Monday through Saturday, we live in a pretty diverse world. Sunday, though, that’s a different story. Here’s a good video for illustrating that reality. It would make a great discussion starter on issues of race and diversity in church.
Anthony Bradley has recently posted a couple of interesting articles about race in the church. Over at the Institute, he offered some thoughts on Peter Slade’s book Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and A Theology of Friendship (Oxford University Press, 2009). He specifically comments on some data that Slade provides regarding “difficult information about the racist and pro-segregationist formation of the Reformed Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian Church in America, and the role of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS.” He goes on to list what he sees as some of the more troubling facts and decries the fact that he and others weren’t made more aware of what to expect when they joined the PCA. Slade’s book sounds like it would be a fascinating, though uncomfortable, read.
The comments in this post are particularly worth following. Stephen Taylor, Peter Enns, Ligon Duncan, and R. Scott Clark all chime in, along with further comments from Bradley. (HT Mike Bird)
And then, over at Worldmag.com, Bradley argues that we need to be careful about accusing schools of racism based on the lack of faculty diversity. He points out the difficulties that some schools can encounter when trying to find qualified minority candidates for open positions. Although he doesn’t discuss some of the systematic problems that contribute to the lack of qualified candidates, he correctly points out that a mere “head count” doesn’t tell the whole story. (HT Justin Taylor)
- Brian LePort has begun blogging his way through John Levison’s Filled with the Spirit.
- The discussion about unity and diversity in the early church has continued with posts by Mike Bird and James McGrath.
- In an ironic move, Katherine Jefferts Shori is accusing the Anglican communion for being “colonial” in its efforts to seek greater unity among its churches. The irony here, of course, lies in a western church leader complaining about “colonial” pressures coming largely from African church leaders.
- Peter Leithart offers an interesting comment on Dostoyevsky’s idea of a Christian Dionysian and the celebration of a kind of anthropology that resists the common pressure to emphasize the divine so much that the significance of the human is lost.
- And, if you have nothing better to do today, here’s an article on what someone went through to reverse engineer a McDonald’s french fry so he could learn how to make authentic McDonald’s fries at home. (HT Lifehacker)