The American Church’s Exile and How to Move Forward

Well, 2021 is off to a fabulous start. I say that with sarcasm, of course.

There is little doubt that we are in a predicament, one that’s been building not just in 2020, nor over the past four years. It’s been unfolding for decades, if not centuries. I’m not sure it’s going to stop. As the old adage goes, “Things may get worse before they get better.”

There are a few things I believe the American (even global) church must engage in to change the trajectory that it’s on. Take them or leave them. But I am convinced they are worth taking up.

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Racial Conversations

This past Sunday, our church (Renewal Memphis) changed things up a bit and offered a time of “conversation.”

Our pastor began with a short teaching from Phil 4:1-4, and he then interviewed a mixed couple from our church (husband is black, wife is white). With this, the couple were able to share a bit of their story and experiences, especially in light of our present-day challenges in America.

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