Blog Posts on Racial Harmony

TGC Interview: Can't Afford to Be Color Blind

Jonathan Parnell

Collin Hansen from The Gospel Coalition continues his interview with John Piper on race and the gospel with this eight-minute video:

Time markers:

0:02 — What is at stake in our pursuit of racial harmony?

3:31 — Why do some think the ideal is color blindness?

6:30 — Every person has stereotypes.

Read Collin's commentary for this clip and check out the first part of the interview.

TGC Interview: Confronting the Racial Sins of Our Fathers

Jonathan Parnell

A couple months ago Collin Hansen from The Gospel Coalition sat down with John Piper for an 11-minute interview on the mixed legacy of race relations among evangelicals:

Time-markers —

0:05 — Is there more white supremacy today than 50 years ago?

1:42 — Does ethnic diversity bring out more racism or help eradicate it?

3:03 — Why do some Bible-believing Christians disobey what the Bible teaches?

3:44 — How opposing interracial marriage was the foundation... Continue Reading

The Power of the Gospel and Ethnic Strife

Jonathan Parnell

Together for the Underestimated Gospel, April 10-12, 2012, in Louisville, KY.

Tomorrow night Pastor John will gather with a group of urban leaders in Minneapolis to speak on this issue of race and the gospel. The event will be live-streamed from 7:30PM (EDT) to 9:30PM (EDT), including an hour of Q&A. We encourage you to join us online by watching and discussing with your small group or church.

Bloodlines Documentary

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up. This 18-minute documentary takes us through his experience of racism in the 1960's American South:

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Bloodlines Documentary Trailer

Josh Etter

Pastor John's newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up.

Here's a two-minute trailer for the 18-minute documentary that will be released in a few weeks:

Get a free download of the Introduction [PDF]. You can order the book online, or call us at 888.346.4700 between 9:00 and 5:00 (CDT), Monday to Friday.

Editorial... Continue Reading

The Tragic Path of James Baldwin

John Piper

James Baldwin, novelist, essayist, poet, was born August 2, 1924 anddied November 30, 1987. From child evangelist in a store-front churchin Harlem, to the front of TIME magazine as a dominant prophetic voiceof the sixties, to a disillusioned anti-American living and dying inFrance, Baldwin’s life was another witness to the power of Christianroots and the tragedy that comes when the root is severed.

James Baldwin on the cover of TIMEIn 1963, when I was a junior in high school, Baldwin published his most... Continue Reading

Racial Diversity in Hell

John Piper

The difference between heaven and hell is not that heaven will be ethnically diverse and hell won’t be. Both will be diverse. All races and all ethnicities and all cultures will be present in hell.

The difference between heaven and hell is that in heaven—that is, in the new heaven and new earth—there will be perfect racial and ethnic harmony, but in hell, racial and ethnic animosities will reach their fullest fury and last forever.

Paul spoke of the ethnic diversity of hell in Romans... Continue Reading

The Black Poet as Prophet

John Piper

Today is Langston Hughes's Birthday (1902-1967). He was one of the 20th century’s most notable African-American poets.

These two poems seem to catch the pilgrimage that has led to the White House. If he could have lived to see what the line would mean: “I too am America”!

Mother to Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se... Continue Reading

Christianity Is the Best Explanation

John Piper

Yesterday I said I’d share Mark Noll’s explanation of America’s successes and failures in the matter of race. Here is his summary which penetrates to the bottom of the “both-and” nature of the God-loved, God-cursed world we live in.

To explain the simultaneous manifestation of superlative good and pervasive malevolence in the history of race and religion, neither simple trust in human nature nor simple cynicism about American hypocrisy is adequate.... [Something else... Continue Reading