ALL/Creative Commons © 2021 Robert Osburn It’s time for someone to tell our myopic woke, social justice-advocating friends that racism, past and present, did not destroy and devastate many of our Black communities; rather, it is America’s half-century-old sexual...
Wilberforce International Institute is excited to welcome a new faculty member, Dr. Sylvanus A. Ayeni, who will be working with the Institute as a Faculty Associate and the Coordinator for our Africa Working Group. The Africa Working Group focuses on empowering...
Wilberforce International Institute is excited to welcome a new faculty member, Jenny Jee-El Park, who will be volunteering with the Institute as an Academic Fellow and Artist-in-Residence. Jenny is a world class pianist and is active in Southern California as soloist, chamber musician, educator, producer, and arranger. One of the goals of Wilberforce International Institute is to be a resource of ideas across the spectrum of God’s Creation with a Christian worldview. What Jenny brings to Wilberforce is a brilliant gift and is a wonderful resource for the role of music in worldview formation. Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables, once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
When it comes to music and her Christian worldview, Jenny finds it impossible to be silent! Institute President, Dr. Kevin Cooney, had this to say about Jenny, “Jenny is remarkably talented and gifted with a passion for music that is only exceed by her passion for God. She will be a great asset in broadening the Christian worldview offerings of Wilberforce International Institute to our internationals and supporters. We have sorely needed someone to articulate a Christian worldview towards music and Jenny is the perfect fit for us. God has truly blessed us.” Wilberforce Senior Fellow, Dr. Bob Osburn had this to say, “Jenny Park brings a Spirit-empowered passion for music that has been cultivated in some of America’s finest musical institutions. Her passion is as remarkable as is her willingness to deploy that passion and her skills for the sake of Christ-animated redemptive change across the globe.”
The 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a favorite at Christmas: its inspirational content, beloved main actor Jimmy Stewart, and a story so very, very American (themes of hard work, family, and community). It honors the heroic individual who discovers, after his life has taken all the worst turns, Bedford Falls, New York would have been a hellish place if George Bailey had not lived. But, I invite you to also consider the film a metaphor for the positive difference Christianity makes in a society. So, what makes this 75 year-old film a believable metaphor for the flourishing that results when the Gospel changes society?
Anyone who desires to share the Gospel with another human being, or who wants to become a redemptive change agent within the context of his or her own culture, risks failure if they ignore the critical role worldview plays in the process…
The bubbling heart of 21st century postmodernism is Critical Race Theory (CRT), an alien worldview slithering into many of our evangelical churches with the aid of those earnest to find solutions to longstanding injustices. CRT claims to offer a set of tools against racism and other injustices, but actually promotes the unjust, pernicious racialization of American life. With charity and grace that gets justice just right while not diminishing past and present incidents of racism and injustice in American life, Allen’s new book contrasts biblical justice with its explosive CRT counterfeit labeled “ideological social justice.”
The Board of Directors of the Wilberforce Academy, a Christian non-profit dedicated to training international students and scholars as redemptive change agents, is pleased to announce that today, September 1, 2020, Dr. Kevin Cooney assumed leadership as the organization’s new President.
Today, I would guess that not many people outside of the South could tell you who Ralph McGill was, and among those who can, most are probably over the age of sixty. My concern is that we may have seen the last of the Ralph McGills, at least for a while. It isn’t because there are no good and courageous newspaper editors and publishers. I expect there are many. The problem is not with them. The problem is with us. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph McGill appealed to moral absolutes backed up by the eternal consequences of running afoul of them. In our newly-progressive era, upon what grounds can we appeal to justice if we have summarily rejected biblical authority?
On this Independence Day celebrating America’s founding, I am more conscious than ever that my Christian faith fuels my loyalty to America and the founding ideals for which we stand. While many fellow citizens demolish statues during iconoclastic frenzies and others insist on racializing our nations in ways that undermine national unity, I want to tell you about my friend the American patriot of Chinese ancestry.
Mentee Spotlight: Dr. Colin Gan on Discovering a Ministry that is Decreasing the Abortion Rate, One Mother at a Time.
Among the group of individuals mentored by Dr. Osburn, Singaporean mentee Colin Gan is known as a passionate cheerleader of other change agents around the world, sharing their stories and encouraging group members to consider what they might learn from these...
I tell our international mentees about the student who goes to the doctor, coughing, feverish, blowing his nose, generally miserable. After examining him, the doctor announces, “You have a broken arm. I will put a cast on your arm for the next six weeks until it heals.” Who grants this doctor permission to practice medicine? And, yet, many of the doctors of our civilization and society, cloistered in academia’s hallowed ivory towers, misdiagnose our social maladies and offer failed remedies. The current and perhaps the most destructive misdiagnosis is systemic racism, which maintains that disparities between racial groups are caused by malignant racism that festers not only in human hearts but in the structures and institutions of society.
The horrid murder of a black man—a human being with full God-given dignity and responsibilities to glorify His Creator and to protect His world while also producing goods and services that serve his neighbor— by a white policeman on May 25 has unleashed what a neighbor called “demonic forces.” Thousands of youth (of all races, not just blacks) are rampaging and looting and burning and destroying at will as I write.