Show Notes:

Guest Bio: Dr. A.R. Bernard is the founding pastor of the 45,000 member Christian Cultural Center, and has dedicated his life to helping people understand the cultural importance and impact of Jesus’ life and influence. He’s been sought after by Oprah and has served on multiple New York City mayoral transition teams. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Karen.

Christianity was important to me, because for me, it gave me the truth about God, the truth about what it means to be human, the truth about what it means to live in this world.

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Verses Mentioned in Show:  

  • So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them: Genesis 1:27 
  • On earth as it is in heaven: Matthew 6:10
  • Adam and Eve sin: Genesis 3
  • Dominion mandate: Genesis 1:28
  • The least of these: Matthew  25:40
  • God in Christ reconciling the world: 2 Corinthians 5:19-20
  • The Word became flesh and chose to dwell among us: John 1:14
  • Sent his word and healed them: Psalm 107:20 
  • Salt of the earth: Matthew 5:13

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “I was too light to be black and too dark to be white.”
  • “I knew that God, truth, and reality was synonymous. So wherever I found one, the other two had to be present.”
  • “It erased the image of white Jesus that I saw in paintings and artwork, and brought me to a Jesus revealed in Scripture.”
  • “I saw Christ as the cosmic ruler of the universe, to whom all governments, levels of authority, power, social institutions were subject to him.”
  • “Essentially, culture is man’s attempts to order his society and determine the best ways to live in it. Now contrast that to the kingdom of God, which is the reign and rule of God or the government of God or God’s way of doing and being, which means a culture.”
  • “Christianity was important to me, because it gave me the truth about God, the truth about what it means to be human, the truth about what it means to live in this world.”
  • “God’s presence has to be present within the culture in order to affect change.”
  • “What makes us different? Our Christian identity. What does that mean? Secondly, how far do we adjust to the culture without compromising our Christian convictions? How far do we blend into the culture without losing our Christian identity?”
  • “It begins with the fundamental image of God that is stamped on every human being, from which we get our dignity, worth and value and therefore are entitled to a quality of life consistent with that worth, that dignity, and that value.”
  • “That sinful condition is not what they [Adam and Eve] gained as a result of sin, but what they lost. They lost holiness, they lost justice, they became wounded, broken, disordered, and dysfunctional…We have a responsibility to do good, but that good is always going to be challenged by that condition.”
  • “Present at the inception of every human institution are the seeds of its own destruction.”
  • “There are no small churches or small projects. There’s only small thinking.”
  • “Everything begins in seed form and grows into experience.”
  • “We live life on levels, we arrive in stages. Begin where you are, and build upon that.”
  • Dr. Bernard’s final four things. Number one, God loves us. Number two, God created us for a purpose. Number three, God designed us for achievement. Number four, God believes in us.