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March 2021
Volume 65, Number 2
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About This Issue
This month’s issue features a collection of stories exploring how far America’s multiethnic church movement has come and how far it has yet to go. Ohio State University sociologist Korie Little Edwards, arguably today’s preeminent researcher of multiracial congregations, writes in a personal essay about the African American struggle to find “oneness” in diverse churches. While it takes different shapes, that struggle is shared by Christians in other ethnic communities, and it dates back to the early Corinthian church.
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The Multiethnic Church Movement Hasn’t Lived up to Its Promise
Multiracial churches have not been good news for everyone. What can we do about it?
Paul’s Letter to a Prejudiced Church
How the apostle’s instructions on the Lord’s Supper speak to multiethnic congregations today.
Why the Children of Immigrants Are Returning to Their Religious Roots
Many second- and third-generation Americans leave the ethnic congregations of their parents for white-led churches, only to come back.


Replanting Can Work. A Church Just Has to Die and Rise Again.
How one East Tennessee congregation took a leap of faith and witnessed a resurrection.
When Violent Nationalism Backfired for God’s People
Jesus saw the disastrous end of faith-fueled zealotry and warned against it.
What the Heavens Declared to a Young Astronomer
How I learned that the same God who numbered the stars knew and loved me personally.


The Premature Victory of a Vacant Cross
This Lent presses us to confront the sins of supremacy, celebrity, and other abuses of grace.
Scriptural Meditation Promises Something Better than Zen
Christians don’t need mysticism or quiet emptiness for the illumination that comes through repetition.
Pray to God for Protection. Then Praise Him for Your Mask.
The concept of competitive agency pits God’s actions against our own. But they go hand in hand.
Did a Prophet Speak to You?
Learning to discern entails humbly attuning our ears and softening our hearts.


The Problem with À La Carte Politics
Christians won’t overcome partisanship just by resolving to order from each side’s policy menu.
Ordinary Life Is Crammed with Heaven
How our senses can point the way to God’s presence.
New & Noteworthy Books
Compiled by Matt Reynolds.
Evangelical Thinking on the Trinity Is Often Remarkably Revisionist
Theologian Matthew Barrett diagnoses our drift away from an orthodox understanding of Father, Son, and Spirit.
Christian Parents: You Don’t Have to Protect Your Children from Divergent Opinions
If what we teach them is true, it will stand up to scrutiny.


Christian Lawyers Fight COVID-19 Home Evictions
At legal aid clinics, attorneys ask “Who would Jesus represent in court?”
How Big and Small Nashville Churches Feed Hungry Families
New study shows food pantries serve more than their immediate neighbors.
Gleanings: March 2021
Indian Government Regulation Squeezes Christian Charities
Nonprofit licenses revoked, leaving millions without help.
A World Vision Employee Is Still Awaiting Fair Trial in Israel
The charges against him don’t make sense. And his day in court has been delayed again and again.

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