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Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church Paperback – September 1, 2010
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In the past decade something new and important has emerged: Readers are now able to wade through a huge pool of books on multiethnicity/multiculturalism and the church. If you have been waiting for the handbook needed to navigate these new waters, this is it! Soong-Chan Rah's Many Colors will become the standard for Christians who want to understand and practice cross-cultural intelligence. The church desperately needed a book reflecting the depth and breadth of this defining work. Soong-Chan has delivered!
Randy Woodley,distinguished associate professor of faith and culture, George Fox University, and author of Living in Color: Embracing God's Passion for Ethnic Diversity
Many Colors is a must-read for those who are serious about being the church in practice and not just theory. Dr. Rah skillfully integrates theological, psychological, sociological, and practical information concerning cultural understanding needed for a church that is increasingly becoming multiethnic and multicultural. Finally, a book on cultural understanding for the church that is not sociology sprinkled with some Scriptures, but is solidly built first on the foundation of Scripture which reveals God's priorities for our relationships.
Rodney Cooper, professor of discipleship and leadership development, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
This is a must-read for anyone in cross-cultural ministry, as well as all who wish to engage the new multiethnic America. Rah challenges us to pursue culturally intelligent leadership, while providing a convincing biblical-theological framework and practical suggestions to help us move forward in this most important journey.
Tom Lin, vice president of missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and director of the Urbana student missions conference
"From experiential knowledge and with anthropological precision, Soong-Chan Rah has provided a thorough explanation of cross-cultural competence, one of the core commitments required for effective multi-ethnic ministry. Many Colors will accelerate the coming integration of the local church and is therefore a much-welcomed, greatly needed resource for those of us pursuing the dream."
Dr. Mark DeYmaz, Founding pastor of Mosaic Church (AR) and author of Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity into Your Local Church
"Many Colors is a desperately needed resource for those of us who love Christ and are engaged as agents of change and justice in our society, where a new mestizo reality is becoming the norm and not an exception."
CEO, Christian Community Development Association
"In recent years, many leaders have been inspired with a vision for multiethnic ministry. But while their spirits may be willing, their flesh is often weak. Many simply lack the knowledge and 'cultural intelligence' to cultivate multiethnic Christian communities, and the results are churches with a veneer of diversity without any real change. This is why Dr. Rah's book is so vital. He offers a framework for understanding culture that is rooted in Scripture, history, and the practical realities of pastoral ministry. Many Colors is a must-read for anyone sensing a call into multiethnic ministry."
Skye Jethani, author of The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity
"Dr. Rah has the ability to stretch your faith while stretching your mind. Gratefully, this book offers no simplistic answers but in being honest about the challenges also gives us honest hope. Society questions whether real unity is possible. In Christ, the Church can show that it is; this book helps point the way with insight, dimensionality, and challenge."
Gary Walter, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church
"Using the incredible power of story, Dr. Soong-Chan Rah weaves together a tapestry that gives a clear picture of what “cultural intelligence” requires. This book takes you on a reconciliation journey that will move you from simplistic formulas to substantive solutions that produce lasting systemic and social change."
Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, President, Salter McNeil & Associates, LLC
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The text is divided into three sections, and since I do not want to give any spoilers, since I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in doing multi-cultural & cross-cultural ministry, I will go through a few sections I found interesting.
In part 1, Rah goes over traditional Christian approaches to culture, even mentioning Niebuhr`s classic Christ & Culture (page 21). He then sets forth to argue the importance of remembering all of history, and not just the triumphant good stories that we like to hear, but also the narratives of sadness and oppression. In chapter 3, Rah articulates a theological vision of culture, where God's mission in the world is taken seriously and redeems even the "pagan" traditions of Christmas. Rah argues that one cannot appropriately appreciate culture as something that is just a human construct; we need to see both the sociological and theological merits of each culture, which in his view starts with the doctrine of the Imago Dei. This I believe is a necessary statement to differentiate Rah's approach to culture and an anthropologist's or a sociologist's. Without the notion of God gifting all of humanity to be creators of culture, equally and beautifully, we will fall into the trap of sayings like West is Best, East is least.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An ideal text to help churches learn how to grow a multiethnic church. Excellent for small group meetings.Published 4 days ago by Tony Franklin
This is an educational book for any business, church or school that's become multi-ethnic or wants to move in that direction. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Bailey
Dr. Rah, though he touches on many important topics, does himself no favors with the arguments he uses. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Spencer Sundem
Decent material. I would highly recommend The Blended Church. It has more practical info. Dr Rah is a awesome professor at FullerPublished on November 14, 2013 by dehner
Nicely done wonderful work of Dr. Rah. We are living in global era. Our cultural intelligence decides our value and future.Published on October 7, 2013 by A. Seo
I can't say enough about this book and it a must read and in the church we need to be opened to all races and this book answer the question on how the chruch need to change The... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by rosemary slaughter
Soong-Chan Rah writes in a language that is understandable and he shares his own personal experiences with sincerity. This is a keeper.Published on December 12, 2012 by Joshuaone9
Very well written and easy to read and comprehend authors
theories and instructions. I like the questions at the end of the