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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.

In Case You Missed It

1) Derwin Gray, Pastor of Transformation Church, recently wrote about Ferguson, the Cross, and reconciliation. Well worth the read. 

2) In light of the NY grand jury decision not to indict an officer who killed an unarmed Eric Garner, Russell Moore talked about the case for justice at stake and the church’s role.

3) Is the young, restless, and reformed “movement” a failed one? This week, D. A. Carson wrote about “The Underbelly of Revival: Five Reflections on Failure Among the Young, Restless, and Reformed.” Wise and balanced analysis here.

4) Matt Capps, Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship Church in Mt. Juliet and Nashville, TN, writes about the missional church at Pastors Today. Is your church missional?

5) Ed Stetzer published some important research on the church and mental illness.

J. D. Greear on God’s Working and Our Praying

Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. This week J. D. writes about the relationship between God’s work (and sovereignty) and our prayers. 

Here’s an excerpt:

The church in the U.S. desperately needs to awaken to the spectacular truth that when we pray, God goes to work. Too many of us hide behind God’s sovereignty: “Well, it’s all in God’s hands, so I’m sure he’ll work everything out.” But for the great men and women of faith in Scripture, God’s sovereignty didn’t prevent them from praying; it moved them to pray. Why? Because prayer is the sovereignly appointed way that God does his work.

Read the full post here.