In this edition of Exploring Hope, Jamie Dew talks with Derek Hicks, Henry Luce Diversity Fellow in the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, about progress, reconciliation, divisions, and other issues in race relations in the church.
1) John Hammett, John Leadley Dagg Chair of Systematic Theology, writes about salvation and God’s mission, including the extent of the atonement, at Ed Stetzer’s blog.
2) Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, reflects on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s advent reflections while in prison. Only prisoners understand that from which they have been set free.
3) Ed Stezter shares Part 3 of LifeWay’s research on the church and mental illness. Well worth keeping up with this research.
4) At CT, Ruth Moon with some interesting research findings on whether pastors think the gospel mandates racial reconciliation.
5) At SEND Network, NAMB President Kevin Ezell reflects on God’s work in 2014.
Yesterday, Southeastern held its final chapel of the semester. In light of the deaths Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and subsequent protests regarding the grand jury decisions in their respective cases, Danny Akin led the community in a time of worship and prayer. The specific focus was on our churches’ roles in racial reconciliation in this country. We need it. Join us in praying for it. We pray the video here will aid those prayers.