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Marcus Schrader

That Was a God Thing

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I’m sure we have all heard someone say at least once in our lives “that was a God thing” or something similar. There are books with that as a title, many sermons with that phrase as the series title, and even videos that you can watch which share many stories that are incredible, amazing, and encouraging. Certainly every believer has experienced a few “that was a God thing” moments, if not many already. Of course, the greatest of all of these “God moments” would be the time that we came to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As you study the Scriptures and grow in your understanding of biblical doctrine and theology, you will begin to understand, appreciate, and relish just how much a “that was a God thing” moment your conversion truly was.

 God’s Provision

Speaking of “that was a God thing” moment, I am reminded of the life and testimony of the great George Mueller from the 1800’s. Yes, God was doing some amazing things in the 1800’s just like He does in every age. As this man of God followed the call to minister to the thousands of orphans in England, God worked daily in miraculous ways. There are so many amazing stories of “God things” in the life and ministry of George Mueller that it would make even a hardcore, introverted, pessimistic, rigid, skeptic shout “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

In an article at www.christianity.com entitled, “George Mueller, Orphanages Built by Prayer,” the following story is shared where the orphans at his orphanage did not have any food to eat one morning. They were dressed and ready to start their day, but they had no food. When George was informed of this problem, he asked that the 300 children be seated in the dining room. He prayed to God, thanked Him for the food, and then they all proceeded to wait. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door and shared with George that he couldn’t fall asleep last night so he starting baking bread for the children and was there to deliver 3 batches to them. Right after that there was another knock on the door and it “just so happened” to be the milkman whose cart had broken down in front of the orphanage, and he informed George that he was giving the children the milk because it would all spoil before he could get the cart fixed and milk delivered to the customers. The milk and bread was just enough to feed the 300 children that particular morning and was yet another instance of God’s provision for them. If you want to read more about this great man of faith go to http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/george-mueller-orphanages-built-by-prayer-11634869.html and enjoy a short, faith building article about George Muller.

 Starbucks Encounter

As I think of different “God thing” moments in my life, one that stands out occurred two years ago. My wife and I had traveled through the night having left Indianapolis late on Friday to get to a Saturday wedding in Burlington, NC. As we were arriving, I asked my wife if she wanted me to stop at the Starbucks coming up at the next exit. Of course, we were both very tired from driving through the night, but there was a Starbucks a few miles down the road closer to our destination and I thought she would just say that we should wait until our exit. Well, she said “Yes” about 100 feet or so from the exit. I quickly made my way to the exit and into the Starbucks parking lot. When I walked into the Starbucks there was only one customer sitting by himself. I turned around and discovered that Jennifer was still in the car organizing some things and not right behind me so I decided to talk briefly to this man sitting in Starbucks. To make a long story short, this man, Malcolm Henderson, was a doctor/surgeon from Chicago who was currently a missionary in Haiti. In our brief talk I discovered he was married, had four children, and had left everything behind in the States to serve God in Haiti.

As we were leaving with our tall coffee and tall white chocolate mocha, I mentioned to this man that if he and his family were ever in Indianapolis he had a place to stay and fellowship. That is not how I would typically end a conversation with a random person in a random Starbucks on a Saturday morning in town in North Carolina. However, God was at work and He knew that two years later, this “chance” encounter would be responsible for myself and many others experiencing life changing mission trips to Haiti with the Charis 4 Haiti ministry (http://www.charis4haiti.com). I have had the privilege of going to Haiti four times with two of my children, my brother, my best man from my wedding, and countless other church members, CBC students and staff, Verity students, and my closest brothers in Christ that I have in my life!

My wife and I consider the Henderson family as one of our closest family friends, and I would not exchange the lessons learned in these past two years for anything. I have become very close to Malcolm, have experienced another world with some of my closest brothers and sisters in Christ, and have seen God move and work in ways that I would not have experienced without this “that was a God thing” encounter in the summer of 2014 at a Starbucks in North Carolina.

 God Is at Work!

As I close, I want to encourage all of you to thank God for the “it’s a God thing” moments you have had in the past and pray that when God moves in the future you see Him moving and you allow Him to do what only He can do. When God is at work, you cannot stop it, predict it, or improve on it. I thank God for what He has done in my life, for what He has done in your life, and for what He is going to do in all of our lives in the future. To those doubters, haters, and scoffers who don’t believe in this spiritual reality, all I can say in a loving response is “It’s a God thing, you wouldn’t understand it, but I hope you eventually do.”


Richard Green

From the Navy to Crossroads: Getting to Know Richard Green

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A Word from Your CBC Team: With this blog post, we officially and publicly welcome Richard Green to the Crossroads Bible College Team. We won’t tell you what Richard’s role is…but if you read his entire post, you’ll find out directly from Richard!

All Glory to God

 While serving in the military for 20 years, I always had a knack for making others sound great on evaluations. It is describing myself on paper that has always been difficult. I continue to struggle with this, but I am proud to post this information because truly I am giving glory to God who has made all things possible and giving thanks to my beautiful bride, Christy, who supports me continuously.

I am from a very small town in Mississippi called Yazoo City. It is the last town traveling west after leaving the capital city before entering the Delta. It is mostly agricultural. My early years were spent farming, creek hopping, and just being a kid. We had little, but we had enough! Let me assure you, life is interesting in a small town especially when everyone, and I mean everyone, knows your mom. I was adopted by my paternal grandparents at a very young age.

At age 14, I learned a greater adoption had taken place when I asked Christ into my life after attending a youth camp. I have come to understand being a Christian is a lifelong journey where our challenge and charge is to fulfill the Great Commission of reaching everyone with the good news of Jesus Christ. God provided exceedingly in the small town I grew up in.

College, the Navy, and Beyond…

 After high school, I attended a community college about an hour away for a year before leaving for the greatest Navy in the world. The plan was to serve for a couple of years then separate and attend college. Plans do change…

A year after joining, I met my future bride, married, and we began our family. The Lord would bless us with six children (3 boys, 3 girls). Since both of us were adopted by grandparents, there was always a longing for us to bless another child the way we were blessed. My wife obviously had the intention of blessing multiple children as our initial discussion was about one child. Now we have three adopted children. We love having a large family! Two of our children would be considered by society as “special needs” although most would never know. My wife has been instrumental in campaigning for children requiring certain services. As a result, our children have received the costly and intensive counseling needed to assist them in preparing for life as young men. God has journeyed with us through the valleys, as well as stood with us upon the mountain tops.

While serving in the Navy for 20 years, we were blessed to serve in local churches/chapels around the world including London, Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Illinois. It was during this time that I felt the leading of the Lord to serve Him in any way He chose. My ministries over the years have included teaching small groups, leading evangelism outreach programs, co-coordinating conferences, serving as the Lay Leader (Chaplain) aboard two ships conducting Sunday services and evening prayers, serving on various committees, being a deacon, preaching, and various other ministries. Currently I am the Education Director of my church and also assist a church plant.

In the military, there is your main job and then there are other jobs at times totaling eight or more hats worn at one time. My twenty-year career began as an Undesignated Seaman. Basically, I joined without a job title. Later, upon reaching the E-6 rank, I wanted to become a Command Career Counselor (CCC). Basically, a CCC’s work relates to everything in a Sailor’s career (i.e. education, retention, retirement, advancement, or clearance would come through my office). It was often joked whether a Sailor was happy or mad that it was my fault! It took lots of studying and many verbal boards by those well above my paygrade, but ultimately I was approved. This new job meant I only worked for two people at any command—the top officer and the top enlisted. This was an extremely challenging job, but each morning I put my feet on the floor and could not wait to get to work. I loved it! I loved the interaction with each Sailor despite their rank, and I loved assisting them from beginning to end of each area of their career.

During my last shore tour in the Navy, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University. Later I would finish my Master of Arts in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a teaching accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International. Currently, I am completing a Master of Divinity in Leadership also from Southern Seminary. It is my belief we never stop learning. Whether enrolled in higher education or walking through an exegetical study of the Bible, there is always something new to learn!

At the end of my final tour in the Navy (Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, IL) I was offered the newest carrier (USS Gerald R. Ford) to be the lead CCC and my last advancement (E-9) was guaranteed. But twenty years of moving across oceans with many children and animals in tow, mostly alone, had taken its toll on my lovely bride. Christy has always been my biggest advocate, my loudest cheerleader, and my strongest supporter, but she was ready for a change in my work. So, May 2013, I left the Navy and settled into my new role at Indianapolis University Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI) as the Testing Coordinator. Our team was responsible for campus-wide classroom assessment. It was a major shift in pace from what I had become accustomed to, but God allowed this change in pace so I could become a more active husband and father. I am very grateful for the leadership at IUPUI Testing Center who extended me this opportunity to serve immediately following my transition from the military.

Serving Christ at Crossroads

 It is my honor to now be serving as Dean of Enrollment Management (EM) and to be a part of the great team at Crossroads Bible College. Two years ago while completing an assignment for a class, I met Dr. Piotrowski. I was impressed by Crossroads Bible College’s staff. The professionalism and customer service shown to me that day left a lasting impression. I remember leaving that day thinking how wonderful it would be to join their team one day.

God works in many ways!

One of the happiest moments in my ministry was when I learned I had been selected to serve as Crossroads’ new Dean. Not only has God allowed me join His team at Crossroads, but also the opportunity to work alongside the students, parents, community leaders, alumni, ministry leaders, staff, and faculty. I am honored!

The vision of the EM team is to work as a cohesive unit to fulfill the mission of Crossroads Bible College: “To glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.”

May God receive the glory!


David Selvey

Riding in God’s Wagon

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A Word from Your CBC Team: With this blog post, we officially and publicly welcome David Selvey to the Crossroads Bible College Team. We won’t tell you what David’s role is…but if you read his entire post, you’ll find out directly from David!

My Wagon Ride with Christ

As I sit at my desk at Crossroads Bible College, I am overcome, humbled, and awed at the journey upon which God has carried me. Years ago, a dear brother in Moldova said to me, “We need to see where God’s wagon is going and ask if we can get on board to ride with Him.”

I have to say that riding in God’s wagon is amazing! Over my lifetime, I have often ridden in my own wagon, but I have experienced the most joy when I found God’s wagon and got onboard.

I rode in my wagon all the time for the first sixteen years of my life. God blessed me with a Christian mom and a tolerant father and I accepted Christ as my Savior at sixteen. I was in God’s wagon for a bit, but didn’t know how to stay in it. For a newly saved teenager in the turbulent seventies, the ride was bumpy and I wasn’t sure how to hang on. I don’t mean my salvation. That was secured by Christ. I mean I didn’t know how to stay in God’s wagon. Sometimes, I didn’t even realize I had bounced out of His wagon and was riding in my own or walking down the path of life oblivious to God’s plan.

Yet, God was working His plan. I’m so thankful that I am not powerful enough to ruin His plan for me! As I moved beyond high school, I focused on my wagon. I didn’t even look for God’s wagon. However, that was not a problem for God. He simply twisted the road to take me where He wanted me to go!

I joined the Air Force upon graduation from high school, partly to learn a trade and partly for the educational benefits. God used my Air Force career to provide me with several blessings: a godly wife, more cross-cultural exposure, high tech training, and a college education. While in Spain in the Air Force, I participated in planting a church for the US military stationed at Torrejón Air Base. God also blessed us with two children while we were stationed in Spain. That was when I started looking for what God was doing and where His wagon was going so I could get on board.

Sensing God’s calling to ministry, I attended a Christian University and Seminary, earning a B.A. in Bible and a M.R.E. with an emphasis on adult Christian education. God blessed Kathy and me with two more children and graciously allowed me to serve in many evangelistic and teaching ministries during those years. He also gave me the honor of serving as a pastor for three of those years. God’s wagon then took us to Spain to serve as missionaries.

God gave me the amazing opportunity to serve as the director of the Baptist Bible Institute of Torrejón. During that time He enabled me to develop curriculum for training pastors and church leaders. I had realized my dream, yet all was not well and it took a while for me to realize I was habitually getting out of God’s wagon to take my own excursions.

God Got My Attention 

God orchestrated circumstances, as only He can, to get my attention. My children were rebelling and did not respect me; my wife could not stand to be around me; and I was losing the ability to keep it together among my peers. My hypocrisy was slowly being exposed.

I finally admitted I was trying to do everything in my own power. I could not even see God’s wagon, much less get in it! When I confessed and repented of my pride, surrendered to God’s patient prodding, and pleaded for God’s help, He brought His wagon into view once again.

We went to Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana, for biblical counseling. God was working in our lives and it was clear that His wagon for us was parking in Lafayette. If I wanted to ride in His wagon, I would have to be willing to sit in a wagon that did not appear to be going anywhere. I had prepared academically for ten years to serve in the Bible Institute in Spain. I had spent three years raising support for our family to go to Spain as missionaries. Surely God did not want me to stay in Lafayette and work a secular job. Yet that is where God’s wagon was, and I decided I wanted to ride in His wagon.

I then made the most difficult decision of my life. I resigned from our mission agency and took a job to support my family while we healed, learned, and grew in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the blessings of sitting in that parked wagon include the salvation of our oldest daughter, the healing of our marriage, the healing of my relationship with our children, and a true surrender to God’s plan for my life.

For my first five years at Faith Church, I served as God brought opportunities my way. I wanted His wagon to go down the missionary road, but it didn’t. It took every bit of that five years for me to get to the place where I could consistently, confidently, and joyfully say, “God, I fully surrender to your will for me, whether it includes missions or not, even if it means staying in Lafayette for the rest of my life.” Then I heard the wheels on God’s wagon creaking. It was moving forward once again and I was in it!

God led me to start a contracting business so I could manage my own schedule to attend my children’s extra-curricular events and serve in ministry. God allowed me to work with the church missions committee and then to lead the missions ministry of Faith Baptist Church. God allowed me to influence the advance of the missions ministry and its awareness among our congregation.

During my years there, God used me to start the International Partnerships ministry, which includes partnerships with established churches in other countries, the goal of which is to strengthen those churches. That ministry has grown to include countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. God also invited me to lead the establishment and development of Faith Global Missions as an evangelical mission agency.

God’s Wagon Ride to Crossroads 

In July 2016, I accepted the invitation of Dr. Charles Ware to join the team at Crossroads Bible College as the Director of Institutional Advancement. I love the multicultural environment of the school and look forward to helping it advance in training urban ministry leaders and biblical counselors.


The House that Buck Built

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A Word from Your Crossroads Team: You’re reading the fifth post in a series of blogs we are writing on the topic of Celebrating Black History Month. During our series in February, you’ll enjoy posts from Dr. Park, Dr. Ware, Dr. Badal, Dr. Kellemen, Professor Baxter, Dean Schrader, and our Registrar—Dountonia Batts. This series, like everything we do at Crossroads Bible College is designed to glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

For our first post, by Dr. Park, visit The God-Created Worth of All People. For our second post, by President Ware, visit Color Me Love. For our third post by VP Kellemen, visit 4 Portraits of Gospel-Centered Black Church History. For our fourth post by Professor Baxter, visit Black History as American History. 

An African American Hero 

I recently finished reading the book by Joe Posnanski (2007), The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O’Neil’s America. The book is fascinating because I enjoy the game of baseball, history, and the Chicago Cubs. There’s something about those three combinations that makes for a good read.

I personally enjoyed watching the Cubs make an attempt for the World Series this last year. I also was saddened to see the team fall short of the World Series. My boys and I watched all of the playoff games to my wife’s sigh. And maybe this year, the Cubs might just pull off this dream for the rest of Chicago and their loyal fans.

Each sport creates an excitement for its fans, and baseball is no different. I remember as a boy, my friends would get together to play neighborhood baseball. Each of us would select our favorite player. It was sort of surreal. We each desired to be that star in an imaginary life of neighborhood baseball.

I suppose it’s natural for athletes to take up the mantle of leadership in some capacity, especially if they are an outstanding player. Both skill and fanfare promote such a rise to influence. And when an athlete fails to live honorably on and off the field, their fans are quickly saddened, sometimes disillusioned. One such African American hero, who often goes unnoticed among our pro players, is John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil.

A Developing Leader-Player 

Buck O’Neil was born on November 13, 1911, in Florida. He loved baseball as a little boy. His skill improved over time with his father sharing the same love for the game and helping him to grow as a player. However, during the 1930’s and into the late 1950’s, the United States was a segregated nation at multiple levels. There was no difference in professional sports as well in the national working class of people. Baseball, a national past time activity, was deeply divided by color.

O’Neil departed from baseball for a few years to serve in the Army. This call to service forced him to take time off playing the game he loved. However, he gained new leadership skills on another team—the Army. And I suppose his departure from the game provided him a unique experience of collegial sacrifice and working with others of diverse experiences and background in protecting our national’s interest in foreign affairs (Posnanski, 2007, p. 3).

Breaking the Barriers of Segregation 

Leaders are often born during tumultuous seasons. O’Neil rose to great prominence for his athletic skill, humility, and heart for the game. He gained notable influence when the Cubs selected him to be one of the coaches. He encouraged the team to add Ernie Banks and Lou Brock, two African American players who would go on to change the game I love.

Segregation forced African Americans to form a separated league called the Negro Leagues. O’Neil would not be allowed to play professional baseball, but his influence, leadership, and skill as a baseball player caught the nation’s attention during 1938 to 1955. O’Neil would be one of the first player-managers in the league with a hitting average of .288.

In 1962, Buck O’Neil would eventually be hired by the Chicago Cubs, a notable change in U.S. sports. Although segregation was still very deep, Buck was not allowed to coach first or third base, but had to remain in the dugout. The Cubs’ decision to bring Buck as a coach was a positive step toward breaking segregation.

Honoring Our Heroes 

One of the unsung recognitions for O’Neil is his co-founding of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. I remember in college driving 8 hours to Kansas City with a few friends to visit the museum some seven years after it was founded. We each shared a special interest in baseball’s history. The museum is a wonderful place to visit if you are near the area.

O’Neil recognized the need to honor past Negro players, and his speaking platform some sixty years later gained notoriety by the United States Senate. His off the field leadership provided the fertile ground for past players to be recognized in 2001. By 2006, Major Leagues finally recognized 17 Negro league players in Cooperstown.

Unfortunately, the man who played well on the field and off the field did not share in this honor of being recognized both in skill and in leadership. About 2 months later in October 2006, Buck O’Neil passed away on his 95th birthday. After his death, President George W. Bush would recognize O’Neil’s efforts by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest honors a citizen can receive (DOI: https://www.nlbm.com/100for100/bio.cfm, last accessed on January 13, 2016).

How the Gospel Unites Ethnicities 

Much can be learned from those unsung heroes who tirelessly advocate change in society. Segregation in the United States was sinful. However, people like Buck O’Neil quietly displayed their leadership often in quiet efforts. I can’t help but draw some parallel between Buck O’Neil’s monograph, “The House that Buck Built,” and Christ’s statement of building His Church (Matthew 16:18). Christ’s sacrifice on the cross makes available God’s offer of salvation to all the peoples on the earth. The Gospel unites and should never divide people into groups when rightly interpreted and applied (Acts 17:26; Romans 1:15).

Christ built His church for His glory by uniting all people together (Ephesians 2:15-16). The Gospel is trans-ethnic, available to all and applied to all (Ephesians 4:13).  Given ethnicities may be distinguished by color and language—this is true. However, the uniting piece of the Gospel is that color and language should bring people together (1 Corinthians 10:17). I still have brothers and sisters in Christ for whom Christ died, and this theological truth should change my faulty worldview to a biblical one of unity among God’s varied family.

The “House that Buck Built” is a modern statement of reconciliation. The house that Christ built is founded on a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16). Its truth is the unchanging Word of God (Psalm 119:89). Its motto is, “For whom Christ purchased from every tribe, language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9; Acts 20:28).


Charles Ware

Color Me Love: My Personal Journey

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Celebrating Black History Month

A Word from Your Crossroads Team: You’re reading the second post in a series of blogs we are writing on the topic of Celebrating Black History Month. During our series in February, you’ll enjoy posts from Dr. Park, Dr. Ware, Dr. Badal, Dr. Kellemen, Professor Baxter, Dean Schrader, and our Registrar—Dountonia Batts. This series, like everything we do at Crossroads Bible College is designed to glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ. For our first post, by Dr. Park, visit The God-Created Worth of All People. Today’s post by Dr. Ware is excerpted from a chapter in his book, Prejudice and the People of God: How Revelation and Redemption Lead to Reconciliation. 

Race Became More of an Issue after My Conversion  

The racial turbulence of the sixties were not personally as trying for me as for many. I enjoyed a mostly comfortable and accepting environment in my largely white public school with all white teachers. I served on the student council as a freshman, class president as a sophomore, vice president of the student council as a junior, and student council president my senior year.

I was confronted with more racial tensions after being saved, as a senior, and entering the fundamental/evangelical predominately white Christian community. While God used many of my white brothers and sisters to minister to me in ways for which I will eternally be grateful, the fact remains that race became more of an issue after I entered the church than it was in my high school.

At first, I assumed that saints saved longer than I would have good scriptural reasons for attitudes and beliefs which I witnessed and heard. An explanation was needed as I interacted with black friends that I invited to church activities in hope that they too would trust Christ for their eternal salvation, as I had done. The seriousness of the race issue to the evangelization of people, especially blacks, became a growing concern to me.

His Death Changed My Life 

Rejections, put downs, and misunderstandings based purely upon one’s race can be very painful. “Racism” within the church made an unforgettable impression upon me as a young adult. One afternoon the phone rang. I picked up the phone and responded with the usual “Hello.” The voice on the other end generated a new excitement when I recognized it was Larry! Larry was a high school friend. I had not seen him for a couple of years. The joy which his voice stirred in my soul was quickly overwhelmed with sorrow by the message he shared.

“Charlie, have you heard the news?” “No,” I replied. “It’s sad man. Jon is dead,” Larry spoke slowly seeking to hold back the emotions.

At age nineteen, Jon, another high school friend, was dead. He had been released from prison only thirteen days prior to his death. In that brief time he had married and a domestic argument had ended in his fatal wound from a gunshot!

“Oh, God, why did it end this way for Jon?” My mind began to race back over the years of friendship I shared with Jon. I remembered the night when, with tears in his eyes, Jon walked the aisle to receive Christ after hearing the gospel at a youth camp. Times when we went to church, prayed, and studied the Bible together all flashed through my mind. Jon had even talked strongly about attending the Christian college from which I graduated.

The Question I Was Not Prepared to Answer 

But it was never to be! Why? Within the Christian community, racism in its subtle manifestations created a major stumbling block for Jon. I remember the drive home one evening after a youth rally. The preacher had given a dynamic and dogmatic presentation of the gospel. I wanted to personally confront some of my unsaved passengers with their need to receive Christ. I prayed for courage. Finally, I asked, “Well, what did you think about the message?” All chatter stopped and a frightening silence filled the car for about thirty seconds, which seemed like an eternity.

“How could he say that,” responded an emotionally charged voice. I sat for a moment seeking to discern the motivation for the objection—antagonism against morality, hatred of Christ, or arrogance? Finally with a determination to take a stand for Christ, I asked, “How could he say what?” “How could he tell us not to go to a secular college when up until a few years ago they wouldn’t even accept us in their colleges,” my friend responded, with strong emotion.

The response was both surprising and disarming! The preacher did have high praises for Christian colleges and harsh criticism for secular universities, but the major thrust of his message was salvation. But what do you say to your “brethren according to the flesh” to convince them that the Christ of Christianity really loves them, when some Christians have historically rejected them?

One of the blacks in the car that night was Jon. Jon faced further rejection during a youth activity. The director took him aside and warned him not to get too close to the white girls. Jon was an outstanding high school athlete and a young Christian. He was not pursuing girls; they were seeking to be in his presence.

Unanswered Questions May Lead to an Undesired End 

Some find answers to such dilemmas and keep moving forward, others do not. Jon did not. His inner conflict created fertile ground for Black power advocates to plant seeds of destruction in his mind. He decided to attend a secular college, in part due to a lack of Christian love by the church, rather than a Christian college. He followed the wrong path to his death. But I will never forget that his course was changed in part due to his confrontation with racism in the church.   What might his end have been if the love of Christ would have embraced him through the arms of the saints?

In the sixties there seemed to be, within the fundamental/evangelical circles, precious few who were willing to discuss racism. Sermons and counsel often criticized black leaders and excused and/or covered poor racial attitudes and policies/actions practiced by white believers.

Seeking Answers from the Scriptures

While at Bible College, I began to study what God had to say on this subject. Early in my education I wrote a paper for a class entitled, “Prejudice and the People of God.” This paper was written in part to clarify for myself what God had to say about racial reconciliation and to speak up on behalf of Larry. I sensed a responsibility to attempt to protect others from unbiblical barriers which leaves one feeling unwanted in the family of God.

Biblical love is commanded and should be an identifying trait of Christians. Every believer needs to discover and demonstrate love in their relationships. The very life of another may depend on our love. Our color, black or white, has been sovereignly given without our choice, but we are commanded to love. Love is a choice. Lack of love is disobedience.

The Rest of the Story 

What impact does biblical, Christlike love have on our cross-cultural relationships. We invite you to return to the CBC blog often as Dr. Ware will be continuing to address this issue of Color Me Love. In the next installment in this series, Dr. Ware will share 3 Aspects of Biblical Love with Application to Racial Reconciliation.


Be Equipped: Crossroads Bible College at College Park Church

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Discipleship is a hot topic in the evangelical church today and rightfully so. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus gives us this command:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

For those who would follow Jesus, ignoring these very specific instructions is simply not optional. Either we are about the work of making disciples or we are simply not walking in the light of what Jesus has done for us (Colossians 2:6).

Equipped to Disciple 

But willingness to obey the command is not enough in this case for Jesus defines “making disciples” as the process of “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Even if we are fully ready to respond to the command, there is a need to become equipped to be able to provide this teaching.

Of course, the church of Jesus Christ exists in large part for this very purpose of equipping God’s people to speak His truth in love (Ephesians 4:11-16). Therefore, attending and participating in a Bible-teaching church is never optional. But it is also fair to ask:

“Is there anything else I can do to become equipped to effectively obey Matthew 28:19-20?”

Fortunately the answer is a resounding yes, especially for those who live in and around the city of Indianapolis.

Coming, March 2016—Equipped to Counsel and Disciple 

I would like to discuss a very special opportunity for you to become equipped so that you might honor Christ and participate in His program for building up the Body of Christ and taking the message of the Gospel to a lost world.

At Crossroads Bible College, we’re helping Jesus’ followers to become Jesus’ disciple makers. In March of 2016, we will be offering a Bachelor’s degree program in Biblical Counseling & Discipleship. It is specifically aimed at those who have completed some college courses but never finished their Bachelor’s degree. Or, even if you have a degree and want to become equipped to effectively minister God’s Word with compassion and wisdom, this could be a great option for you.

The Biblical Counseling & Discipleship degree program will be offered at College Park Church (2606 W 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN). It is a “cohort” program meaning that you and a group of fellow students would all begin taking courses together in March and, Lord willing, would continue together for the next two years. In this way, you not only benefit from tremendous teaching, but you gain a “new family” of men and women committed to learning how to speak gospel truth in love.

Instructors for this program will include some of the best and most experienced teachers in the area, including Dr. Bob Kellemen, Professor Lilly Park, Rev. Randy Patten, Pastor Andrew Rogers, and other richly experienced and gifted Bible teachers.

My Story and Your Story: What to Do After the Hug, or After the Prayer

If this program sounds interesting to you, please contact me, Bob Stone, at 317-515-8120, or by email at rstone15@crossroads.edu.

I can help evaluate your college credit or prior work experience to determine the right path forward at Crossroads and get you on track to becoming a richly equipped disciple maker.

Oh, by the way, I’m a graduate of this very program…and here’s my CBC/CPC story… 

A few years ago, I had become involved in small group leadership, but something happened along the way. Some of the people in my group began confessing and revealing what was going on in their lives. People came to me seeking help with sin issues like pornography, adultery, same-sex attraction, lust, and anger.

 
Others were needing help dealing with the ordinary, but difficult, challenges of life like financial struggles, grief, marital conflict, childrearing, and many other life issues. These people needed real help from the Bible, not just the worldly wisdom I had to offer. And they needed more than a caring hug or a quick prayer.

I quickly realized I needed to either become better equipped to help them, or pull back from this leadership role.

Fortunately, there were some good options for me including training in biblical counseling, NANC (now ACBC) certification, and ultimately earning a BS in Biblical Counseling and Discipleship from Crossroads Bible College through a cohort program offered at College Park Church.

I am now helping equip other small group leaders and lay counselors, as well as providing formal counseling to members of the church at large. I am so grateful that the cohort program from Crossroads was available to me at this critical time in my life. I hope many of you reading this will be able to take advantage of it as well.