education, and opportunities must TRULY be offered.  And finally, TOGETHER we must all see these things through.  Sacrifices will have to be made, because we’re talking about overturning and healing centuries of racism.

So if my white friend happens to have me as a neighbor, he mustn’t feel like he has to WHISPER to other whites that his neighbor is black.

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LifeWay Stops Selling Mark Driscoll Books, which raises the question?

LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of America’s largest Protestant denomination, has pulled Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and more than 180 stores nationwide.  Read more…

Which raises the question: What about the books of a modalist like TD Jakes? I still see his books at the countless LifeWay stores I’ve gone into.

I don’t know about this.

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Prayer for Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

driscoll_1Acts 29 Network, a church planting network which was co-founder by Mark Driscoll, has made the decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network.  According to the network site, Driscoll and the elders of the Mars Hill Church, where Driscoll serves as lead pastor, have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for the removal.

It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored. –Source

What does all this mean for Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church?  A network that he helped found has removed him and his church, even calling on him to step down and seek help.

For the sake of Christ and the church he purchased with his own blood and is preparing for glory, pastor Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Church are in need of our prayers, so that the name of Christ will continue to be honored everywhere.

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Mike Bird on the Return of Christ

“The return of Christ is not a repetition of his original coming, nor an addendum to his earthly work; rather, it is the completion of his work of reconciliation. The divide between heaven and earth is melted down at Christ’s second advent. Two worlds collide, and the terrestrial world is changed as heaven is permanently imprinted on it. It is the final stage for God to dwell with his people, in his reign, in his place. As C.S. Lewis said, when the author steps onto the stage, the play is over.” –Michael F. Bird, Evangelical Theology.

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