It didn’t just start yesterday, last week, or last month. Injustice and racial disunity span deep into both our national and global history.
We are broken people living in a broken world. But we are meant to be ambassadors of reconciliation, striving to learn, listen, and act for justice as we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ.
However, knowing who to listen to and what actions to practically take can be difficult. Many voices are speaking loudly. Many emotions are surfacing powerfully. What can we do? Where do we turn?
We’ve worked with various authors and trusted Christian voices who have provided resources that can practically aid yourself, your group, or your church towards these ends:
- The Church and The Racial Divide (in partnership with ERLC; by Trevor Atwood; general editors Trillia Newbell and Dan Darling)
Featuring contributors: Walter Strickland, Juan Sánchez, and Russell Moore
In light of racial tension in America, many Christian leaders are talking earnestly about racial reconciliation. Many pastors and lay leaders look at the growing tensions in our churches and wonder how they can be a healing force in our culture. The problem is they don’t know where to begin. The average evangelical Christian may not understand why racial reconciliation is a gospel imperative. The average pastor may not know how to pursue it.
This resource features video teaching from key leaders discussing race, culture, and the gospel. Using these evangelical voices and Bible study, participants will learn about racial reconciliation and be equipped to be part of the solution.
- Imago Dei (in partnership with The Gospel Coalition; by Mike Cosper)
Featuring contributors: Jackie Hill Perry, Juan Sánchez, H.B. Charles Jr., Tony Merida, Shar Walker, Sam Allberry, Ligon Duncan, Tim Keller, Miguel Nunéz, D.A. Carson, Rosaria Butterfield, Afshin Ziafat, Albert Mohler, and more.
People are naturally compelled to ask questions of identity: Who am I? What am I worth? Why am I here? The answers culture offers only lead to more questions. To properly answer these questions, we need to look all the way back to the beginning—to our creation—and see that all people are made in the image of God.
Having a well-rounded view of the imago Dei will help us better understand ourselves, God, and the restoring work of salvation that comes to us through Jesus Christ. We can understand what God intended the imago Dei to be, how sin corrupted it, and how Jesus restores it through the power of the cross and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Imago Dei examines the image of God biblically within the grand narrative of Scripture, relationally as it applies to ourselves and others, and missionally in our service to others and in our obedience to the Great Commission.
- The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation (Eds. Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker)
The problem of racism stretches back as far as humanity’s origin in the book of Genesis. Brother pitted against brother, tribe against tribe––people have warred against one another, fueled by contempt for racial differences. Yet the gospel is a message of reconciliation.
The kingdom of God is us reconciled to one another.
Editors Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) assemble leading voices to frame the issues with a gospel-centered perspective. The Gospel for Life series gives every believer a biblically-saturated understanding of the most urgent issues facing our culture today, because the gospel is for all of life.
Additional Bible studies by authors of color:
Jackie Hill Perry