Book Review: Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

Leading a Multi-Ethnic Church book coverLeading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church: Seven Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Why I picked up this book:

I received this book as a gift while attending the Mosaix Global Network conference last fall. It was at the top of my very long and ever growing post-seminary reading list. This book is also of interest for my current leadership position at Gordon-Conwell, as we are working to develop a partnership with the Mosaix Global Network.

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Coffee Talk: This is What I Want. What do you Want?

One of the books I am reading is, Teach us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith, by fellow Redbud, Jen Pollock Michel. This book interested me because I have grown quite uncomfortable with my wants. At almost every turn, I find how selfish and self-serving my wants are. In most Christian environments and conversations, we are reminded that wants are bad. Are they really? All of them?

What do You Want Me to Do for You_DesireMy coping mechanism has been to deny, deny, deny my wants. But God is doing a new thing in me and reminding me that he holds all things, even my wants in the palms of his hands.

My daughter was baptized in the spring and she is now taking a “New Life” class at our church. During the first lesson the children were reminded (and what a lesson for me) that we can trust God:


  1. Teach us the right way to live.
  1. To provide what we need.
  1. Give us the things that we want.

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