In this edition of Exploring Hope, Jamie Dew talks with Derek Hicks, Henry Luce Diversity Fellow in the Divinity School at Wake Forest University, about progress, reconciliation, divisions, and other issues in race relations in the church.
Every Thursday afternoon we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church. This week J. D. reflected on why we — the evangelical church — fail to progress past the recent discussions on race.
Here’s an excerpt:
Both “sides” must be swifter to hear than to speak, and both sides must think of the “interests of another community as more important than their own.” Practically, that means gospel-centered white leaders will talk as much about the injustice and problems of white privilege, and the hurt and frustration it has caused in the black community as they do the problems with how the protestors have behaved. That also means that gospel-centered black leaders will talk as much about the need to protect the innocent and to extend to all the full benefits of the justice system to all as they do their anger (though justified) about past injustices.
1) Derwin Gray, Pastor of Transformation Church, recently wrote about Ferguson, the Cross, and reconciliation. Well worth the read.
2) In light of the NY grand jury decision not to indict an officer who killed an unarmed Eric Garner, Russell Moore talked about the case for justice at stake and the church’s role.
3) Is the young, restless, and reformed “movement” a failed one? This week, D. A. Carson wrote about “The Underbelly of Revival: Five Reflections on Failure Among the Young, Restless, and Reformed.” Wise and balanced analysis here.
4) Matt Capps, Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship Church in Mt. Juliet and Nashville, TN, writes about the missional church at Pastors Today. Is your church missional?