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  1. On the Road Again… | Creator Magazine
    On the Road Again… | Creator Magazine November 4, 2013 at 4:02 am |

    […] here (wherever here is…) the site is still churning out the great content you are expecting. Today’s article is the third in Randall Bradley’s important series of paradigm challenging articles on […]

  2. Glenn
    Glenn November 4, 2013 at 11:53 am |

    Just as the intentional, Unintentional Segregation based upon Ethnicity is alive and well. And so it shall be for as long as there is time.
    My black brothers in Christ don’t want to attend my church and it is not because they are not welcome to do so. We are just plain boring to them. A Motet to them is a sister from Motown.

    My Mexican pals could care less about spending an hour with me and my folks at my church. Their love for Jesus doesn’t have that much patience and we speak much too slowly.
    The good news is that it works both ways. I am not ready to give 3 hours to worship and I need much more quite and solitude than they typically offer. I don’t like to be yelled at in a sermon, but this is often an essential for them.

    I love to visit, but I don’t want to live there.

    Did not the churches of Rome and Asia have their own peculiarities?

    Our unforced segregation’s are healthy. The Christ we love is no less the Lord of his Church because we have cultural and stylistic preferences that vary to levels of disassociation. We will not become more spiritual and Christlike because we try to force such disparate harmonies.

    As our country becomes more and more ethnically mixed we can find this potpourri refreshing. Eurocentric and Afrocentric cultures blend to a point in the USA until the intrinsic values become an inevitable distinction and a notable divide. This is how we can all love Clint Black and Aretha Franklin and yet own but one of their albums.

    I am personally much more concerned with social and economically induced segregation. Here we find no way escaping the judgement of God (James 1&5)
    In the scriptures there is only one race of people -HUMAN- and there is to be an acceptance of all, especially the poor, lame and downtrodden.
    May our churches all continue their works of acceptance and unity, and may they do it intentionally.
    Glenn Harrell

  3. Exploring Gender | Creator Magazine
    Exploring Gender | Creator Magazine January 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm |

    […] and you can read my articles about Worship Segregation here, Music Style Segregation here, Racial Segregation here, and Economic Segregation […]

  4. Sexual Orientation | Creator Magazine

    […] more complex than other segregated components of the church’s life addressed in this series – race, age, gender, economic status, musical style, and political – because for many, affirming a […]

  5. Rich Church/Poor Church | Creator Magazine

    […] The economic segregation within American churches is widespread, deeply rooted, and valiantly defended. Few issues within churches have more power to elicit justification than discussions of economic status – particularly those that question our comfort – physically or emotionally. While all segregation in worship is inter-related, in this fourth installment in the “Segregating Worship Series,” we will explore the impact of economic segregation. You can read my articles about Worship Segregation here, Music Style Segregation here, and Racial Segregation here. […]