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CBS Sportscaster James Brown on Racial Divisions: the Word of God Is Still the Answer

CBS Sportscaster James Brown on Racial Divisions: the Word of God Is Still the Answer CBS sportscaster James Brown says in a new interview that sports can play a role in addressing racial injustice throughout the country but that the Word of God is still the answer to the nations problems.Brown, a Christian, is the... Read more

Four Misunderstandings About Racial Reconciliation | RELEVANT

One of the many reasons we need to read the Prophets is because they speak to the public dimension of Gods love. Many of us have experienced the personal or private dimension of Gods love; we know what its like to receive his grace and kindness personally. But the prophets remind us that Gods love... Read more

Southern Baptist Convention Considers Name Change amid Racial Unrest

Southern Baptist Convention Considers Name Change amid Racial Unrest Several leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are considering a name change with an alternative, Great Commission Baptists, in light of the recent racial unrest as well as the SBCs past endorsement of slavery.Speaking with the Baptist Press, SBC President J.D. Greear explained that despite the... Read more

30 Percent of Professed Christians Are Not Motivated to Address Racial Injustice, Barna Group Finds

30 Percent of Professed Christians Are Not Motivated to Address Racial Injustice, Barna Group Finds (RNS) As racial tensions have risen in recent months, a new report reveals that some Christians are becoming less motivated to act on racial justice, and an increasing share say there is definitely not a race problem in the country.Christians... Read more

The Maryland Episcopal Diocese Has Pledged a Million Dollars Towards Racial Reconciliation | RELEVANT

The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to pledge racial reparations for slavery and systemic racism. The church voted last weekend overwhelmingly in favor of a million dollar seed fund that would go towards programs that would benefit Black people in Baltimore and across the state. Officials say the... Read more

Practicing Christians Are Actually Becoming Less Motivated to Address Racial Justice | RELEVANT

As the protests against racial injustice have sprung up across the country and around the world, few issues seem to be closer to the forefront of Americans in 2020. The deaths of Black people like Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor fanned the flames of a movement that had been growing for the last... Read more

St. John’s Church Puts Up Murals Promoting Racial Unity, Togetherness

St. John's Church Puts Up Murals Promoting Racial Unity, Togetherness A church in Washington, D.C. that was vandalized by rioters has made a powerful statement on racial unity.St. Johns church, which, according to The Christian Post, was almost burned down and was graffitied by rioters, has painted a series of murals in the spirit of... Read more

Former MLB Pitcher Otis Nixon, Pastor Barry Howard Discuss the Church’s Role in the Fight for Racial Equality

Former MLB Pitcher Otis Nixon, Pastor Barry Howard Discuss the Church's Role in the Fight for Racial Equality One may question, What does a former world series baseball player have in common with a pastor?For former Major League Baseball pitcher Otis Nixon and Atlanta-based Pastor Barry Howard of Wieuca Road Baptist Church, it is a... Read more

Kenoshas John Cooper on Racial Divisions: Jesus Can Change All of This

Kenoshas John Cooper on Racial Divisions: Jesus Can Change All of This For Christian rocker John Cooper, the events of the past few days in Kenosha, Wis., have been personal, even scary. Thats because Cooper the frontman for the Grammy-nominated band Skillet lives in downtown Kenosha with his family, just five or so blocks from the... Read more

Christians call for racial justice in the U.S. – Mission Network News

MNN (USA) — Portland, Oregon has seen over 80 consecutive days of protest. Some of the demonstrations have been peaceful, but others have seen clashes with police (or federal agents) and property destruction. And its not just Portland. Cities around the U.S. have seen large gatherings to protest the murders of George Floyd and Breonna... Read more

Evangelical Christian Colleges Take Steps to Address Racial Justice after Criticism

Evangelical Christian Colleges Take Steps to Address Racial Justice after Criticism (RNS) After the killing of George Floyd on May 25, George Fox University, a Quaker-founded evangelical Christian school in Oregon, announced plans to change its campus culture, improve police engagement and diversify its board of trustees.Gordon College, a Christian institution in Massachusetts,... Read more

How Racial Trauma Gets Passed Down Through Generations | RELEVANT Magazine

Historians have revealed that from the earliest days of First Nation genocide, the enslavement of Africans, and the Japanese internment there has been a concerted effort to keep Black, Indigenous people of color separated and to develop a caste system of sorts to obscure our commonalities. In the wake of Japans attack on Pearl... Read more

20 Quotes on Lament and Racial Reconciliation

I (Matt Smethurst) recently read Mark Vroegop’s timely new book, Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation(Crossway, 2020). The following 20 quotes caught my attention. The church at Antioch wasnt Jewish. It wasnt Gentile. It was both. That was new. Regardless of ethnicity, these believers united around their common belief in... Read more

Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now | RELEVANT Magazine

Ever year, Oxford Dictionaries selects a word that it deems the most important term in the public domain during that year. In 2016 the international word of the year was post-truth. The post in post-truth does not refer to after so much as it signifies an atmosphere in which the very notion of truth... Read more

Help! I Dont Know Where to Start with Racial Reconciliation

This article is part of the Help! series. The Intersection of Lament and Racial Reconciliation Where are we to begin when it comes to issues of race and injustice in our world today? Given the loaded nature of racial reconciliation and justice, a helpful starting point can be lamentthe biblical language of empathy and sorrow.... Read more

Trump Says He Supports ‘Peaceful Protests for Racial Justice’ and Doesn’t Back Confederate Statues

Trump Says He Supports 'Peaceful Protests for Racial Justice' and Doesn't Back Confederate Statues President Trump says in a new interview with the Washington Post that hes not defending confederate memorials and that he supports peaceful protests for racial injustice.He also rejected the charge hes promoting hate: The real hate is the hate... Read more

An Open Letter to the Pastor Desiring Racial Reconciliation in the Church

This article is part of the Open Letters series. Dear Pastor, Im sure you know that the seventh chapter of Revelation envisions redemption culminating with people from every tribe, nation, and tongue standing before our resurrected savior (Rev. 7:9-11). Imagine a sea of faces with varying shades of ethnicity: African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, European,... Read more

The Disregarded Door to Racial Reconciliation

Humanity has a deeply rooted desire for peace. Vocalists sing about it. Poets express their longing for it. Nations fight wars to secure it. Yet establishing peace between individuals, communities, and nations often seems like an elusive dream. It’s so difficult to achieve, in fact, that we can be fooled into believing we have peace... Read more

Wheaton College Dismisses Chaplain Due to Comments of ‘Racial and Sexual Nature’

Wheaton College Dismisses Chaplain Due to Comments of 'Racial and Sexual Nature' Wheaton College said Friday it had dismissed its chaplain due to inappropriate comments and actions of a racial and sexual nature.Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said in a Friday email to the college community that chaplain Timothy Blackmon had been dismissed... Read more

White Christians and Racial Justice: Prioritizing Christian Ethics Over Political and Media Alliances | RELEVANT Magazine

Our alliances matter. In recent history, there might not be a more critical moment for considering our alliances. Wisdom is not needed to make sense out of a clear right or wrong but rather it is most precious when discerning thorny and layered matters. The inclination to seek out sources that are echoing our... Read more

Next Steps: A Night of Lament for Racial Justice The Gospel Coalition

Thank you for joining us for A Night of Lament for Racial Justice. Calling out to God in lament is a vital response to racial justice. Prayer moves the hand of God—and seeking his mercy, wisdom, healing, and help undergirds all our efforts. We must pray for racial justice, but it is not all that... Read more

VeggieTales creator condemns racial inequality in America in viral video

Phil Vischer said the racial inequality that exists today "didn't just happen"The creator of VeggieTales has gone viral after releasing a video in which he highlights the racial discrimination and social and economic disparity that continues to be experienced by black Americans 150 years after the end of slavery. Phil Vischer, who voices Bob the Tomato... Read more

How 5 Pastors are Working on Racial Injustice

When Breonna Taylor was shot by police who burst into her home unannounced in the middle of the night, pastor Deryk Hayes heard the shots. I looked out my bedroom window and saw the police lights and sirens, he said. Hed only been in Louisville a few months, pastoring a largely African American church in... Read more

Tony Evans: ‘Failure of the Church’ Has Led to America’s Current Racial Problem

Tony Evans: 'Failure of the Church' Has Led to America's Current Racial Problem Texas pastor Tony Evans says churches have an obligation to help fix the current divide in America because churches stood on the wrong side of multiple issues of race during the past 200 years.Evans made the comments this month to... Read more

Greg Laurie, Sen. Tim Scott Encourage Nation to Find ‘God Solution’ for Racial Reconciliation

Greg Laurie, Sen. Tim Scott Encourage Nation to Find 'God Solution' for Racial Reconciliation As the nation continues to protest and debate racial reconciliation and police reform, megachurch pastor Greg Laurie and Republican Senator Tim Scott sat down to an honest conversation on how the country can move forward, as reported by Faithwire.Sen.... Read more

25 Essential Black Voices for Anyone Looking to Learn More About Racial Justice | RELEVANT Magazine

As conversations about racial justice, police brutality and a more equitable society for black people grow from the streets to other modes of activism, a lot of people are looking for ways to expand their understanding of race. Even if you’ve already taken in a lot of the books and resources being passed around,... Read more

27 Essential Black Voices for Anyone Looking to Learn More About Racial Justice | RELEVANT Magazine

As conversations about racial justice, police brutality and a more equitable society for black people grow from the streets to other modes of activism, a lot of people are looking for ways to expand their understanding of race. Even if you’ve already taken in a lot of the books and resources being passed around,... Read more

15 Essential Black Voices for Anyone Looking to Learn More About Racial Justice | RELEVANT Magazine

As conversations about racial justice, police brutality and a more equitable society for black people grow from the streets to other modes of activism, a lot of people are looking for ways to expand their understanding of race. Even if you’ve already taken in a lot of the books and resources being passed around,... Read more

MLKs Theological Case for Racial Justice (and Todays Thin Alternatives)

Every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Americans celebrate the legacy of a man whose work profoundly advanced the cause for racial justice in the West. King was a man of many admirable attributesan eloquent orator, adroit strategist, and visionary leader. But most importantly, he was morally principled. His case for racial justice and the civil... Read more