A Many Colored Kingdom
How do ethnic and cultural diversity affect spiritual formation? The authors of A Many Colored Kingdom explore Christian formation and teaching in the church, with a particular focus on intercultural and interethnic relationships. Well-qualified to speak on issues of diversity,...
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How do ethnic and cultural diversity affect spiritual formation? The authors of A Many Colored Kingdom explore Christian formation and teaching in the church, with a particular focus on intercultural and interethnic relationships. Well-qualified to speak on issues of diversity, the authors describe relevant aspects of their own personal journeys; key issues emerging from their studies and teaching germane to race, culture, and ethnicity; and teaching implications that bring right practice to bear on church ministry. A final chapter contains a conversation among the authors responding to one another's insights and concerns. This book will be required reading for those engaged in as well as those preparing for a life of teaching and ministry in our increasingly multicultural world.
S. Steve Kang is coordinator for interdisciplinary studies and assistant professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College.
"A Many Colored Kingdom is a creative, well researched, and biblically and theologically grounded work. This cooperative effort of three rising scholars in Christian education provides new insights for both theory and practice in global perspective. The book is a pathbreaking work for the mission of faithfully honoring and fostering the multicultural kingdom of God in our churches, classrooms, and communities. It sets a high standard for future scholarship and deserves to be widely read."--Robert W. Pazmino, Andover Newton Theological School"Prejudice and racism are critical issues facing the church in North America. How it deals with these will profoundly affect its witness in an increasingly divided and polarizing world. The authors of this book take important first steps in helping us listen to one another and think biblically about the issues that divide us. We must begin to live the gospel in our relationships, for this is a powerful testimony to the transforming power of God to make us a new people united in love."--Paul G. Hiebert, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School"A Many Colored Kingdom is a rich book that engages theological, educational, and cultural wisdoms. Although this book is written for evangelical Christian communities, it has much to teach those of us from other perspectives. I learned a great deal from this book. Beginning with introductory stories by its authors, A Many Colored Kingdom shares the sorrows and even agonies of Christians who have experienced disrespect from other Christians. This book not only helps North American Christians to recognize and repent from the cultural imperialism that still marks our understanding and telling of the gospel, but it also celebrates the amazing gift that the many colors in the Kingdom bring to the fullness of the gospel."--Carol Lakey Hess, Claremont School of Theology"For its honesty and its poignant testimony about multicultural ministry in evangelical churches, this book deserves a place within the ongoing conversation about the role of church education in our multicultural world."--Fernando A. Cascante, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education"Coauthors Conde-Frazier, Kang, and Parrett have managed to interlace their respective journeys, theological paradigms, and practical experiences in pursuing and promoting spiritual formation within the unexplored realm of multiculturalism. As a fellow pilgrim on this road, I believe A Many Colored Kingdom is a seminal work, written with great clarity and insight and from real experience."--Ken Fong, senior pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church, Los Angeles"A Many Colored Kingdom is a treasure trove of insight regarding Christian living and spiritual formation. The authors are real with their readers--attuned to their own journeys with God and culture and emboldened by visions of 'a many colored kingdom.' This book is a gift to evangelical and other Christian communities, contributing to the hoped-for kingdom the authors proclaim and the ongoing conversation regarding Christianity and cultural diversity."--Mary Elizabeth Moore, Candler School of Theology, Emory University "A Many Colored Kingdom brilliantly engages us with the question of how communities of faith might live authentically in the kingdom of God while defying the racism, classism, and sexism of North American culture. The authors offer a tapestry of biblical, theological, and educational ideas that are powerful, personal, and poetic. This book calls us to address the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity with those preparing for church leadership in theological education."--Evelyn L. Parker, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University"Through its thoughtful yet practical ministry insights, A Many Colored Kingdom can help us move reconciliation to a new level. I highly recommend it."--John Perkins, author and activist
Conde-Frazier is assistant professor of religious education at Claremont School of Theology.
Gary A. Parrett (Ed.D., Columbia) is professor of educational ministries and worship and chair of the Division of Ministry of the Church at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Caucasian married to a Korean-American, who has pastored several Korean-American churches and is currently on staff at a multiethnic church. He is a co-author of A Many Colored Kingdom (Baker, 2004) and Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with S. Steve Kang.
S. Steve Kang (Ph.D., Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) is associate professor of educational ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Unveiling the Socioculturally Constructed Multivoiced Self (University Press of America, 2002), A Many Colored Kingdom (Bakerbooks, 2004) and is co-editor of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press), 2005) and co-author of Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with Gary A. Parrett