Category Archives: Cultural Diversity

Hate Won’t Win

Last week, on June 17, 2015, a white man joined a bible study/prayer meeting inside the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and later, shot and killed nine people, including the pastor. It was … Continue reading

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Speaking in Tongues

The phenomenon of speaking in tongues is common among Charismatic-Pentecostal type churches. It is also controversial, even though increasingly accepted in Christianity. Some Christians see the so-called charismatic spiritual gifts like prophecy and tongue speaking as ceased, i.e. the Holy … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Controversy

It has been a while since I last blogged due to a variety of reasons. But nothing like a little controversy to stir up the blogging urge! Last week, news broke all through the Canadian media of a religious accommodation … Continue reading

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The Church’s Vision Problem

Last week, I was privileged to attend the Christian Reformed Church’s 2013 Multi-Ethnic Conference. The keynote speaker was Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and former Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United … Continue reading

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Going to the Dogs?

I have been alerted to an interesting article: Jesus Was Not Colorblind: Racial Slurs and the Syrophoenician Woman. It’s a reflection based on Mark 7:24-37. The author, David R. Henson, suggests that “Jesus uttered a racial slur” towards the Gentile woman … Continue reading

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Theological Blind Spots

I was a delegate to my denomination’s Synod (sort of like a church Parliament or Congress) in June 2012. On June 12, 2012 we debated whether to ratify Synod 2009’s decision to adopt the Belhar Confession as a fourth confession … Continue reading

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A Biblical View of Diversity

This is an edited excerpt from my previously published article, “Racism, Revelation and Recipes: Towards Christian Inter-Cultural Communities” (Christian Educator’s Journal, April 2008). It lays out a biblical-theological perspective on ethnic diversity and racism. I regard this as still a … Continue reading

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