Racism and the Chuch - Suggested Reading

The Color of Compromise corrects the record by surveying key points in American history where the tide of racial oppression could have been turned back—or at least minimized—had the church stood against it. Instead, as Tisby demonstrates, Christians chose again and again to propagate the American racial caste system.

Author: Jemar Tisby
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: January 22, 2019


In Bonhoeffer and the Racialized Church, Ross Halbach seeks to reframe the question within Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s conception of the "ultimate and penultimate." Bonhoeffer’s acute sense of God’s continual speaking offers a prophetic challenge to the church: instead of masking the realities of racial sin or pursuing easy resolution, we must confront the full consequences of whiteness in repentant expectation of Christ’s coming. Halbach places the writings of Bonhoeffer into dialogue with the contemporary writings of Willie Jennings, J. Kameron Carter, and Brian Bantum, allowing these various perspectives to augment one another. This approach gives new clarity to present theological discussions of race through a consideration of God’s regenerative work.

Discussions of race must move from seeking a diagnosis to exploring a dialogue that delves deeper into the issue. Racism is not a question to be answered but a resistance that hinders the church from hearing God’s present call, which is given to the body of Christ through baptism and Eucharist. The church’s response to God’s call is found not in the assurance of a solution but in the obedient act of the church’s participation with Christ in preparing the way for the church to hear how the triune God has already spoken and continues to speak today.


Woke Church by Eric Mason  (Author), John M. Perkins (Foreword), Ligon Duncan (Foreword)  

Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference.” –Frederick Douglass, 1845

The prophets of old were not easy to listen to because they did not flatter.  They did not cajole. They spoke hard words that often chafed and unsettled their listeners. Like the Old Testament prophets, and more recent prophetic voices like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Eric Mason calls the evangelical church to a much-needed reckoning. In a time when many feel confused, complacent, or even angry, he challenges the church to:

Be Aware – to understand that the issue of justice is not a black issue, it’s a kingdom issue. To learn how the history of racism in America and in the church has tainted our witness to a watching world.

Be Redemptive – to grieve and lament what we have lost and to regain our prophetic voice, calling the church to remember our gospel imperative to promote justice and mercy.

Be Active – to move beyond polite, safe conversations about reconciliation and begin to set things aright for our soon-coming King, who will be looking for a WOKE CHURCH.



Racism and the Church by Dr. James E. Collins (Author)

Racism is more than a black and white issue. It is a people issue—a spiritual issue. The church must lead the charge and raise a standard against the spirit of racism. Dr. James E. Collins confronts this emotionally charged issue head on, from a biblical perspective. The Gospel of Christ knows no color, gender, denomination, social class or any other separation. It crosses all barriers ... to set all people free. James E. Collins, M.Div., Ph.D., is the senior pastor and visionary of the ethnically and socially diverse Eagle Heights Church in Revere, Massachusetts. Using his experiences as the pastor of multicultural congregations and his own personal interactions with racism, Dr. Collins has a unique, heartfelt, biblically based perspective on racial dynamics within the church. As a sincere servant of the Lord, he takes his message of unconditional, Christ-like love beyond the walls of the church and into the hearts of others.


Be the Bridge - Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation
In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.

But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
Along with prayers, discussion questions, and other resources to enhance group engagement, Be the Bridge presents a compelling vision of what it means for every follower of Jesus to become a bridge builder—committed to pursuing justice and racial unity in light of the gospel.


Raising White Kids - Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice. 

Ideal for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about and cares for children.


The Race Reader

Racism in America's original sin, and we still struggle to understand it. Throughout more than one hundred issues, This Land magazine published on topics spanning from the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to the ongoing struggle of black descendants of Cherokee Freedmen. The Race Reader anthologizes our most courageous work on the subject. This collection illuminates the devastating historical, cultural and personal toll that racism takes from society. And it offers the hope that through understanding, reconciliation is possible. 


The Trial of Standing Bear

In The Trial of Standing Bear, award-winning author and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating tells of the anguish and resolve of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his people as they are forced from their homeland and their subsequent fight to be treated like human beings. Through the historically-accurate illustrations of Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer, you will follow Chief Standing Bear, his family, and members of his tribe from their forced removal from the banks of the Niobrara River in northeast Nebraska to Indian Territory, and the ultimate victory that began the long struggle for civil rights for Native Americans.


Before the Land Run:: The Historic All-Black Towns of Oklahoma

The Historic All-Black Towns of Oklahoma are a part of U.S. history that is missing from most history books. At one time, Edward P. McCabe, the founder of the town of Langston, OK sought to make Oklahoma an All-Black State. Is that a surprising fact? While Oklahoma did not become an all black state, it did create close to 50 black towns- more than any other state in the Union. Thirteen of these towns still exist. The author Cheryl Coleman has visited all of the surviving towns and interviewed residents and leaders. Travel back in time, and learn the fascinating stories of these Oklahomans whose ancestors lived "Before the Land Run".


Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District

Early in the twentieth century, the black community in Tulsa- the "Greenwood District"- became a nationally renowned entrepreneurial center. Frequently referred to as "The Black Wall Street of America," the Greenwood District attracted pioneers from all over America who sought new opportunities and fresh challenges. Legal segregation forced blacks to do business among themselves. The Greenwood district prospered as dollars circulated within the black community. But fear and jealousy swelled in the greater Tulsa community. The alleged assault of a white woman by a black man triggered unprecedented civil unrest. The worst riot in American history, the Tulsa Race Riot pf 1921 destroyed people, property, hopes, and dreams. Hundreds of people died or were injured. Property damage ran into the millions. The Greenwood District burned to the ground. Ever courageous, the Greenwood District pioneers rebuilt and better than ever. By 1942, some 242 businesses called the Greenwood district home. Having experienced decline in the '60s, '70s, and early '80s, the area is now poised for yet another renaissance. Black Wall Street speaks to the triumph of the human spirit.

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