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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610974662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610974660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are so many good books out there that discuss the multiethnic church. However, there is a glaring need for more biblical-theological exposition. This volume is a significant foundation stone for the building of authentic multiethnic churches through careful recourse to Scripture.

Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D.
Multnomah Biblical Seminary













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A hearty "Amen!" to the common theme of the above reviews, all of whom note that this is a thoroughly biblical approach. Pastor David Stevens is no "armchair theologian", however, as he practices what he teaches at Central Bible Church in Portland. His reputation prompted me to order it for our seminary library before I read it for myself. I subsequently recommended it to a faculty colleague who will require that it be read by students in a church planting class. Buy the book, read it, and pass it on to other church leaders. Few things will impact our communities more than modeling multi-ethnicity in our churches.
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I am struck by the depth of the theology articulated in God's New Humanity yet how extremely readable and understandable this book is. Pastor Stevens has a profound understanding of the original Greek language and context, and I appreciate how clearly he shines a light on the Apostle Paul's passion in sharing "the reality that dividing walls of ethnicity have been once and for all deconstructed (Eph. 1-3). Therefore, in our experience we must deconstruct the walls, never allowing them to be reconstructed (Eph. 4-6)." He says that "believers of every ethnicity are ALREADY made alive together, raised together, and seated together in the heavenly realms in Christ..." and that "Our present vocation as the New Humanity is to live in accordance with our true identity." The challenge of this book is not only profound; it's the calling of every church (local gathered congregation). This book is a must read for everyone--especially those on the front lines of reconciliation and what it means to live into Christ's high priestly prayer in John 17:23...that we might all be one.
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If you want to know what the Bible says about multiethnicity in the church and what God originally intended than read this book. One thing I like about this book is that it avoids giving pat answers and easy solutions. This is a theological study beginning in Genesis and tracing multiethnic or as the media likes to term it (and I think falsely)"race" issue. As the author, Pastor David Stevens, points out in his book there is only one human race as the Human Genome Project affirmed scientifically. But the focus is on man as the image of God individually and collectively and what Scripture says about this. The first four chapters take some thought but yield great insights.

He also brings out the whole challenge of why is it so hard to integrate the Church. This is not merely a human problem but as he points out there are also active supernatural powers working against us. He also reminds us that that racism can be covert and under the surface and as the Rwanda genocide showed the world this is not merely a "white" problem. Racism is a global problem among all ethnicities.

Soundly Biblical and well researched he speaks from experience as he has 17 ethnicities in his congregation. The book ends with a challenge and as he takes us theologically through the OT into the NT and shows how this showed up also in the Jew/Gentile issue.

You come away appreciating that the problem is cosmic and can only be dealt with as we invoke the supernatural power of God to help us take steps toward understanding and applying God's word to the problem. A great read!
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The greatest picture of the church is found on the pages of Revelation. There we see all of God's people gathered from around the world and down through the ages. There we can't help worshipping the One who paid the price to bring us together as one... If you're a Christian leader, this is must reading. Highly recommended!
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David E. Stevens is Sr. Pastor of Central Bible Church in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1982) and of the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique (Th.D. 1999) near Paris, France. For fifteen years David served in leadership development among the Protestant and Evangelical churches of France. His favorite language is French and his interests include spending time with his wife and three children, reading, travel, and snow skiing.