Speaking Request

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I’ve spoken on the following topics, but I’m happy to prepare other content.

Understanding the Heart Cry of #Black Lives Matter (Race and the Church Series, Richmond, VA)

Red and Blue & Black and White: Untangling Race, Politics, and Religion in America (First Mondays Speaker Series, Dordt College, Iowa)

A Reformation in Education: How Should Christians Engage Public Schools? (The Gospel Coalition National Conference, Indianapolis, IN)

How to Be Salt and Light (Campus Outreach New Year’s Conference, Greenville, SC)

The Historical Politics of Race in America (First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA)

Divided by Faith: Why Are Our Churches Segregated in the First Place (PCA General Assembly, Mobile, AL [paywall])

Loving “Those People”: Understanding Implicit Bias, Racism, and the Gospel (Lecture, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA)

The Reformation and Racial Reconciliation (Together for the Gospel [T4G], Louisville, KY)

The Image of God and the Minority Experience (PCA General Assembly, Greenville, SC)

A Biblical Theology of Race and Ethnicity

Biblical Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Christian Organizations


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 1. A Biblical Theology of Race and Ethnicity

Race is not merely a social issue, it is a gospel issue. Many Christians have historically shied away from talking about race and the church by reasoning that such concerns were not appropriate for Christians to address. Instead, they argue, believers should focus on purely spiritual issues such as personal salvation and holiness. Is race an fitting subject for Christians to address? Should they talk about it in church or only in personal interactions? How can believers improve race relations and remove some of the stigma without losing the gospel?

This presentation traces the idea of race and ethnicity from Genesis to Revelation. It explains how God has a beautiful plan for human diversity that culminates in the heavenly picture of people from every tribe, language, people and nation gathering around the throne to worship the Savior (Rev. 5:9).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Cite key biblical texts that talk about race and ethnicity.
  • Describe the implications of vertical reconciliation with God for horizontal reconciliation with people of different races and cultures.
  •  Distinguish between biblical and un-biblical forms of diversity.

 

 2. The Image of God in the Minority Experience

The image of God is a key doctrine for putting issues of race and ethnicity in their proper place. Too often people mistakenly make ethnicity ultimate which leads to hatred and discord. Other people disregard race as irrelevant and claim to be “colorblind.” Neither extreme does justice to the image-bearing character of all humankind. How can race and ethnicity be important but not supreme? What God-given differences are part of our image-bearing nature and which differences arise from sin? How can Christians respect the dignity of all human beings as made in the image of the Creator to foster harmony amidst differences?

This presentation discusses the classical Christian doctrine of the image of God with special attention given to the implications for race and ethnicity. It further traces the distinct ways in which the image of God in minorities, particularly African Americans, has been defaced through racism and marginalization. Far from crafting a simplistic narrative of heroes and villains, this presentation teaches participants how to respect all people, whether allies or enemies, as made in God’s image.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the doctrine of the image of God and relate it to race and ethnicity.
  • Trace various historical events and movements to show how the image of God has been intentionally and systematically defaced in some minority groups.
  • Articulate how the gospel of Jesus Christ redeems the image of God in all people and helps put race and ethnicity in their proper perspective.

2 thoughts on “Speaking Request

  1. I recently read your writing about living in the Deep South. As you were describing the cotton fields and being able to see the slaves it brought me to tears. I have never been south and have never witnessed segregation. I couldn’t finish reading. The tears kept flowing to a point I could no longer see the words. I feel awful for the things that have happened in the past and present. I am a 33 year old white woman. I have always tried to distance myself from all the horrible things on this earth. You opened my eyes to all that is still happening here. Because of your honest and sincere writing I appreciate my town and neighbors so much more. I am lucky enough to live in the north in a small town where race doesn’t seem to matter. We have an abundance of biracial families and immigrants that are all friendly and loving. You’ve made me proud to call this my home. If everyone would stop to read about everyone’s struggles and imagine themselves in there place maybe racism would cease to exist. Your a wonderful writer. I hope your words reach all people of all races and genders. We can truly learn from them and reflect on ourselves and what we could do to improve how we treat others.

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