One aspect of cross-cultural engagement will include educating ourselves regarding differences in race and culture for the purpose of Christ-centered unity, promoting understanding of historical issues of race. This work is centered in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and only seeks to build what Jesus came to build (1 Peter 2:9–10).
A Safe Place to Ask Tough Questions
An Invitation to Listen
February 2021 – Bonfire
with Soong-Chan Rah and Allen Yeh
June 7, 2020 Service at Renewal Church in Warren, Michigan: What’s Going On
Bridging to Racial Righteousness
To get a more in-depth understanding of issues of race, the church, and the Gospel, here are a few books we recommend:
- Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz
- The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges
- Reconciliation Blues by Edward Gilbreath
- How to Heal Our Racial Divide by Derwin Gray
- Insider Outsider by Bryan Loritts
- Woke Church by Eric Mason
- Dream with Me by John M. Perkins
- Divided by Faith by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson
- The Post-Black and Post-White Church by Efrem Smith
- The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
Dialogues on Race and Culture in the NAB
Mutual understanding about race and culture is not arrived at through mandate or pressure but in the context of Christ-centered unity and dialogue where brothers and sisters of different perspectives can share openly and in an environment of grace. A foundational way we seek to grow in our understanding is through holding conversations between people of different ethnicities and views. We set the stage for one another to hear hearts and to seek understanding and even love in the context of being the church.
If you’re interested in hosting or taking part in a dialogue with other believers, or you want to take part in a book study to dive deeper into issues related to cross-cultural engagement, contact Wayne Stapleton.