Blog Posts on Racial Harmony

Fill in the Cracks of Your Life with Black History This Month

John Piper
Fill in the Cracks of Your Life with Black History This Month

Of course Black History is worthy of the chunks of your life as well as the cracks. But I’m laying claim to the unused parts of dressing, and brushing your teeth and driving and walking.

I am listening to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. It is Equiano’s autobiography published in 1789, and is one of the first widely read slave narratives. I would like to invite you to listen with me to some significant history duringBlack... Continue Reading

More Than Month-Long

Trillia Newbell
More Than Month-Long

February is Black History month. In 1976 the United States government officially acknowledged this month as an annual celebration of noted Black historians, scholars, educators, and publishers. School days for me during the month of February meant learning about historical Black figures like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The posters would go up and we’d be required to dive into heavy research on who these people were and what they did. But as quickly as... Continue Reading

MLK’s Dream and the Nightmare of Black Genocide

David Mathis
MLK’s Dream and the Nightmare of Black Genocide

Black genocide.

That’s Clenard Childress’s term for abortion in America and its pervasive effects in the last generation, especially in the Black community. The statistics are outrageous. One in four African Americans conceived in the last forty years have been cut down by the “black genocide” of legal abortion.

A decade ago Childress founded a website by and for African Americans (blackgenocide.org) “to expose the disproportionate amount of Black babies... Continue Reading

Celebrating Diversity in Our Homes

Trillia Newbell
Celebrating Diversity in Our Homes

I was 22 when I began doing outreach and evangelism with my church college ministry, Volunteers for Christ. When I began knocking on dorm room doors at the University of Tennessee, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. I thought to myself, “Who will reject me? Who will come to know Christ this year? What will I say when the door opens?” If no one opened the door, I would simply slide an invitation to our ministry kick-off under the door.

At one of our ministry... Continue Reading

Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel

John Piper

Racial tensions continue to rise just as I prepare to go to New York next week to talk with Anthony Bradley and Tim Keller about race and the Christian. I watched a video on Wednesday of an African American pastor who said that recently he was denied service at a convenience store. The woman behind the counter said, “We don’t serve your kind.” That’s 2012 not 1962.

From Miami to New York to the Twin Cities frustration over the Trayvon Martin case grows. Seventeen year old... Continue Reading

Preaching About Racial Diversity in Mono-Ethnic Contexts

Jonathan Parnell

Why should pastors preach about racial diversity if they're in contexts made up of the same ethnicity?

John Piper gives four reasons:

  1. Christians everywhere should have a global mindset.
  2. Distant from diversity tends to disguise racism issues.
  3. World conflicts are ethnically oriented and we should care about them.
  4. To be a faithful expositor, pastors must deal with what's in the text.

Get the book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, available at ... Continue Reading

Martin Luther King's "Letters from Birmingham Jail"

Jonathan Parnell

The Introduction to John Piper's Bloodlines is titled :

Martin Luther King Jr.
What Was It Like for Those Who Weren't There?

Piper writes,

Martin Luther King called for freedoms and rights and justice that were long overdue. And he did it with an appeal to historic Christian vision, with amazing rhetorical skill, without condoning violence, and with unprecedented and lasting success. That's why there is a holiday in his honor. One of his writings in particular... Continue Reading

John Piper on Race, Cross, and the Christian

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper recently gathered with a group of urban pastors and church leaders in Minneapolis to speak on his newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.

Partnering with Here's Life Inner City, the event was hosted by Pastor Billy Russell and Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Russell opened up the evening by sharing a little about his story on the "other side of racism." Pastor John's message begins at the 10:20 mark of the video:

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One Way to Glory in the Cross

Jonathan Parnell
One Way to Glory in the Cross

John Piper:

May we never lose sight of this one phrase: “Brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). Brought near to God and therefore brought near to each other. By the blood. By the cross.

Ponder this implication of “by the blood.” Paul says in Galatians 6:14 — and I hope we say with him — “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Boast only in the cross. Does this not mean, among other things, that we want the meaning and the worth... Continue Reading