A List of Resources About the Gospel and Diversity

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the gospel and diversity? Where do you start? What is trustworthy and worthwhile? What are some helpful resources to understand the biblical call for a racially, ethnically, economically, and culturally diverse body of worshipers?


I recently had the privilege of presenting a workshop at the 2014 General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America. The workshop was titled, “An Indigenous Reformed Movement in African American Communities”. My central point was simple.

We are witnessing a rise in historic and classic Reformed theology among African Americans and for that we should praise God. But we have more work to do before we see a truly indigenous Reformed movement among African Americans take place in a consistent and widespread manner.

As part of that presentation I included a “Resource Page”. This document contained links to blog posts, articles, websites, conferences, ministries, and books. All of the resources relate in one way or another to diversity, culture, and the gospel. Several of these items have been significant in shaping my thinking about diversity and Christianity. I hope that by collecting many of them in one place others will be blessed as I have been. Enjoy!

Resources on the Gospel and Diversity

Blogs Posts & Articles

Five Factors in the Rise of Reformed Theology Among African Americans
The Components of a Movement 
An Indigenous Reformed Movement among African Americans
Jonathan Edwards, Slavery, and the Theology of African Americans
Pastoral Letter on Racism by the Committee on Mission to North America
African American Church Planting Study by Lifeway Research


Reformed African American Network
Pass the Mic
The Front Porch
Urban Gospel Mission
Christian Hip Hop: Reach RecordsLampmodeCollision RecordsClear Sight MusicWade-O RadioRapzilla

Conferences & Events

New Life Fellowship Conference
African American Church Planting Initiative (ACCPI)
Leadership Development & Resource Weekend (LDR)
Kainos Conference

Ministries & Initiatives
African American Leadership Initiative (AALI)
New City Network
Rebuild Network
MNA African American Ministries


(note: many of these books can be found at the RAANetwork bookstore–“The Bookshelf

Divided by Faith: Evangelicals and the Problem of Race in America by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: and Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
United by Faith: The Multi-Racial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim

On Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African American Christian Experience by Anthony Carter
Bloodlines by John Piper
United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia Newbell
Black and Free by Tom Skinner
Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African Written by Himself by Olaudah Equiano

From Every People and Nation a Biblical Theology of Race by J. Daniel Hays
Introducing Black Theology: Three Crucial Questions for the Evangelical Church by Bruce L. Fields
Preaching in Black and White: What We can Learn from Each Other by E.K. Bailey and Warren W. Wiersbe
Going Global Beyond the Boundaries: The Role of the Black Church in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by Carl Ellis
One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology by Jarvis Williams    Aliens in the Promised Land Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions by Anthony Bradley

The Decline of African American Theology: from Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity by Thabiti Anyabwile
Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African American Experience by Carl Ellis, Jr.
My Friend, the Enemy by William Pannell
The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation by Stephen R. Haynes

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