The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change
Authors: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Rev. Rick Richardson
Why I picked up this book (I have the expanded edition, which I highly recommend):
Since completing a seminary course in racial reconciliation studies in 2012, and specifically in light of the racism and injustices against people of color that have gained national attention over the past few years, I have either been praying and reading more about the gospel as the ministry of reconciliation, or reading work by those who have committed their lives and ministry to the pursuit of reconciliation. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is one of those such reconcilers, and I have enjoyed learning from her writing, teaching, and preaching.
I have had wonderful opportunities to interact with brothers and sisters in Christ this spring during this season of travel and speaking engagements. I have loved reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. One of these new friends is Mark Moore, Director of Church Mobilization at International Justice Mission. Mark attended a forum titled, Grappling with Race & Reconciliation as Resurrected Sons & Daughters, where I was a featured panelist at the Missio Alliance conference a couple weeks ago. During this time, I shared how one of my white male high school teachers impacted my life and influenced the trajectory of my future. Mark, a white male, was overcome with gratitude and thanksgiving as he shared his similar story with me following the forum. His was my story in reverse. It was an African American male that positively influenced his life and changed his future. I shared with him the importance of sharing these positive stories and changing the negative narratives that are far too common and stereotypical in our society. I am honored to share our encounter and part of Mark’s story here:
A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race
Why I picked up this book:
I read this book while completing my racial reconciliation studies in seminary. I continue to reread and reference it because the book is just that good!
Who Should Read A Credible Witness:
This is a necessary read for American Christians, particularly those who are struggling to live out their faith in a culture that elevates the powerful over the powerless and the dominate over the dominated. This book can be a catalyst for important conversations that must happen in our homes and churches about race and injustice.