About Frank

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Frank Viola Author doesn’t operate this site. It’s a portal for his work online and in print.

Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. [Read more…]

Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

Another example that’s much more national. [Read more…]

JESUS NOW

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During His ministry on earth, Jesus of Nazareth spent most of His time healing the sick, casting out demons, training disciples, teaching the people, and preaching the kingdom of God. But what is Jesus Christ doing today? What is His present-day ministry?

In Jesus Now, bestselling author Frank Viola gives us the first comprehensive treatment of what Jesus has been doing since His ascension until His second coming. In an easy-to-read format, Viola explores the seven aspects of Christ’s ministry today and shows how each one benefits the saved and the unsaved.

Open these pages and discover what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing now and how it will impact your life.

Go to the JesusNow.tv for details and discounts.

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Speaking

FrankViolaImageFrank Viola Author doesn’t operate this site. It’s a portal for his work online and in print.

Frank Viola Author has spent many years speaking in living rooms, ministering the Lord to missional churches in the United States and overseas.

In this season of ministry, however, Frank is not taking invitations from groups that gather in homes. Instead, he is speaking in conferences and churches that exceed 200 in attendance.

He is also speaking in Bible schools, seminaries, and para-church organizations of any size.

Knowing this criteria, if you would like to invite Frank to speak at your event – be it a conference, church, Bible school, seminary, parachurch organization or chapel – or you wish to know where he is speaking next, click here to access his official speaking page.

Books

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Frank Viola Author’s book catalog and review.

Written by Donald Stevenson.

Viola’s work has been rightly described as a meticulous collection of light and shade.

Jesus Now – Viola’s 2014 release exploring the present-day ministry of Christ. A CBA best-seller, Jesus Now is a uniquely blended composition forging a creative exposition of the seven ministries of Jesus today. A fresh offering in a neglected genre and subject. Ground-breaking and sod-turning, written with stringent clarity and balance. “Tight but loose” describes this volume well.

God’s Favorite Place on Earth – Viola’s crowning achievement, released in 2013. A new kind of Christian literature called biblical narrative. The book broke new ground in forming an exotic stew of historical fiction, spiritual prose, and practical application. Spellbinding and unchartered, profound and moving, poetic and electrifying, the book marks the apex of Viola’s evolution as a writer. Laced with exquisite writing and sophisticated theological concepts woven into story, God’s Favorite Place is a stunningly elegant, magnificent and brilliant piece of work, a towering triumph in spiritual literature.

Jesus: A Theography – Released in 2012, Viola teams up with Leonard Sweet again to create a majestic, magisterial, astonishing tome that unfolds the Jesus story throughout the entire Bible. The book contains plenty of the old magic that is found in Jesus Manifesto, but it’s heavier, more crushing, pulsating and robust work. Viola’s rousing chapter on what Christ was doing before creation charts entirely new directions. Sweet’s chapter on the micro-view of the Genesis creation is a beautifully written lyric. The two literary titans have given the Christian audience another unique look at Jesus.

Revise Us Again – Incredibly edgy and on the money, this 2011 book hacks the victorious Christian life by presenting fresh and insightful chapters on neglected aspects of the spiritual journey. An atomic rethink that’s infectious. Some of the chapters push the boundaries with subtle brilliance.

Jesus Manifesto – A 2010 release, Viola teams up with Leonard Sweet for the first time. The book contains crushing power and clever riffs focusing on the captivating glories of Jesus. Chapter 2, “A Bottle in the Ocean,” is a composition that gradually builds its crescendo before culminating into a breathless climax. Chapter 3, “If God Wrote Your Biography,” is a uniquely creative piece that creates an other-worldly effect. The book’s tempo speeds up as its electrifying message unfolds. Viola and Sweet make for a poetic and prophetic pair, kicking the supremacy of Christ into the stratosphere. Presents Jesus beyond the realms of anything you could possibly imagine. The legacy of the Viola/Sweet brand stands unparalleled.

Finding Organic Church – Released in 2009, this is Viola’s final contribution in his “ReChurch” project. It’s the nots-and-bolts manual on Christian community and apostolic ministry. From its founding to its development and its perseverance. The book is dominated by Viola’s rich and varied experiences in Christian community. Yet it’s also packed full of Scripture, sketching out the consistent patterns contained, but not easily found, throughout the New Testament. A practical manual on founding Christian communities.

From Eternity to Here – This 2009 release is Viola’s magnum opus. A sublime and sophisticated spiritual progression built around a mesmerizing narrative. If it was a piece of music, it would contain a huge, epic sound. Some chapters are sprawling and searing. Others are calculated to deliver a swift kick to the solar plexus. A literary and theological masterpiece that highlights the hidden but obvious riches in God’s Word. The Viola opus hit the CBA best-seller list straight out of the gate. A landmark book on missional theology that’s unparalleled.

Reimagining Church – Released in 2008, Viola’s constructive sequel to the much-hailed Pagan Christianity, this book veers off into a more ambitious progression in ecclesiological thinking. The book combines gut-level experience, on-the-ground practicality, and razor-sharp biblical exegesis with high-octane theology. Edgy, raw and real. Viola is at the top of his game in this volume. It contains a power and clarity that’s startling.

Pagan Christianity – Released in 2008, this evocative title put Viola’s expertise in church history on the grid. Viola teamed up with research heavy-weight George Barna to create a formidable, devastating, prophetically written tour de force on ecclesiology. From the jolting opening to the challenging ending, this is a bittersweet, compelling, and dramatic progression of historical and challenging content. Love it or lump it, you can’t read it and remain settled. This book sparked a revolution that set the stage for Viola’s other groundbreaking works, establishing him as a voice that couldn’t be ignored. Pagan Christianity is milestone of raw passion and energy.

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church – This 2005 work will be revised and expanded by Viola in 2016. The first incarnation is an interesting and engaging saga of the early Christian church in chronological sequence, with history and sociological insights blended into the story. A tremendous calling card for Viola’s later works.

Frank Viola Author Discography

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Ego in God’s Work

There’s a great deal of ego bound up with Christian ministry today. And all who labor for the Lord can fall prey to it. But impressing people isn’t the name of the game. Today’s heroes are tomorrow’s zeroes. The story of Paul and Barnabas in Lystra teaches us this lesson in spades.

The story is found in Acts 14:11–19. In the space of nine verses, the same people who set out to worship Paul and Barnabas were ready to send them to their deaths.

What changed their minds about the two apostles so rapidly? The “evil report” (rumors) leveled by Paul’s detractors in Pisidian, Antioch, and Iconium.

Such is the nature of fallen mortals.

With that in view, here are some things that will help us keep perspective about who we’re actually serving:

Make a decision to live unto God rather than unto humans. Seek to please Him alone. As difficult as it is, lay down the desire to be a “human pleaser.” If you live to please humans, you’ll have your reward here and now.25 Learn the lesson of Lystra. Some who will sing your praises today will end up condemning you tomorrow. There is only five minutes between the compliment and the insult. As Kipling once put it in his poem If, triumph and disaster are two impostors that should be treated the same.

Ambition to become something great in the eyes of your fellow Christians and ambition to please the Lord are two very different things. True servanthood demands neither help nor attention. Deny the carnal temptation to impress mortals. Don’t worry about doing great feats for God. Instead, focus on taking steps to respond to Him in obedience. Those steps will add up eventually.

If you see someone doing or saying something that inspires and encourages you in the Lord, let them know about it. You don’t know what difference it could make in their lives. It may be a needed word given at the right moment. One of my spiritual disciplines (practices) is to express gratitude and appreciation to those who have touched or enriched my life in some way. I try to never let that slip.

An exhortation from one beggar to another: keep sacrificing. Keep losing. Keep laying your life down. Keep loving your enemies. Keep blessing those who despise you. Keep refusing to return fire upon those who bad-mouth you. Keep pouring your life into others, even if those people never acknowledge it and even if others never notice. Keep faithfully serving your Lord without looking back. Why? Because there is One who is watching. And only His opinion matters.

B. J. Hoff put it beautifully: “It matters not if the world has heard or approves or understands … the only applause we’re meant to seek is that of nail-scarred hands.”26

Notice how Jesus connects having faith with seeking God’s approval alone:

How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?27

To lose sight of this is to live on the human level where numbers, praises, and applause determine your happiness.

Learn to live before an Audience of One. May this be the hallmark of your life.
Mary knew this lesson well. And Martha eventually discovered it.

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So from this brief narrative, we discover several features about Bethany.

In Bethany Jesus Christ is completely received.

In Bethany, our chief priority is to sit at the Lord’s feet, hear His word, and respond.

In Bethany, our service flows from our communion with Christ. This is the source from which we receive His direction and draw upon His strength.

In Bethany, women are given the same privileges and the same status to be disciples as men.

In Bethany, our temperaments, dispositions, and motives are exposed, and transformation occurs.

In Bethany, we live for an Audience of One.

The Lord’s call for all of us in this hour is simply … be a Bethany.

Yet there are more lessons bound up in this little village . . .

Taken from God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola, author

Entering Into the Lord’s Sufferings

When you are rejected …

Remember that you are entering into the Lord’s own sufferings.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.13

For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.14

God allows rejection to come into our lives so that we may have the painful privilege of sharing in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. Through such sufferings, we understand more about our Lord and how He felt in His own afflictions.

Rejection from fellow Christians is part of that fellowship.

The Christian life is a reliving of the life of Jesus. So your destiny is His experience.

While we don’t experience His deity or His atoning sacrifice (both of which are unique to Him), we do enter into His sufferings, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension to heaven.

The Christian life holds for you all that it held for Christ.

This is from “God’s Favorite Place on Earth” by Frank Viola author

Lazarus Talks about His Village, Bethany

It’s been thirty years since I met Him. The day He first entered our home is etched in my mind forever. I shall never forswear those memories.

My sisters, Mary and Martha, are no longer with us. Neither is my father, Simon, whom Jesus healed of leprosy.

Most of the Teacher’s close disciples, all of whom I had the privilege of knowing, have rendered their lives for His Name’s sake.

A number of them committed to the written page their own encounters with Him. Words that I’ve read and consider to be God-breathed.

Since I am not sure how much longer I have left on this earth, I wish to leave behind the story of the times Jesus came to my hometown, Bethany, and of all the people He forever changed while He was here.

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The One who lived before the earth existed spent only thirty-three years on the planet. And God gave me the unique honor of sharing some of those years with Him.

I did not know it at the time, but the Galilean prophet was rejected everywhere He went. When I discovered this, the irony dawned on me.

Here was the God of the universe, clothed in human flesh, turned down, cast away, dejected in nearly every quarter in which He stepped.

The Creator was rejected by His own creation.

When He was born, Bethlehem closed its doors to Him. So He came into the world in the place where animals were fed.

Luke always had an eye for detail. In his recent narrative about the Savior, he wrote,

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.1

But that’s not all. When He was two years old the government hunted Him down like an animal. Consider it. The Son of God—a mere child—treated like a dangerous creature unworthy of breath. Matthew recounted the sad ordeal:

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.2

When He began His public ministry, He was rejected by His own people—my people—the Jews.

John set it forth this way in his account:

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.3

Jesus was despised, rejected, and belittled by the Jewish elite who dominated Jerusalem. They eventually colluded with the Romans and put Him to death. Yet with gripping pain and sorrow, He still loved the city that betrayed Him. Matthew rehearsed His prayer in his narrative:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.4

 When He sought entrance into the despised region of Samaria, the Samaritans rejected Him also. Luke told the story, saying,

And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.5

 He was even rejected by His own hometown, Nazareth, the place where He grew up. Mark captured the scene in his gospel:

“Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”6

Here was the earth’s Creator. The One who made all things and for whom all things were made … unwelcomed by the very world that came from His hand.

I’m reduced to tears every time I think about it; there was only one exception to this widespread rejection.

Throughout His short time on earth, my sisters and I determined that there would be one place where Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God, would be welcomed.

A little village called Bethany.

My hometown.

God’s favorite place on earth.

Let me tell you the story …

From the early draft of God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola, author.

The Two Violas

Napkin Scribbles by Leonard Sweet – The Two Violas – Transcript

September 18th 2008

Hello, you’re listening to “Napkin Scribbles;” thoughtful sketches of God and life from thinker and author Leonard Sweet. Len’s verbal imagery is being shared with you through the generous support of George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland Oregon. George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a matter of mind and spirit. Now, let’s sit down with Leonard Sweet, wherever in the world he is.

I’m like a little kid sometimes. You know, I discover something, and then I can’t go anywhere without it. I want to be with it all times, and I’m kind of that way today because I left a book behind. There are two Violas that I’m desperately hunting after and trying to read everything that I can to keep up with them. One is the video artist Bill Viola. I don’t know if you are familiar with this sound architect, this video artist. He is a classic; one of a kind. Orchestras are experimenting with video and film to keep people coming. And they are using Bill Viola’s work. I think his new kind of artistry that he is pioneering is one that people will be talking about in the future. But there is another Viola, and it’s Frank Viola. He pronounces his name a little differently, I think.

But these two Violas are both paradigm busters. Frank Viola is, I think, the reigning paradigm buster around today. Do you know the whole organic church movement? I think you know about the church growth emphasis in the 70’s and 80’s, and then the church health emphasis in the 90’s. I think what we are seeing today is a real kind of healthy movement towards organic church. You have names associated with it: Neil Cole, Joe Myers, Wolfgang Simpson, Alan Hirsch. The one that seems to get left out a lot, but ought to be right in there with the rest of them is Robert Dale, whose writings on organic church are very significant, I think.

But the other name that you often don’t hear, but it needs to be put in that context, is Frank Viola. Here is somebody who wrote this book with George Barna called Pagan Christianity. Actually he is the one who did most of the work on it. He did most of the research on it. But his follow-up book is called Reimagining Church. It just came out not too long ago. If you want a paradigm-busting book that’s it. I’ve been taking this book with me. I’ve assigned it to my students. Unfortunately I’ve left it, so I’m kind of without my “blanket.” Is there a role for professional clergy? Well, guess what Frank Viola says? Is there a role for institutional churches? Well, guess what Frank Viola says? Is there a role for even the individual Christian? Is there even a concept or is there such a thing as the individual Christian? Well, guess what Frank Viola says? It’s half time, things aren’t going well, you’re losing the game, and the coach comes in and says, “You know what? It’s back to basics.” It’s half time. The Church isn’t doing well; Frank Viola comes in and says, “It’s back to basics.”

This is kind of my “back to basics” person and writer. You just need to know about him and about his work.

The other thing I like about Frank and Frank’s work is that wherever he ends up, you always know where he is going to end up. Even though he rattles the cages and shakes the foundations and everything comes toppling down, you always know what’s going to be left. What’s going to be left is Christ. Not the dead Jesus, but the living Christ. Not, “let’s go back to Jesus,” but “let’s go forward to where He already is in this future. “ The living Christ is pulling us, pulling us, not pushing us from behind, but pulling us from up forward. I think this is a critique of the whole organic church movement. We can get very mechanistic with the organic. We approach the organic in a very mechanistic way. Not Frank. He’s organic all the way down; organic all the way towards the very organism of Jesus Christ. Incarnation is all about the downward bend. God came down. How far down? All the way down.

The question of Jesus’ ministry that He asks all of us – and the question of the living Christ – is pulling us towards. How far down are you willing to go? How far down are you willing to go? Jesus said drink deep of the living water, all the way down. Jesus went all the way down to His hands and knees, getting His hands wet and dirty; His knees on the ground washing His disciples’ feet. Are we willing to come all the way down? Church, are we willing to drink deep the living water? That water is Christ.

I’m one freed ear, missing his book that he left behind in Cleveland Tennessee.

Leonard Sweet You’ve been listening to “Napkin Scribbles.” To find out more about George Fox Evangelical Seminary, see them on the web at seminary.georgefox.edu.

A Jesus Response to the Race Problem & Ferguson

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For members of the human species, perception is reality. At least that’s the way it is for most mortals.

And perception is shaped by our own experience, the experience of our peers, and the images and messages that we consume.

When the O.J. Simpson trial aired on public television some 20 years ago, I followed it closely. When the verdict of “not guilty” was announced, the majority of the black community celebrated. The majority of the white community was baffled. To their minds, O.J. got away with murder.

Why the drastically different perceptions?

Because of experience.

Toward Understanding Reactions

Just a few years before the O.J. trial, Rodney King – a black man – had been beaten mercilessly by police, and it was caught on video. A few years later, the police who were involved in the beating were acquitted.

Blacks felt another injustice had taken place against their people.

Consequently, when O.J. was acquitted, the feeling in the black community was, “Finally, a black man has finally been set free by the system. We got some justice!”

For many blacks, the verdict was personal. A setting “right” to the many “wrongs” of the past.

Reaction to the Simpson trial is a small snapshot of what’s at work in the hearts and minds of many black Americans today. Living from a lineage of hundreds of years of oppression, the perception that many blacks have is that most (or even all) whites are racist on some level and the American justice system is dialed against blacks as a people. Right or wrong, true or untrue, this perception is deeply ingrained, reinforced, and passed on.

Some whites, on the other hand, have suffered personal tragedies at the hands of criminals who happened to be black. And that has defaulted their perception to one of fear, suspicion, and thinking the worst of black males in general. Stereotypes on television and movies have only hammered that nail in deeper.

If a local police force has battled with a great deal of crime in a particular black community, their perceptions are set to be suspicious of all black men. The deck, then, is set against all black males, even those who are upstanding citizens. Black fathers are forced to have talks with their young sons to be on their guard that a police officer may automatically assume them of wrong doing and be inclined to use excessive force, where if they were white they wouldn’t have to worry.

Toward Empathy

Having been falsely accused myself at different times in my life, I can relate in some measure to the horrendous experience that many black males feel.

When I was 17 years old, I was driving home from a Bible study I attended that ended well past midnight. As I neared my house, I was caught in a line of traffic. I soon discovered that police officers were pulling teens — my peers — off the side of the road to inspect their cars. Some were being arrested. Apparently, there was a party that had just broken up where illegal drugs were in use.

When one of the officers made his way to my car, he immediately accused me of participating in the party. I explained that I had just come from a Bible study. He laughed in complete disbelief. I then handed him my Bible, naively thinking that it would compel him to question his assumption.

He pointed his flashlight at the floor of the back-seat and said, “Yea right, and I see those marijuana leaves in the floor back there.” There were some bush leaves in the back-seat floor as it was the fall and leaves were transported from the my friend’s shoes to the floor. (In other words, I did a lousy job keeping my car clean!) I explained that they were bush leaves, and invited him to inspect them himself.

He retorted with, “Yea, right.” Anyways, I must have convinced him because he left me go.

But that day I got a small taste of what it means to be “profiled” with a group of my peers.

Granted, the reason why I was profiled is because many of my peers were in fact committing a crime that night in a certain section of town. I was the same age and in that same part of town.

I don’t think the police officer who got it wrong where I was concerned was a teen ageist (meaning, I don’t think he was bigoted against high school teens). Rather, he probably made so many busts with teens who used marijuana that he was more likely to be suspicious of a teen in that part of town that night than if I were in my 40s.

Undoubtedly, this principle operates when police officers “profile” people of a certain race or age. It doesn’t necessarily mean that every police officer who is suspicious of someone who belongs to a certain peer group is a racist or ageist bigot. It could mean that they are stereotyping based on majority numbers in their personal experience. This is wrong as well, but it’s different from being a bigot who believes that all people of a certain race or age are inferior to them.

The Reality of Privilege

The fact of the matter is this: In 21st century America, if you happen to be born white, you don’t have the same issues to deal with that those who are black have to contend with. The deck is set against you in ways you are probably aren’t in touch with.

Overall, you — as a white person — have it easier to be successful.

Now that fact is not an excuse for violence, revenge, or bigotry against whites. It’s just the way things are in this fallen world. Note that I’m speaking in generalities here. If you’re black and born into a rich family, you’re an exception. And you probably have it better than most whites.

However, until Jesus Christ returns to set this world in order, I don’t see things changing too much for many years to come. Yes, we’ll have more legislation. Yes, we’ll have a more sensitive egg-shell situation on both sides. And yes, we’ll probably have more dialogue where blacks and whites can better understand one another.

But I don’t believe there is a solution that’s going to end fear, suspicion, injustice, or all the problems that have arisen to the surface once again from the recent Ferguson incident. There will be other incidents to come that will roll the same ball again.

If someone is offering solutions, then I (for one) am monumentally skeptical. It’s easy to offer abstract solutions on paper. “If everyone would do such and such, this wouldn’t happen again.”

Why, of course.

I can do that too. If every mortal followed Jesus of Nazareth and lived by His life, then there would virtually no relational problems among mortals. But bloodless abstractions and what will actually work on the ground are two drastically different things.

What I can offer, however, is what I believe to be a “Jesus response” to the root problem.

And I’m speaking here on a level that transcends the local Ferguson incident, the outcome of which is yet to be determined.

A Jesus Response

The Jesus response, I believe, is for every genuine Jesus follower to understand that our perceptions are shaped by our experiences. And for us and others, perception is reality, even though it may not be God’s reality.

One of the things that the early Jesus followers taught and practiced is that Jesus Christ can transform one’s own personal perceptions, heal their reactions to their experiences, and replace their perceptions with HIS perception — which is truth and reality.

Although the first-century Christians still struggled with their past perceptions of race, namely, Jews hated Gentiles and Gentiles despised Jews, those perceptions had crumbled under the weight of the reality of the new humanity that Jesus Christ brought forth by His death and resurrection.

The result? The world was amazed to see — for the very first time — the two people-groups who lived with profound hatred and hostility toward one another for thousands of years (Jews and Gentiles) love one another, take care of one another, marry one another, and bury one another!

Indeed, the first-century ekklesia was a countercultural community that modeled to the entire universe what humanity can look like when it is reshaped by the power and love of Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus Christ is not only the Lord and Savior of the world, He’s also God’s idea of a human being. Jesus often referred to Himself as “the Son of man” which can rightly be translated “the real human.”

And in His death and resurrection, Jesus brought forth a new creation, a new humanity, a new “race” where all natural divisions, prejudices, and separations have been abolished.

In other words, God’s answer to the problem of race relations in America is an transformative encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and an experience of His ekklesia, rightly conceived and rightly practiced.

On this score, Derwin Gray – a black pastor from North Carolina – and I coauthored an article that we feel is timeless in its message, for it embodies a “Jesus response” to the thorny issue of racial struggles and perceptions in America and the world.

Here it is . . .

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today 

The Zimmerman trial and the tragedy that surrounds it has captured the world’s attention. Including that of the body of Christ.

Media coverage has heightened passions on both ends. Conversations about race, law, injustice, prejudice, guns, etc. are all being argued and inflamed.

In this article, we don’t want to weigh in on the public debate. Instead, our passion is to encourage God’s people everywhere to transcend the debate that the world is holding on its own terms by seeing ethnicity through the eyes of our Lord. There is only one race, the human race, which is comprised of different ethnic groups (Acts 17:26).

We want you, dear Christian, to take your cue from the New Testament believers, for they can teach us a great deal about this subject.

A Walk Into the First-Century Church

The world of the first-century was littered with racism and oppression. In the mind of a first-century Jew, Gentiles (Africans, Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Asians, etc.) were created to fuel the fires of hell. [Read more…]

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From The Christian Post:

Frank Viola is the author of many books on the deeper Christian life, including the CBA Bestsellers “Jesus Now” and “From Eternity to Here.” His blog, frankviola.org, is ranked in the top 5 of all Christian blogs on the Web and it has over 80,000 monthly readers.