In Case You Missed It

1) Ed Stetzer published part 2 of Lifeway’s important research on mental illness and the church.

2) Thom Rainer lists the top 10 selling Bible translations for 2014.

3) Ryan Hutchinson, Executive Vice President for Operations at Southeastern, writes as a white guy trying to understand injustices toward black Americans.

4) At CT’s Leadership Journal, Ben Tertin and Paul J. Pastor, report on the painful lessons learned from the Mars Hill collapse. As it turns out, go big or go home is not a biblical strategy for ministry.

5) Trillia Newbill, consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, encourages all Christians to care about “race issues.”

J. D. Greear on Why We Fail to Progress Past Ferguson

Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church. This week J. D. reflected on why we — the evangelical church — fail to progress past the recent discussions on race. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Both “sides” must be swifter to hear than to speak, and both sides must think of the “interests of another community as more important than their own.” Practically, that means gospel-centered white leaders will talk as much about the injustice and problems of white privilege, and the hurt and frustration it has caused in the black community as they do the problems with how the protestors have behaved. That also means that gospel-centered black leaders will talk as much about the need to protect the innocent and to extend to all the full benefits of the justice system to all as they do their anger (though justified) about past injustices.

Read the full post here.

The Church and Racial Reconciliation from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

The Church and Racial Reconciliation

Yesterday, Southeastern held its final chapel of the semester. In light of the deaths Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and subsequent protests regarding the grand jury decisions in their respective cases, Danny Akin led the community in a time of worship and prayer. The specific focus was on our churches’ roles in racial reconciliation in this country. We need it. Join us in praying for it. We pray the video here will aid those prayers.