We want to provide helpful resources to help equip us to have healthy conversations with one another, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about race and reconciliation. We recognize that some may be on opposite spectrum regarding race and reconciliation, we believe it is important for us all to humble our hearts, educate our minds, open our ears and represent Christ in our words and actions. Below is a list of resources we've recently shared with the church. For a complete list, click here.
Jemar Tisby has a MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary, is pursuing his PhD in history at the University of Mississippi with a focus on race, religion and social movements in the 20th century, and is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.
His book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism, walks us through a historical narrative that we either don't know or choose to ignore. It's difficult to read as it shares how the American church has contributed to the creation of racist ideas and practices. Tisby isn't trying to shame or blame white evangelicals, but provides an opportunity to educate and share ideas on how we can help improve race relations.
"If peace has been achieved between God and human beings, surely we can have peace between people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds." Jemar Tisby
We hope you take the time to read his book or watch his video series. It is quite enlightening.
John Piper has written a book called Bloodline: Race, Cross, and the Christian where he spends time unpacking his experience of growing up in a segregated south and how the hope we have in Christ can “undermine the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.”
“Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of ‘every tongue, tribe, and nation.’”We hope this is yet another great resource to help guide you in healthy conversations about race and reconciliation.
Source: Amazon Review
The Beaverton Home Community has been going through Latasha Morrison's book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation and highly recommends this as a resource to help equip our hearts to know how to respond to the fight for racial justice in our country.
Be the Bridge exists to "inspire and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation to build a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race."
In addition to reading Morrison's book, be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with their efforts and podcasts.
The Northgate Home Community is reading Miles McPherson's book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation and believes it has been beneficial in having healthy conversations within their group about race and reconciliation.
"Miles McPherson, founder of The Rock Church in San Diego, presents “a discussion about race that we desperately need...a must read” (Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House) and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God."*
*Source: Amazon Review