Ethnicity in the Bible - A closer look at Jesus' world

History is strewn with examples of ethnic groups being disregarded, persecuted, or treated as less than human.

I have had the privilage of writing an article for the American Bible Society read how, isolated verses from the Bible have been used to justify such atrocities as the slave trade or anti-Semitism. But throughout the Bible we see God's intention to reach all races and nations with salvation (Genesis 12:2-3, Revelation 7:9). We see this the most clearly in the life of Jesus, who embodied God's love for all people, including the diverse ethnic groups right around him. As we take a closer look into Jesus's cultural milieu we can begin to understand the deep significance of his radical inclusion.

An Article in the American Bible Society by Veronica.

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    Around fifteen years ago the Vine Community Church was started.  Serving Cherry Willingham, Fiskerton and Reepham.  Originally meeting in Village halls of those places.  Lots of things have happened in those fifteen years. For one,  our youngest who could only crawl backwards when the Vine launched can now walk as well as any fifteen year old.  This weekend (14th October 2018) sees the founding pastors of the Vine. Veronica and Dave Podbury step down. It is a time that we look back on the amazing times we have had under their tenure.  Starting Carols on the Green, taking on the Village Library, providing one-to-one support for people struggling with life or mental illness to name but three. 

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    As Jenny and I start this adventure we would welcome you saying ‘Hi’ if you are in the villages.

    So who are we?

    Well, I am Darren and for four days a week I work for a large software company and Jenny (we’ve been married for over 20 years) runs the Assist service if you don’t know what that is, check out the link. We have lived in Cherry for the last fifteen years.  If you want to know more than that come and meet us some time. 

    Until then we are excited at the honour we have been given of serving the Vine and the villages and surrounding areas.



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