LifeWay apologizes for 10 year old offense to Asian Americans

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Ten years ago LifeWay Christian Resources published a Vacation Bible School curriculum they believed would introduce kids to Jesus using an Asian culture theme. But “Far Out Rickshaw Rally – Racing Towards the Son” became a lesson in cross-cultural miscommunication. Critics of the material said it promoted racial stereotypes.

Tuesday (Nov. 6), LifeWay president and CEO Thom S. Rainer apologized for Rickshaw Rally at the Mosaix conference in Long Beach, Calif., a gathering of about 1,000 multiethnic church leaders.

Recession made LifeWay ‘more dependent on God’

August Trustee Meeting 2013
Ridgecrest Conference Center

Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources approved including additional property in the sale of Glorieta Conference Center, elected a new technology vice president, and received an encouraging report from Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO.

“Significant changes have taken place at LifeWay over the last eight years,” Rainer told the trustees assembled at Ridgecrest Conference Center. “Had we not made these changes, LifeWay would be in serious trouble today.”

Rainer sees encouragement even through challenge


LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer reports to the entity’s trustees during their during their Feb. 11-12 meeting at LifeWay’s headquarters in Nashville that “God is working through us during what seems to be, by the world’s standards, an impossible time.”

LifeWay’s VBS is a bridge for spiritual orphans


At LifeWay’s VBS Preview event, VBS leaders from churches all across the country learned about the Colossal Coaster World-themed VBS taken from 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (HCSB). The curriculum will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God on the roller coaster of life.

Q&A with Ed Stetzer


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