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Racial unity requires more than ‘baby steps’

I think the work of The Christian Chronicle is extremely helpful to inform its readers and broaden perspectives.
I feel compelled to comment on the road to racial unity and the metaphorical “baby steps (December). I believe it is time for Christians of all ethnicities to move on from the “baby step” mentality. Jesus is not a baby-step leader, and his gospel is not a tentative, unsteady message. God’s word is clear about racism and the importance of unity with our brothers and sisters. What are we afraid of?
Amen to those who work to bridge the gap between the races. But, brothers and sisters, we must get beyond baby steps and fully embrace Jesus’ teachings. As Christians, we must lead and not unsteadily lag behind in our first walking shoes.

Loventrice Farrow | Bolingbrook, Ill.
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The Christian Chronicle has made huge strides in the last four years in embracing a broader readership. I have been so impressed with your coverage of Churches of Christ and the importance for evangelism and mission to drive the vision and praxis of our local churches. Keep up the great kingdom work!

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‘Are We Growing?’ series finished strong
When I received your January issue, I read it from cover to cover, and I think it’s the best I’ve seen.
The “Are We Growing?” story was very strong (Pages 19-21). It’s the first time I’d seen so much data to support statements about growth. You really lay it out — where the growth is taking place and where it isn’t. The map and tables on 20 and 21 make it clear instantly, and the features on various growing churches help answer the logical next question, “How can we grow?”
It was great to move on to look at the issue in global terms (Page 22), also the clear message that it isn’t an us-to-them mission scene today. And the interview with Scott Thumma (Page 25) really topped it off. The article on recovery programs in churches (Page 1) is strong and inspiring, taking us into areas of service that are both frustrating and rewarding.
Billie Silvey | Los Angeles

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