Blog Posts on Racial Harmony

How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations

Trillia Newbell
How to Teach Your Kids About the Nations

My kids are young.

They are young and impressionable, which is why my husband and I have chosen to start teaching them about the nations now. Their curiosity actually began well before we pulled out the flags and books about different parts of our world.

I am a black female married to a white man. Even at the age of two, my son would remark about my “chocolate” skin when he noticed that it’s significantly darker than his. Now that curiosity has become an opportunity... Continue Reading

The Church and the World: Homosexuality, Abortion, and Race with John Piper and Douglas Wilson

Tony Reinke

All the hot-button topics were on the table Sunday night in downtown Minneapolis. Bethlehem College and Seminary hosted a dialogue on Christ and culture with John Piper and Douglas Wilson, moderated by Joe Rigney. The video is now available.

Early on, the conversation turned to slavery, racism, and Wilson’s controversial stance which sparked a lengthy online debate with Thabiti Anyabwile just months ago. Piper, who... Continue Reading

Tapestry: A Vision for Trans-Cultural Church

David Mathis

Leonce Crump describes the vision as “trans-cultural.” Not multi-cultural, but trans-cultural.

Crump pastors Renovation Church in Atlanta and has found the image of a tapestry to be helpful. The individual pieces are essential, but the whole is more beautiful than the parts. Says Crump, more important than being African-American is being a child of God.

In this five-minute video, Crump wonderfully articulates his trans-cultural vision, walking us through the... Continue Reading

Keeping King’s Dream Alive

David Mathis
Keeping King’s Dream Alive

It truly was the dream speech.

Fifty years ago today — on August 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to a podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.

A quarter of a million civil-rights supporters crowded into Washington D.C. to have their voices heard, and King’s voice was the spark plug. It became a defining moment for the movement.

A Rhetorical Masterpiece

As his electric speech came to a climax, he departed... Continue Reading

Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)

Tony Reinke
Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)

Excepting a few tweeted links to various articles, Pastor John didn’t write anything new himself in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

In a Q&A discussion this week at the Campus Outreach Global Staff Conference in Orlando, a group of African American ministry leaders asked him why he chose not to respond. We served up the same question to him, and he responded from Orlando on the phone yesterday in a special episode of... Continue Reading

When a Black Woman Married a White Man

Trillia Newbell
When a Black Woman Married a White Man

It’s interesting that something so commonplace and natural to me can be such a mystery to others. You see, I’m a black woman married to a white man. For many — perhaps more than would like to admit — my marriage is viewed as radical, strange, or even unbiblical. People are confused about interracial relationships and this was made clear in a recent “Ask Pastor John” podcast.

A listener wrote in to ask an important question: “Can a white woman marry a black man?” I... Continue Reading

Love and Interracial Marriage: 5 Principles for Engaging a Disapproving Family

Phillip Holmes
Love and Interracial Marriage: 5 Principles for Engaging a Disapproving Family

Most of us agree that interracial relationships, though beautiful, can potentially be harder. I stress “potentially” since often it is assumed that people of different ethnicities are automatically opposites.

When engaging the topic of interracial dating, we must recognize that no ethnicity is monolithic. Therefore, we are called to get to know individuals and avoid jumping to conclusions based on the color of one’s skin.

I am... Continue Reading

On Cussing and Interracial Marriage (Ask Pastor John)

Tony Reinke
On Cussing and Interracial Marriage (Ask Pastor John)

Over the past two weeks we released nine new Ask Pastor John episodes, including milestone episode number 100. We also released two episodes which quickly generated over 25,000 plays (each) in the last week: an episode on cussing (97), and an episode on whether a white woman can marry a black man (98). Those two new episodes quickly became the most played of all the other 102 tracks we've released to date.

What follows are brief excerpts from each of the... Continue Reading

We Are Family: What African Americans Bring to Reformed Theology

Jemar Tisby
We Are Family: What African Americans Bring to Reformed Theology

Reformed theology is theology in process. Semper reformanda, we say — always reforming.

As a body of thought, Reformed theology is not complete. The challenge and opportunity for Christians is not to revise the biblical principles but to make our doctrinal formulations more biblical —and faithfully apply them in different cultures and contexts.

Developing Theology in Community

One of the goals for the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) is... Continue Reading

Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

David Mathis
Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

It was 1948, during Jackie Robinson’s second season in Major League Baseball, when some bigots in Cincinnati were really giving him the business.

Just the previous year, Robinson had been the one with the monumental courage to break the color barrier as the first African American of the modern era to play in baseball’s highest league. He had endured unthinkable cruelty and injustice for de-segregating the game, and he was succeeding on the field and off. Not only did... Continue Reading