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Jesus and the Gentiles

Jesus and the Gentiles

With the recent spate of racial protests in many cities, and violence in others, some might think these racial issues are fictions conjured up by politicians or the media. The reality is that in-group bias and racial prejudice are pervasive, and as old as humanity.

Hosanna!!

Hosanna!!

With racial issues dominating our news as of late, I thought this would be a good time to explore what the Bible has to say about the subject. Actually, the Bible has a lot to say about race. Three main theological threads appear interwoven throughout scripture — one of those threads is racial reconciliation.

Fatherless Elephants

Fatherless Elephants

About five years ago, I came across a fascinating 60 Minutes story by Bob Simon that could easily serve as a modern day parable. In South Africa's Pilanesberg Park, an endangered species of white rhinos were thriving until an unknown killer began stalking them....

Our Forgotten Past

Our Forgotten Past

There was a person from Lafayette of historic significance who has gone virtually unnoticed: Christiana Gordon Smith.  If you were to Google her name, you would find only nine results.  Her name is not mentioned in any Civil Rights Museum.  Every day, hundreds of...

New Hope News December 2014

New Hope News December 2014

  With Open Arms December 2014                                                                                                              Volume 4, Issue 6 When we started our program four years ago, most of the 16 children in our program had significant anger...

New Hope News November 2014

New Hope News November 2014

The Lost Boys November 2014                                                                                                              Volume 4, Issue 5 In January 2013, one of our new students was a fourth grade boy, T. This little 10 year-old had been hanging...