Brenda Salter McNeil & Rick Richardson
Racial and ethnic hostility is one of the most pervasive problems the church faces. It hinders our effectiveness as one body of believers. It damages our ability to witness to and serve seekers. Why won't this problem just go away? Because it is a spiritual battle. What should our response be in a world torn apart by prejudice, hatred and fear? We must employ spiritual weapons--prayer, repentance, forgiveness. In this book Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson reveal a new model of racial reconciliation, social justice and spiritual healing that creates both individual and community transformation. Read this book if you want to learn how to use your faith as a force for change, not as a smoke screen for self-protection, to embrace your true self and renounce false identities, to receive and extend forgiveness as an act of racial reconciliation, to experience personal transformation through the healing of painful racial memories, and to engage in social action by developing ongoing crosscultural partnerships. This second edition also includes a complete discussion and action guide for study groups.
Mark Deymaz and Oneya Fennell Okuwobi
All over the United States, and even beyond, Christ-followers are embracing the vision of local churches that reflect the heart of God for all people on earth as it is in heaven, beyond race and class distinctions. Yet few tools to date have been developed to teach diverse believers how to walk, work and worship God together as one in the local church for the sake of the Gospel. The Multi-ethnic Christian Life Primer is the first individual daily and small group study on multi-ethnic life and church designed not only for leaders but also, more specifically, for the people in the pews.
Through this eight-week daily experience you will grow in your understanding of the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church, and gain practical insight for doing life together with diverse others beyond the distinctions of this world that so often and otherwise divide.
What does it actually look like to go into today's diverse world with the gospel of Jesus? How can you live in today's culture - not apart from it - in ways that make a real difference? This study helps you experience and envision how you and the rest of your group can be a counterculture for the common good. It's 6 sessions address the following topics: BEGIN - God calls the church to be a counterculture for the common good | DWELL - when we live closely with others, we find new opportunities to minister | UNITE - we serve more effectively and joyfully when we serve together | RECONCILE - God wants to heal our racial and ethnic divisions, especially in and through his church | INVEST - transforming entire communities begins when we give ourselves to people, one by one | ABIDE - spiritual disciplines help us to abide in Christ so we can serve faithfully
Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice
Our world is broken and cries out for reconciliation. But mere conflict resolution and peacemaking are not enough. What makes real reconciliation possible? How is it that some people are able to forgive the most horrendous of evils? And what role does God play in these stories? Does reconciliation make any sense apart from the biblical story of redemption? Secular models of peacemaking are insufficient. And the church has not always fulfilled its call to be agents of reconciliation in the world. In Reconciling All Things Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, codirectors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies. They recover distinctively Christian practices that will help the church be both a sign and an agent of God's reconciling love in the fragmented world of the twenty-first century. This powerful, concise book lays the philosophical foundations for the Resources for Reconciliation, a new series from InterVarsity Press and the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School which explores what it means to pursue hope in areas of brokenness in theory and practice.
Conversation with Ken List and Michael Miller