“Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry” –Inspiring is an apt subtitle. Mark Hearn’s “Technicolor” is not a dry how-to manual (far from dry). Yet, neither is it a shallow story-of-what-we-did. Hearn garners principles from their own journey (shared in good classic Baptist preaching style of anecdotes and alliteration). Thus he strikes a balance, giving a valuable contribution to the library of multicultural books.
Is this book just for church leaders? Written by a church leader and definitely an asset, there are many principles throughout that can be adopted by an individual as well. Each one of us has a role to reach the nations—we too will need the partnerships, awareness, ability to work through cross-cultural conflict, etc. as our world grows in diversity. We too can make strangers into neighbors, partner, join in celebrations and engage with the nations.
Is “Technicolor” just for those in multicultural cities? Certainly relevant for today’s world of burgeoning diversity, Hearn’s book is valuable for those in more homogeneous areas as well. Even when ethnicity may be the same, there are a variety of sub-cultures and church outsiders that need to be engaged, and these principles can be widely applied as well.
The task to reach all nations may be daunting but Hearn gives us practical ways to obey. Nor does he allow us any excuse: all nations means all nations. He gives biblical groundwork and highlights God’s heart for the nations. Merely doing loving acts to those like us and around us, but not intentionally engaging the nations, is falling short of obedience to the Lord of All the Earth. His stories, examples, and principles gives new inspiration to lagging sails or to those who wonder how. Practically inspiring. Mark Hearn’s book, Technicolor, helps breathe new life into flagging hearts, helps inspire, and helps to practically undergird this call.
Personally, it touched my heart with God’s heart. Let our hearts be his heart! My further reflections that it provoked at http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/06/review-technicolor.html
“I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.”