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Race & Faith (5): Concluding Reflections

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Race matters, and it matters to God. In this blog series I have attempted to address a less-than-optimal situation that often exists in conservative evangelical (e.g. Baptist) circles. In this situation race and racism are not given much attention, and our limited discourse about race and racism often are shaped … Read More »

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Race & Faith (4): The Life of Christ

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As noted in the previous posts, secular models fail biblically and properly to point the way forward in creating an environment hospitable to racial unity-in-diversity. They fail for various reasons, but they especially fail to understand human depravity, which underlies racism. They also fail to account for the life of … Read More »

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Race & Faith (3): Mutual Responsibility

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In the first installment of this series I articulated a desire for God’s people (especially his Baptist people) to foster a healthy racial unity-in-diversity as a way of reflecting the gospel and previewing his future kingdom. It recognized that we have a long way to go in this area, and … Read More »

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Race & Faith (2): Four Secular Models for Dealing with Racism

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In the previous installment of this series, we noted that evangelicals have not quite made the progress we might think we have in terms of overcoming racism. One reason is that many of us have not crafted a biblically informed and conceptually clear model for understanding race and racism. If … Read More »

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Race & Faith (1): A Prayer for Racial Unity and Diversity in our Churches

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Over the course of the past twenty years, I have filled the pulpit of several hundred churches in the United States. Those churches belong to more than 20 denominations, though most are Southern Baptist. During this twenty-year stretch, I cannot remember more than, say, 20 churches that were multi-racial. Although … Read More »

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On Evangelicals and Race: Two Recommendations

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Yesterday, my fellow contributor Bruce Ashford published an important blog post titled “On Affirmative Action and ‘Wishing You Were Black.’” Bruce accurately points out what I’m just beginning to learn: it is difficult for caucasians to understand exactly how minorities view racism because our position of cultural privilege so informs … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On Affirmative Action and “Wishing You Were Black”

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In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Angela Onwuachi-Willig argues that many whites do not understand affirmative action because they do not understand racism.[1] Moreover, she claims, some whites do not understand race itself. The occasion for Onwuachi-Willig’s essay is the recent Supreme Court decision on Fisher … Read More »

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Honoring “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

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HONORING “LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL By Mark Liederbach with Tom Iversen April 16th marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” Many (including us) rank his letter as one of greatest pieces of American literature ever written.  It is at once a … Read More »

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Aspect 4(a): A Mission Focused on This Nation (Confront the Brutal Facts)

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(By: Danny Akin & Bruce Ashford) Our convention must confront the brutal facts: In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. This includes our own nation-the United States of America-and yet the truth is that we are failing to meet the challenge. While the population of … Read More »

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