Church Diversity – Big Is The New Small http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com dream BIG. think BIGGER. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.7 45 Retweetable and Shareable #MLK Quotes http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2016/01/18/45-retweetable-and-shareable-mlk-quotes/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2016/01/18/45-retweetable-and-shareable-mlk-quotes/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:14:48 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=12091

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~MLK

Just imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had Twitter or other social networking applications at his disposal, his message would have been even more world changing.  He was known as one of the best orators of his day and one of the top in the history of the country.  The exponential impact of his sound bites and oratory skills would have been extremely powerful with a tool like Twitter. I believe we take for granted the fact that our message, story, voice and thoughts can literally be globally shared at our leisure and by the push of a button.  

This year in the United States we set aside Monday, January 18th. to honor the life of a civil rights leader, pastor and social justice martyr.  MLK positively impacted the US and the world in so many ways, I think it’s great the US has an official holiday in his honor. A few years ago, my wife and I were in Atlanta during the MLK Holiday. We visited the Atlanta Memorial and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church that Dr. King pastored. This summer we took our sons and visited the MLK  Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC and stood at the very place he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. This year I’m sharing 45 of Dr. King’s memorable quotes that could have easily been tweets. Not only are they tweetable (at 140 characters or less), they are all short enough to be retweetable (122 characters or less).  Quotes can have such power, as a matter of fact I used a number of Dr. King’s quotes to illustrate some power points in my book. 45 Retweetable #MLK Quotes

  • 1. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or darkness of destructive selfishness. #MLK
  • 2. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. #MLK
  • 3. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. #MLK
  • 4. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. #MLK
  • 5. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. #MLK
  • 6. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. #MLK
  • 7. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. #MLK
  • 8. We are not makers of history. We are made by history. #MLK
  • 9. We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. #MLK
  • 10. We must face the sad fact that Sunday morning when we stand 2 sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America. #MLK
  • 11. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. #MLK
  • 12. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. #MLK
  • 13. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” #MLK
  • 14. The measure of a man isn’t whr he stands in moments of comfort, but whr he stands @ times of challenge & controversy. #MLK
  • 15. If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. #MLK
  • 16. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  #MLK
  • 17. We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. #MLK
  • 18. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.  #MLK
  • 19. The time is always right to do what is right. #MLK
  • 20. I have a dream my 4 little children will 1 day liv in a nation whr they will not B judged by the color of their skin. #MLK
  • 21. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. #MLK
  • 22. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. #MLK
  • 23. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. #MLK
  • 24. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. #MLK
  • 25. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. #MLK
  • 26. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. #MLK
  • 27. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. #MLK
  • 28. Lightning makes no sound until it strikes. #MLK
  • 29. There is no gain without struggle. #MLK
  • 30. A right delayed is a right denied. #MLK
  • 31. It may be true that the law can’t make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me; that’s pretty important. #MLK
  • 32. If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation. #MLK
  • 33. One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong. #MLK
  • 34. Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait. #MLK
  • 35. Hate destroys the hater… #MLK
  • 36. True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. #MLK
  • 37. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. #MLK
  • 38. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. #MLK
  • 39. Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. #MLK
  • 40. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. #MLK
  • 41. Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge (power), religion gives man wisdom (control). #MLK
  • 42. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. #MLK
  • 43. Seeing is not always believing. #MLK
  • 44. I Have A Dream! #MLK
  • 45. Only in the darkness can you see the stars. #MLK

There are so many more tremendous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  These are just 44 retweetable quotes that have stood out to me over the years.  Please share your favorites from the above list or any other #MLK quotes that you like.  If you can share them in 120 characters or less, please do so. This will allow them to be retweetable. Happy #MLK Holiday!  Please take a few moments on #MLK Holiday to share some quotes, watch a speech, serve in the community, attend the parade, talk to your family about his impact over dinner, communicate to your team that you value the holiday and what Dr. King stood for…  Do something!

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But God Changes Everything – Book Trailer By Herbert Cooper http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/12/19/but-god-changes-everything-book-trailer-by-herbertcooper/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:45:24 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11969

Awesome book trailer for my pastor and friend Herbert Cooper’s new book “But God Changes Everything.” I can personally say, it’s an awesome book… Read it, it may be just the tool that changes everything in your life.

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Oklahoma City Pastor Preaches A Candid Sermon About Racism and The Gospel http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2014/12/17/oklahoma-city-pastor-preaches-a-candid-sermon-about-racism-and-the-gospel/ Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:01:46 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=11965

Religion is Dead: The Gospel & Racism from Frontline Church on Vimeo.

Oklahoma City Pastor Josh Kouri (Frontline Church) speaks very candidly about race, racial IQ, the system, justice, peace, racism and The Gospel.

Real Talk… Definitely worth your while.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring “Church Diversity Week” http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/11/07/oklahoma-governor-signs-proclamation-honoring-church-diversity-week/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/11/07/oklahoma-governor-signs-proclamation-honoring-church-diversity-week/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:22:42 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=8309 Nearly 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must face the sad fact that at the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday Morning, when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.” Unfortunately, Dr. King’s quote still rings true today.

One of the many efforts to elevate the conversation of the lack of ethnic diversity in the church and to promote a more unified Body Of Christ is “Church Diversity Week.”  Again, as we seek to continue this conversation and begin to truly see the sign on the doors of our churches read, “Everyone Welcome,” we wanted to provide a platform for churches to become a part of the movement.  Church Diversity Week is a globally recognized week to encourage and promote unity within the local church.

This week happens to fall on the calendar beginning the Friday prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) and lasts the entire week. There are many different ways to celebrate Church Diversity Week; however, at its core it’s about encouraging and promoting unity and diversity in the church.  You can go to ChurchDiversity.com and check out some of the ides or you can grab a copy of my book, “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Say Of The Week” which outlines various strategies including Church Diversity Week.

Without any promotion and simply word of mouth, we have well over 100 churches representing half of the U.S. States, in addition to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, Australia and the Czech Republic who have identified themselves as participants.  You can add your church here:

I am happy to announce that last week the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin signed a proclamation which officially recognizes January 13 – January 20 as “Church Diversity Week” in the State Of Oklahoma. I’m proud of our State leadership and I’m looking forward to continued momentum around the country.  At it’s core Church Diversity is about reaching more people for Christ.

It’s important that our churches have a genuine heart to do as Jesus calls us to in the Great Commission and that’s to make disciples of “all nations.”  It’s also important in the U.S. to be aware of the fact that minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years. A great reminder of Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The “tipping point” is imminent when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.  “Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century. For America’s children, the future is now,” said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends.  These trends are representative of our zip codes, our communities, our city, our nation, the world and the church.

There are already plans in the works for next year to possibly implement an entire Church Diversity Month, with a month long small group/Bible study curriculum for the entire church. Some of these materials are available this year, with more to come (click here).  Check out ChurchDiversity.com for more info. or follow @ChurchDiversity on Twitter.

Again, I want to thank Governor Fallin for her leadership and signing the “Church Diversity Week” proclamation.  If you or your church is not involved, jump in and be a part of changing the future of the church.

Is your church participating in Church Diversity Week?  Share any thoughts or ideas that you may have.

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New Season For The Williams’ Family http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/10/21/new-season-for-the-williams-family/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/10/21/new-season-for-the-williams-family/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:02:12 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=8231 I am making an announcement about the new Season for The Williams’ Family.  Before I announce what that season is and where we are going, let me rewind almost 8 months ago.  I actually made the “Big Announcement #2” that I was going to be transitioning out of my role at LifeChurch.tv into a new season of ministry for my family.

Fast forward 8 months and I have started a consulting company Nxt Level Solutions LLC.  The short and skinny of what we do is help organizations with both external and internal growth. We do this by helping with Leadership Development, Strategy, Diversity Consulting and New Media. In a short amount of time, God has blessed us with an amazing group of organizations and individuals to work with.  We are growing and at the same time helping others go farther faster. On top of this, more entrepreneurial adventures are around the corner and I’ve been blessed to continue sharing the message of Church Diversity around the country.

As far as the new season for the Williams’ family, we are going to be (give me another paragraph).   I have received many texts, DM’s & calls about what the new season is; let me explain a little further. When we made the decision to start a new season for our family 8 months ago, one of the goals was for us to continue to grow as a family.  As we prayed about what that would look like, LaKendria and I set one of our primary goals as her being able to stay home.  Years ago we thought this would have been important when our boys were young; however we are finding that it’s important really important at their current stage.

So the New Season For The Williams’ Family is not about us going to a new place physically, but rather LaKendria is going to be staying home.  Yep straight up Betty Crocker, Soccer Mom, Family Coordinator, Supporter, Teammate, Mother, Partner, Wife & making us a better family SAHM.  She put her notice in this week and her last day will be sometime in November.

This wasn’t simply a goal for us, but a step of faith and an act of listening to God’s Whispers. God is oh so many steps ahead of us, we are happy to follow his lead.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NCV say’s it this way, “There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.”  I’m really looking forward to this special season.

What new seasons does God have for you and your family?   He’s whispering, are you listening?

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The Help, The Hope & The Healer http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/10/17/the-help-the-hope-the-healer/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/10/17/the-help-the-hope-the-healer/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:19:18 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=8182 I know I’m late to the party as it comes to watching “The Help,” however my wife and I just saw it last night.  Honestly, I’m not sure how a couple of crazy months went by without us meandering into the theater to see a move about race, justice and the light at the end of the tunnel.

I was actually surprised that the movie was still showing at the theaters, considering how long ago it was released.  I shared my surprise with the guy at the AMC Theater ticket counter and he said this, “We have lots of old people that still buy tickets.”  My response, “Are you saying that I’m old?”  His response, “No I mean like really old people in wheelchairs and with canes and walkers.”  The funny thing is we had to wait on an old lady as her daughter helped her gingerly walk up the stairs in the theater.

I have mentioned in my Social Media streams that I’m going to share my thoughts about the movie and I generally do a quick review of movies.  For instance here is one that I did on The Karate Kid when it came out.

I’m not going to do a typical review, however I will share my thoughts.  The help was real and captured the realities of racism in a way that is palatable for moviegoers.  Additionally, it provoked plenty of emotions with the realities of decisions people made and thoughts that they had because of pure ignorance.  I think one of the undertones that were really sad and true is that ignorance knows no bounds and will even try to disguise itself as knowledge, wisdom and intellect.  The scenes attributed to the women’s group trying to get “The Help Sanitation Initiative” aka separate but equal restroom legislation passed.

Let me say this about “The Help.”  I love that it reminds us of the past and how ignorant people were and how they tried to justify their ignorance.  It reminds me somewhat of where the church is today; we make lots of excuses for a separate but equal church and disguise the ignorance of it with preference, style, location excuses and attempt to justify them as knowledge, wisdom and intellect.

In my book Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week, I point out the realities of today’s church being the modern day separate but equal.  Many Christian Leaders land Christians in general laugh, downplay and even minimize the fact that 93% of the churches in America are racially segregated.  Just like these well-intentioned ladies in the movie “The Help” attempted to justify their ignorant thinking.

The help taught us what can happen with courage and helped us to redefine the word. Courage Daring to do what is right in spite of the weakness in our flesh.  Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had the courage to address the sad fact that “at the 11 o’clock hour on Sunday morning when stand to sing we stand in the most segregated hour in America.”  Unfortunately, that’s till true today.  Another thing that we learned from “The Help” is the fact that courage sometimes skips a generation.

Courage in the church as it relates to issues of race an ethnicity appears to have skipped many generations. Fortunately there are more and more leaders having the courage to help us see every nation, tribe and tongue worshiping together… a little Heaven on earth in the church.  I appreciate the work of those in this generation who have been fighting the good fight: Dr. Michael Emmerson, Efrem Smith, Mark DeYmaz, Christian Smith, Dr. Tony Evans, Bill Hybels and recently John Piper.  I could list countless other pastors and leaders, who are demonstrating the courage to address this issue for the Body Of Christ.

John Piper’s addition to the Church Diversity or “Church Help” discussion is well received.  Piper has an E.F. Hutton principal in his favor (when he talks, people listen).  This is true for thousands upon thousands of Christian Leaders and Christians in general.   In John Piper’s new book Blood Lines, he argues from specific biblical texts that the only solution powerful enough to overcome racial strife and bring about racial reconciliation and harmony is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through His blood, Jesus has demolished the dividing wall that separates humanity along racial lines and has brought all ethnicities together as brothers and sisters into one body the church. Piper does not end there, he shepherds readers through the various implications of gospel thinking in relation to race and ethnicity.

I’ll close with this.  Many of us watched “The Help,” which was a true depiction of 50 years ago, and ask the question, “How in the world could they be so ignorant?”  The real question is 50 years from now, when people watch a movie titled, “The Church,” which depicts the separate but equal nature of the church…  What question will they ask?  “How in the world could they be so [fill in the blank]?”

Courage skips a generation…  Don’t let that generation be ours.

“The local church is the hope of the world and it’s future primarily rests on the hands of it’s leaders.” ~Bill Hybels

The Help, The Hope & The Healer.

Change begins with a whisper… what are you whispering?

Share your thoughts on The Help, The Church and The Future.

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Church Diversity only $4.99 for 72hrs http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/07/18/church-diversity-only-4-99-for-72hrs/ Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:23:51 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=7671 First of all I want to thank everyone who has supported the Church Diversity movement by either purchasing a copy of the book or sharing the message in their sphere of influence.  As I travel around the country and share the message I’m constantly amazed at how ready the Body of Christ is to receive the message.  There are churches that are taking their entire congregation through the book, small groups and individuals just like you and I that desire to see a little “Heaven on Earth.”

Again, the message is being very well received and I simply want to say, “Thank You.”  My publishing New Leaf Publishing Group is offering Church Diversity: Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week for only $4.99 for 72 hours.  This promo is going out to those of you who are a part of the BigIsTheNewSmall.com and ChurchDiversity.com communities.

Church Diversity will be available for purchase in Kindle, Nook, iBook, Sony Reader or PDF formats for only $4.99 from nlpg.com. Purchasers can also request a complimentary copy be sent to their pastor.  That’s right for the next 72 hours you and your friends can purchase a digital copy of Church Diversity for only $4.99 (right here) and a complimentary copy be sent to your pastor.  That’s like a double deal. 🙂

Thanks again for your support, please share this within your social media circles.  Did I just type circles?  Must be thinking about Google+, just when I thought Facebook and Twitter were enough.

#FistBump & Thanks for your support…  We are just getting started!

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God Is Moving… Leaders Are Responding! http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/07/11/god-is-moving-leaders-are-responding/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/07/11/god-is-moving-leaders-are-responding/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:21:12 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=7643 It’s been nothing less than amazing to see, hear and feel the response to God’s message of seeing His church more unified.  As I travel around the country and hear stories from around the globe about what God is doing as it relates to diversity in His church, I get really excited for the future of the church.  I truly believe that this a move of God that leaders and the Body of Christ are responding to.  In recent times, it seems to be more prevalent to see stories of “Church Diversity” in the headlines.  Here are some examples of the stories: Southern Baptist Eyes On Black New Orleans Pastor, Assemblies Of God Growing Faster Than U.S. Population (attributes increase to ethnic diversity), Time Magazine: Can Mega Churches Bridge The Racial Divide?, Am I Too White To Be Your Pastor

Over 45 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must face the sad fact that at the eleven o’ clock hour on Sunday morning when we stand to sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America.” My prayer has been that we don’t look up 45 years from mow and find Dr. King’s quote to still remaining true.

I receive e-mails, notes and calls on a regular basis from either ChurchDiversity.com or through social media about what God is doing in their church and personally in the Spirit Of Diversity. Below is a simple message that a pastor sent me yesterday.  I love the heart of this message: God Is Moving… Leaders Are Responding!

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Am I Too White To Be Your Pastor? http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/07/08/am-i-too-white-to-be-your-pastor/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/07/08/am-i-too-white-to-be-your-pastor/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2011 00:53:39 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=7641

Pastor Patrick Kelley of RiverPointe Church asks the question, “Am I Too White To Be Your Pastor?” He actually posed this question throughout the streets of his suburb of Houston.  Pastor Kelley also sat down and talked with former NBA Player Reggie Slater to talk about this same topic.  

This question raised a lot of eyebrows and help facilitate a great conversation about #ChurchDiversity.  I love Pastor Kelley’s heart for diversity and I will be speaking at RiverPointe Church this weekend.  If you are in the Houston area, stop by and visit.

If you would like to check out the news article of Pastor Kelley asking the bold question, you can click here.

I guess I could simply close with this question, “Am I Too Black To Be Your Pastor?”

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Scott Williams TBN Interview – Church Diversity http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/06/29/scott-williams-tbn-interview-church-diversity/ http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/2011/06/29/scott-williams-tbn-interview-church-diversity/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 03:47:27 +0000 http://www.bigisthenewsmall.com/?p=7610

Scott Williams TBN Interview – Church Diversity from Church Diversity on Vimeo.

Here is an interview that I did on TBN’s Praise The Lord program with Pastor Scott Thomas.  We had a great time on the show and have really been able to make some great connections for the Church Diversity movement, both within the United States and abroad.

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