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The reaction to the recent events in Ferguson has made it clear that the Church must speak up about diversity and love.   Listen as Trillia Newbell shares what God has taught her about the Gospel and diversity.


0:00 Meet Trillia, (she’s awesome)

1:30 Unpacking the heart behind Trillia’s book:  ‘United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity

  • How does diversity look in the church?
  • Is diversity currently happening in the Church?
  • Why should we pursue it?

2:25  Why aren’t our churches more diverse?

  • Our history
  • Our culture
  • Our location
  • Sin in our hearts

TWEET THIS: “We are given to partiality; to be partial to those who are like us.” @trillianewbell #vergewomen

3:47   “I do not have a passion for diversity”

TWEET THIS: “I don’t have a passion for diversity…I have a passion for the Gospel” @trillianewbell #vergewomen

  • Diversity is about loving people
  • The Gospel creates diversity

5:05   What is our foundation as human beings?

  • Before anything else, we are image bearers
  • Then we are redeemed image bearers

6:19    20 years from now…

  • What could diversity look like for our children?

TWEET THIS: “There’s still work to be done” @trillianewbell #vergewomen

  • Are our churches evidence of progress?

8:23    Practically, how can we help our churches look more like the family of God?

  • Love your neighbor

 TWEET THIS: Diversity will be the fruit of love @trillianewbell  @verge_women 

10:41   Trillia’s new project: Fear & Faith

  • How can we trust God in the face of our fears?

11:32    What can I do if I am feeling fear?

  • Confess to God
  • Cry out to God; be weak
  • Search the Scriptures for the truth about God

About The Author

Trillia Newbell is the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (Moody Publishers, March 2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, The Resurgance, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She currently is the consultant on Women’s Initiatives for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Newbelll is the Lead Editor of Karis, the women’s channel for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In November 2011, she launched a Christian women’s blog-style e-zine, Women of God Magazine, where she was the managing editor. In addition to her first book, United, Newbell has a second book with Moody Publishers slated for 2015 on the topic of fear and faith. Her greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.

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