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book review: Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church

Posted by dturn on July 31, 2008


Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz

My first impression of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church was one of relief.
It is awesome to know that it is possible to create a church, and even networks of churches, that is diverse as the community that it resides.
Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an established leader in the multi-ethnic arena. He is the co-founder of the Mosaix Global Network.

Mark asks us to look deeper into the issue of racial reconciliation in the church.
As a matter of fact, in his writing, Mark pushes us past the surface and into the ultimate moment of reconciliation, mankind with Christ.
He explains how ethnically diverse communities of faith can pave the way for a major advancement of God’s love and grace.

I really felt that this subject of this book was overdue for some attention.
I could understand and thoroughly appreciate the 7 core commitments mention in this book.
After digesting this information I wondered what our communities would look like if all churches took on these characteristics.
I know that the church can make things much more complicated than it should be.
If we could operate in the unselfish love of Jesus Christ, the impact on our world would be amazing.

My overall opinion of this book is that it is a must-read for pastors, church leaders, church planters or anyone who wants to make a difference.
Our cities are becoming more and more diverse. Unfortunately, they are also more segregated on Sunday mornings.
This book will help to change that.

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happy birthday A.J.

Posted by dturn on July 31, 2008


Today is my youngest sons birthday.
Alec turns 14 today and I feel really old.
Pretty soon he will be bigger than me but I’ll still be the Dad 🙂
He plans on being in the NFL one day. If he does, he’ll be a great player.
I pray that he can impact the world with his sensitivity and concern.
His mom and I are very proud of him.

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on July 30, 2008

“Many people might have attained wisdom had they not assumed they already had it”

Unknown

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on July 29, 2008

“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note”

Doug Floyd

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funky faith friday

Posted by dturn on July 25, 2008

It’s been an interesting week.
These are some of the things that I am believing for:

1. A diverse group of people who are willing to turn Joliet upside down.
2. God to comfort all the parents who will send their kids to college for the first time.
3. I’m headed to Orlando sunday for work. I’d rather stay home. Pray for me.

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colorblind but not colorless

Posted by dturn on July 25, 2008


Phil Allen of Shepard of the Hills Church
this is one of the best spoken word pieces I have ever heard.
Let me know what you think.

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great meeting

Posted by dturn on July 25, 2008

I had a great meeting yesterday.
It’s amazing how God brings things together.
I was encouraged and felt an immeadiate boost in the church planting area.
I pray that this friendship/relationship will produce awesome results for the Kingdom

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on July 24, 2008

People don’t resist change, they resist being changed.

Walter Sonyi

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i am weak

Posted by dturn on July 23, 2008

Steven Furtick has a great post today about a subject that doesn’t get a lot of attention:

WEAKNESS

check it out here

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on July 22, 2008

“Fight as if you are right, listen as if you’re wrong”

Karl Weick

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