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"As I write and speak in many different ethnic contexts on matters related to gospel reconciliation, I sense from many good-hearted, white Christians that instead of gospel reconciliation, they simply want the fruit of reconciliation (a multi-ethnic church) without the problems and pain that come when one walks the path of reconciliation with someone from a different ethnic, racial, educational, social, cultural, or economic posture. Often I find that some white Christians who deeply desire multi-ethnic churches neither live multi-ethnic lives in association with ethnic minorities nor have ever served under the leadership of a non-white person, which makes their desire for gospel-healthy multi-ethnic churches appear to be superficial."
While this generation may be less biblically literate than many, younger Christians who do read the Bible may be more likely to trust it.
"For all my love of hugging, though, there was something about public affection between couples, particularly in church, that always rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not alone. A few weeks ago, I saw a friend posted her pithy observations on church PDA, and people flooded to the comments to declare “pet peeve,” “creepy,” and “get a room.” I knew where they were coming from—I’d felt that ick factor too—but I waited to respond, and another thought came to me: Shouldn't the church be the one to reclaim healthy physical touch, even public expressions of it?"
"Forty days after Jesus’s resurrection, the biblical storyline takes a remarkable turn: Jesus disappears. 'He was taken up before their very eyes,' Luke tells us, 'and a cloud hid him from their sight' (Acts 1:9). Two angels then tell the disciples that Jesus was “taken into heaven” (Acts 1:11) So what do we make of this plot twist in the Bible’s story? How should we understand our crucified and risen Lord’s ascension? Michael Horton observes that we typically 'treat the ascension as little more than a dazzling exclamation point for the resurrection rather than as a new event in its own right.' Yet the ascension is a vital part of the redemption story. If we simply collapse the ascension into the resurrection, we miss stunning benefits tied directly to Jesus being taken into heaven."