Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson

It was an all-white church. It was starting to decline. They had to hire a new pastor, and they hired him. But he came under the condition that "I want and I'm called to make this a multiethnic church." So they knew. He's interesting because he's part-Asian, part-white. He's married to a Hispanic woman, so that's their family and that's their vision.More Michael Emerson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life will be simpler when I don't spend two-thirds of the year in the middle of the Pacific.More Michael Emerson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In part because they had no choice, right? If you were a slave, you did what the master said. And they said to worship: "You're going to worship with us."More Michael Emerson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I mean, so if I've talked to whites in City of Refuge, sometimes they'll wonder, "Why do we do things a certain way, and why do we make a big deal out of events?" And what's happening is they're falling back on their understanding of the way that church should work. It's not always working exactly like that, and they feel frustration or confusion. Sometimes people leave. That's certainly common in mixed churches.More Michael Emerson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every pastor I talk to says, and particularly if they're African American they'll say, "I'm not black enough for African Americans. I'm not white enough for the whites. I'm not Hispanic enough."More Michael Emerson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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