Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Jeremy Lin, ESPN, and Ways for Discussing Culture

Churches can take advantage of what is happening in our culture and media as a way to prompt discussions and reflection. This article on the Relevant Magazine site about Jeremy Lin can help shape a conversation. By connecting with the ESPN discussion between Stephen Smith and Skip Bayless, writer Christopher Esposito-Bernard (an Asian American) offers thoughtful comments.

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