In his new book, Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church, Edward Gilbreath recaptures what we have lost in the sound bits of King’s words and by embracing the myth of a post-racial America. Gilbreath immediately sets the stage by dropping the readers into the world, thoughts, and racial realities of the late 1950s America. He does this by interweaving historic and the racially charged events leading up to and surrounding Birmingham, along with the personal story, upbringing, challenges, and failures of Dr. King.
I spent Thursday evening with a small group of young women talking about Christ’s desire that we become peacemakers. We discussed the various ways that we avoid being at peace with others and the love, grace, work, and self-sacrificing humility of Christ. This was our last mentoring group gathering for the year, so I asked the ladies about their thoughts for 2014.
I asked several questions like: Where do you feel the Lord is leading you? Have you set any goals for next year? One of the young women responded, “I haven’t even thought about it.” That response reminded me of another responsibility of the mentor. As mentors, we are called to act as a wise counselors who help mentees discern God’s will for their lives and challenge them to walk in obedience to what God has revealed. We don’t know what God wants from us or where he is leading if we don’t ask. I believe that asking, discerning, and praying about God’s direction in our lives should be a regular habit; yet the end of one year and the beginning of a new one provides the perfect opportunity to clarify our purpose and assignments—the things we need to let go, the relationships we need to develop, the skills we should cultivate, and the doors we should walk through.
An Interview with Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief
Immigration was one of the hot-button issues of the last presidential election, and it continues to be a divisive issue in the halls of Washington DC today. Unfortunately, far too many Christians and evangelical churches are uneducated on this important issue or taking their “facts” from opinionated and unresearched political and media sources that do not have a holistic Christian worldview.
There is no doubt about it, immigration is a source of tension for all of us. Thankfully, World Relief has made it their mission to “empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable” and that includes standing for displaced refugees and immigrants.