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 March 2021

Greetings from Edgewater (Chicago),

     Josephine and I received our first vaccine and are now making plans for 2021.  We've accepted new roles with Serge: 1) Supervising a few of the teams in the UK and 2) Supporting the mission and vision of Serge as a multicultural community called into cross-cultural missions.  We'd appreciate your prayers as we start this new role.  
     Here are a few items related to Reformed multiethnic churches:

1.  It was good to see David Brooks in the NY Times "discover" the Christian vision of social justice primarily through the writing of Esau McCaulley.   On the other side of justice, we reach the beloved community and multiethnic family of humankind. This vision has a destination, and thus walks not in bitterness but in hope.

2. Critical Race Theory continues to divide opinion among theologically conservative Christians in America.  Anthony Bradley argues that Critical Race Theory Isn’t a Threat for Presbyterians

I was able to grab a coffee with Brian Dye, the founder of Legacy Disciple, before the pandemic.  Here he is moderating a helpful discussion with D.A. Horton and Rasool Berry on CRT. 

3. Dhati Lewis has done a video series interviewing POC about their choice to stay within predominantly White ministry spaces. Here are the videos from Carl & Karen Ellis and one from Daniel Yang, who is the Director of the Send Institute and a fellow ICS PhD student at TEDS. 

Sociologist Korie Edwards writes in Christianity Today's February cover story that "The Multiethnic Church Movement Hasn't Lived Up to Its Promise."  She's a proponent of multiethnic churches but addresses the fact that having different ethnicities worshipping together is not the end goal - we've got to move further to be the beautiful community God calls us to. 

4.  I spent yesterday attending the Evangelical Mission Society's midwest regional conference via Zoom.  Recently EMS issued a "Call for Racial Unity":  We recognize that historically, the predominant Western missiological view has conceived of Christian mission too narrowly. We acknowledge that this focus on the ends of the earth too often involved failure to prioritize love for neighbor who happens to live nearby.

5.  Kevin DeYoung attempts to understand the splintering of the Reformed movement on the issues of race, politics and gender.  I don't love the labels, which are meant to reflect each group's self-identification, but the grid is helpful.  Danny Slavich, the pastor of Cross United Church (SBC) in South Florida offers this response to DeYoung's framework on issues related to race. 

6. African congregations in Britain are not just an outcome of the need to create ‘a home away from home’ where they can worship in their languages and eat African food. Many of them have emerged as a result of the need to negotiate the discrimination that immigrants face in western congregations due to various factors like theological differences and lack of cross-cultural leaders. There Is No Future Without Cross-cultural Ministry.

The Harry & Meghan interview reveals The Deep Generational Divide In contemporary British society.

7.  Tim Keller reviews Perry and Whitehead's book Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States and in the process provides an overview of American Christian Nationalism

Finally, John Houmes, a former Serge apprentice in London, worked at New City - South and now has planted New City Fellowship (PCA) of Hollywood, FL.  Here's an overview video that has been recently produced by Mission to North America (PCA).
After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
Revelation 7:9


The R7 Update seeks to highlight the work of Reformed multiethnic churches which are welcoming to the poor in order to encourage church leaders to move in the direction God is taking his people.  

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Chris Hatch 


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