This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the third annual “Engage our Culture” forum at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte campus. The topic for this year’s forum was “Bridging the Great Divide: The Church’s Call to Racial Reconciliation” featuring Margaret Yu, National Executive Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ); Mark DeYmaz, founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, leader of the Mosaix Global Network and author of several books related to multi-ethnic church ministry; Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of the recently released Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times; and Bishop (Dr.) Claude Alexander, Jr., Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC.
The panel began with a question about the basic theological or biblical foundation for having a discussion about the social construct of race. This cultural and community dynamics concerning diverse people groups is prevalent throughout scripture.
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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.
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This evening beginning at 7:00 PM EDT, the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Alumni Forum is hosting an educational event: “Bridging the Great Divide: The Church’s Call to Racial Reconciliation” featuring thought leaders, pastors, and theologians:
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