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Bridges and Doors
February 16, 2015 – 2:45 pm | Comments Off on Bridges and Doors
Bridges and Doors

by Dale T. Irvin

Citing the work of George Simmel, one of the founders of modern sociology, the author leads us from the simple concepts of doors as either entrances or barriers that firm up separations to bridges as building connections among people, churches, and denominations. The point readers are swept along to see reflects the need for openness and welcoming in their quest to serve God.

When White People Preach about Race
February 16, 2015 – 2:44 pm | 2 Comments
When White People Preach about Race

by Donna Schaper

This instructive, insightful article is by a senior pastor who has dealt with interracial matters for much of her life. Unafraid to address both the pitfalls and the successes of speaking about race from the pulpit, she offers sage advice as she recounts personal experiences and opinions that pastors may find useful in their own ministries.

An Invitation to Multi-Cultural Ministry
February 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm | Comments Off on An Invitation to Multi-Cultural Ministry
An Invitation to Multi-Cultural Ministry

by Keith Russell

When a congregation is short on funds, there may be a temptation to rent the Sanctuary and/or spaces to another church group. The author offers alternative ideas for growing a church that avoids the possible pitfalls of rentals and yet creates opportunities for new worship experiences with their own rewards.

Building Bridges in New York City: Starting With Churches
February 16, 2015 – 2:42 pm | Comments Off on Building Bridges in New York City: Starting With Churches
Building Bridges in New York City: Starting With Churches

by Moses O. Biney

This powerful article is based on a project with theological, ethical, and sociological underpinnings that successfully explored new ways of engaging ecumenical relationships and fostering congregational inclusiveness. It can be eye-opening and offers useful insights for those who live in divided neighborhoods and larger areas—all of us.

Nothing Happens on a Subway
February 16, 2015 – 2:41 pm | Comments Off on Nothing Happens on a Subway
Nothing Happens on a Subway

by Jerry Reisig

The author shares his experiences while riding the subway to and from work every day as to the valuable and useful insights he gained concerning race relations, raising self-awareness, as well as observing others who share space while hitchhiking cross country and traveling under diverse neighborhoods across the city.

Multi-Cultural Ministry: A Model for Cooperation
February 16, 2015 – 2:40 pm | Comments Off on Multi-Cultural Ministry: A Model for Cooperation
Multi-Cultural Ministry: A Model for Cooperation

by Ernest H. Jones

In his argument for choosing cooperation as a useful way to build and expand a ministry, Jones delves into a theory by author Alfie Kohn whose thesis was that competition is not innate or organic but often a failing strategy. Using cooperation as a tactic was Paul’s successful way of expanding Christ’s ministry.

Book Reviews
February 16, 2015 – 2:39 pm | Comments Off on Book Reviews
Book Reviews

by Neal Presa

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton, and Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller.

Bible and Secular Quotes on Bridge Building
February 16, 2015 – 2:38 pm | Comments Off on Bible and Secular Quotes on Bridge Building
Bible and Secular Quotes on Bridge Building

selected by Darla Turlington

Here are quotations from the Bible and from secular writings that pastors and others may find useful in sermons, essays, or other venues.

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
February 16, 2015 – 2:37 pm | Comments Off on Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

by Jin Hee Han

Our spring offering of 2015 brings together articles written by scholars and practitioners whose work can be nicely summed up as that of bridge-building. This theme is in line with the kind of service rendered for the reign of God by preachers of local churches, facilitators of lay empowerment, and others who are engaged in specialized ministries in our multifaceted society.

Our contributors to this issue may appear to be realists when they shed light on challenges that abound. Their key points, however, underscore that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through [God] who loved us” (Rom 8:37).