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Racial Reconciliation Response & resources

United in Christ

In our culture that has become “either-or” and “us-against-them”, it is important as Christians to focus on what unites us.  We are united in our profession that “Jesus is Lord” (Philippians 2:11).  We are one in Christ (Galatians 3:26-29).  We all agree to the teachings of Scripture that racism is a sin (James 2:8-9) and that God deeply cares about justice (Isaiah 1:17).  With the gospel and racial justice, I hope as Christians that we deeply CARE about this subject matter, and it leads us to ACT in a way that honors Jesus, that reflects our love for God and love for our neighbors (Mark 12:28-31).

Racial Justice Resources

From City to City North America

'We Are...' By Efrem Smith

This article was written by Efrem Smith in May 2020 and distributed by City to City North America. In light of the murder of George Floyd.
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'Love of Neighbor and the Race Transcending Gospel' By Trillia Newbell

The Gospel & Our Cities: Chicago leaders & practitioners speak on key topics in urban ministry: church planting, church renewal, mercy & justice & faith & work.

'Justice With Jesus' by Deanna Pierre

"Justice and mercy is not something we are called to do in our own strength and power. It is an invitation into something that Jesus is doing.."
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Carl Ellis: “Emerging Challenges in Today’s Urban Context”

The Gospel & Our Citites: Chicago leaders & practitioners speak on key topics in urban ministry: church planting, church renewal, mercy & justice, faith & work.

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literature on racial Justice

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know.
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Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for us All by Bryan Loritts

This seminal book on race and the church opens our heart and mind to the reality of racial divides.

The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation by Miles McPherson

"Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America today, and our preference for clinging to those who are like us leads to big problems in our country as a whole."
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From the Gospel Coalition

George Floyd and Me by Shai Linne

Raw, personal reflections from Christian hip-hop artist Shai Linne on the recent racial injustices
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Our Present Moment: Why is it so Hard? by Kevin Deyoung

If we as Christians get to a point where we’re embarrassed to say, “Love is what we need to do,” then we’ve missed what it means to be a Christian.
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How Churches can Address Hidden Feelings of Prejudice and Racism by Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry—writer, speaker, and artist—discusses how churches can seek to uproot sin of prejudice and racism.
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Religious Liberty and Racial Justice: It All Matters to God by Jackie Hill Perry

Religious liberty, abortion, marriage, and racial injustice—all of it matters to God,
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From Tim Keller/Redeemer Presbyterian Church New York

Grace, Justice and Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson and Tim Keller

In an age of mass incarceration and growing racial tension, how can a church committed to the flourishing of a whole city and engage as ambassadors of reconciliation and restoration?
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Formed for Justice Conference: Christina Edmondson, Daniel Hill, Gabriel Salguero, Jemar Tisby, Soong-Chan Rah, Tim Keller

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Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective by Tim Keller

If we don’t get what the Bible says about corporate evil, we won’t only misunderstand the Bible, but we won’t understand our non-white brothers and sisters’ pain
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The Sin of Racism by Tim Keller

Biblically, sin is anything that falls short of God’s will and glory, that violates his law and his character. Tim Keller lists out four ways in which racism is a sin.
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From an Asian American Perspective

How Should Asian American Christians Respond? An Interview with Alex Jun and Bryan Loritts

How should Asian American Christians begin the conversation around race and racism?
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Reflections While Attending a Protest March for George Floyd by Gene Joo:

Gene K. Joo marching alongside thousands of masked protesters, couldn't help but note the irony in that the goal of protests was to unmask racism.
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Books for Children

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

This book will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church
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God Made Me and You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity by Shai Linne

This colorful and compelling children's book serves as a resource and lifelong gift, helping families understand diversity from a biblical perspective and with a clear picture of the beauty and glory of God
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