In his new book, Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church, Edward Gilbreath recaptures what we have lost in the sound bits of King’s words and by embracing the myth of a post-racial America. Gilbreath immediately sets the stage by dropping the readers into the world, thoughts, and racial realities of the late 1950s America. He does this by interweaving historic and the racially charged events leading up to and surrounding Birmingham, along with the personal story, upbringing, challenges, and failures of Dr. King.
An Interview with Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief
Immigration was one of the hot-button issues of the last presidential election, and it continues to be a divisive issue in the halls of Washington DC today. Unfortunately, far too many Christians and evangelical churches are uneducated on this important issue or taking their “facts” from opinionated and unresearched political and media sources that do not have a holistic Christian worldview.
There is no doubt about it, immigration is a source of tension for all of us. Thankfully, World Relief has made it their mission to “empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable” and that includes standing for displaced refugees and immigrants.
The past few weeks have been quite busy and I wanted to share some of my reflections. I spent most of last week in Long Beach, CA attending the Mosaix National Multi-cultural church conference. There were many highlights from the conference, but for me, a critical moment was hearing Dr. John Perkins deliver a message near the end of the conference. Some of you may not be familiar with Dr. Perkins, but he is one of the leading evangelical voices from the Civil Rights Movement. He is an international speaker that primarily focuses on the topics of racial reconciliation and Christian community development. He is a living legend. Near the beginning of his speech Dr. Perkins said, “I feel finished.” I felt a well of emotions come through me and my eyes began to water. I am somewhat aware of the losses in his life, his struggles through the Civil Rights Movement, and his passion for the gospel and the Church as God’s people. Those few short words for me held the weight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. Dr. Perkins, in his lifetime, has seen with his eyes many of the things that Dr. King could only dream about. And as he looked over a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-cultural audience of approximately 1,000 people, all of whom have covenanted to love the Lord and his church, and to share the gospel without fear, Dr. Perkins had a mountain top experience. At his revelation, I was reminded again of the privilege that I have to stand on the shoulders of people like Dr. Perkins and the responsibility that I have to pass the baton on to the next generation who will raise up a standard for Christ.