We are so thrilled to announce the
“If God Is For Us” Online Bible Study!
Starting April 1, join others from all around the world as we dig deep into one of the most cherished chapters of the Bible—Romans 8.
Over 6 weeks, I will walk us through Romans 8 and help cement deep inside the scandalous truths of our great salvation, our inheritance, the assurance of our faith, and ultimately the love of our good Father.
If you’ve experienced the comfort of Romans 8 before, but want to plant it more deeply in your person this is the Bible Study for you.
You don’t want to miss it! Sign up here: www.moodypublisherswomen.com/if-god-is-for-us-online-bible-study/
A few quick things:
- This is for an individual or a group! That’s right! You can grab a group and do the online study together! Meet up once a week to watch the Facebook lives I’ll be doing and discuss together.
- You must sign up at the Moody Publishers “If God Is For Us” page. From there, you’ll be redirected to join the group. Head on over there: http://www.moodypublisherswomen.com/if-god-is-for-us-online-bible-study/
- If you are a Bible study leader or women’s ministry leader and you hope to teach this study in the future, this online study is for you! Consider it a prep for when you’ll dig deep with your group in the future.
- As I’ve mentioned, this study is great for the individual also. So, if you don’t have a group, come join ours!
When you sign up, you’ll be lead to a page to receive the book for 40% off!! Or you can purchase it at your favorite retailer. The Bible study is FREE.
Sometimes people ask why we need to have a month dedicated to African-American culture and history. The obscurity of Robert Smalls’ story (see link below) helps provide the answer: our history is often neglected, rarely discussed, and seldom celebrated.
And when black history is spoken of, it’s most often focused on the broken: slavery, the Jim Crow era, and discrimination.
For you and I to grow in understanding our current cultural moment, we must be willing to do some research. For example, when those pictures of the Virginia governor wearing blackface surfaced this month, it wasn’t a mere political controversy. There is a historical reason for the outrage and disappointment.
I won’t give you that history lesson now. But understanding it puts Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s photo alongside someone dressed in Ku Klux Klan attire into perspective. The outcry isn’t some overreaction. Rather it’s the sorrow of seeing a young man ignorantly using a symbol of hate and discrimination for entertainment.
At the same time, let’s be cautious not to narrowly focus our attention on the sorrowful aspects of American culture and history and call it Black History Month.
I share more, including the story of Robert Smalls, in today’s World Radio segment: https://worldandeverything.org/2019/02/trillia-newbell-why-do-we-celebrate-black-history-month/.
I’m excited to share the news that I have joined World Radio (sister platform of World Magazine) as a commentator and my first one aired today! Commentators focus on a variety of different topics and issues. My plan is to focus on Christian discipleship, family and children, race and ethnicity, and issues and topics important to women. My goal in both my writing and speaking is to identify where the gospel applies to the area and what the implications of the gospel are to that topic. That will not change and is celebrated at World, which is one of the reasons I’m so honored to be a part.
If you’re anything like me, you’re likely curious about the role and specifically what is World Radio’s approach to commentary. Thankfully, managing editor, J.C. Derrick recorded a short segment during their “Ask the Editor” commentary series on World’s distinctives, including their approach to commentaries: https://worldandeverything.org/2018/11/ask-the-editor-our-methods/
How to listen today and every day:
Today’s full program is posted here: https://soundcloud.com/world-news-group/the-world-and-everything-in-it-february-14-2019
And the newscast is here: https://worldandeverything.org/2019/02/thursday-morning-news-february-14-2019/
You can find my first commentary about loving our neighbors here: https://worldandeverything.org/2019/02/trillia-newbell-lets-love-our-neighbor/
Our love for our neighbor is one of the evidences of God’s transforming work in our hearts. Our love matters because it points to someone greater than you or me. Our love points to Jesus.
I will keep you updated on my commentaries, but please go ahead and subscribe to The World and Everything in It on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or whatever podcast app you use. And you can learn more about the other contributors here: https://worldandeverything.org/
Grateful! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
p.s. My segments will likely post every other Monday!
Each day, each hour is a worthy fight to remember our greatest love in the world. One way for you and me to fight our temptation to wander toward lesser things is to remember the love and pursuit of God.
Read more of my thoughts on this at Desiring God: https://bit.ly/2HZRIrj
Also, stay tuned for an exciting announcement at the end of February!
Recently, I was asked a peculiar but sincere question during an open-mic Q&A. The young white man asked: Can I celebrate my whiteness or my white culture? I quickly discerned both inquiry and pain. Later I would learn that the man is a single-dad, raising two young boys who he wants to equip and disciple well. He has also been trying to gain understanding about racial reconciliation and in many ways has found himself perplexed and maybe even weighed down by the realities of our history. I didn’t know all of that when I answered but I also sense this same wrestling with other people as they begin their own journey into ethic diversity, biblical theology, and historical sins.
My heart was filled with a desire to love and serve him while also speaking the truth in love. With that same desire, I want to write my two-part answer here.
You already do
Whether intentionally or not, if you are a white American you are continually celebrating your whiteness in this country. Whether it is through the textbooks we read, the music overhead in our coffee shops, the movies we watch, or the seminaries we attend. You will find that these touch points are dominated by white culture, history, music, theologians, and the like. And you are likely, even if unintentionally, celebrating your heritage as well. It is not difficult to celebrate who you are in the American context.
But, yes, of course
You are an ethnicity and when we talk about racial diversity and all of the nations, you who are white are included! I can see how it might not seem so. Most of my emphasis when talking about studying those who are not like us is definitely about those people and cultures that have been neglected in the American context. But as a mother to two biracial children, I want them to not only know their Black heritage, I am just as eager for them to know and understand their British heritage. We don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We can instead learn to celebrate both.
Our problem is not so much that we don’t know how to celebrate ourselves it’s that we lack the intentionality to learn and celebrate others. We struggle to love our neighbor as ourselves through gaining knowledge and understanding. We hold our culture or our ethnicity up as superior even if we don’t realize we are doing it, and often intentionally. We are the center of our universe.
I don’t believe that was the case of the man who asked this question and I imagine there are many who are sincerely wrestling with these same questions. If God has revealed a bias or partiality or racial pride in your life, praise him for that grace. It’s his kindness that leads us to repentance. If God is awakening you to the realities of our history and it has become a painful journey—press in to that, don’t push it away. Ask good questions, study history. Lamenting is a good practice (thank you, Psalms!).
Most of all, remember the gospel and all that Jesus has done for us through his blood. There’s much to lament but oh man is there so much to rejoice about. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are one even if we aren’t living in this reality. My prayer is that we would begin to live in the reality of what Jesus has accomplished for us.
Let me end by saying that I’m writing this in an airport as part of my first drafts series, which means that there’s so much more that likely could be said.
I just learned that my kids’ book, God’s Very Good Idea, is only $5.00 at Lifeway.com right now. That’s more than half-off!
Tonight, I will have the joy of reading God’s Very Good Idea to a group of about 500 kids and parents. I’m overjoyed by the opportunity to serve in this way. I had no idea that this book would go to so many places I’ll never be and encourage the hearts of parents and children alike. Only God can do that! Only He can use something that seems so small and insignificant for the good of His people and His glory.
Thanks to all of you who have already purchased it. If you think it would be a good gift or if you haven’t grabbed it yet, I hope you will enjoy this discount! You can purchase it online here: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/god-s-very-good-idea-P006171967