Archive for the ‘Race’ category

Piper on Blessing Interracial Marriages

December 12, 2011

Really instructive thoughts from Piper on the topic of interracial marriage. Since the news of a church in Kentucky banning an interracial couple, these words are particularly relevant. I might add, also, that interracial marriages is not referring exclusively to black/white races but all races whether Hispanic, Asian, African, or Persian (like myself).

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Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper

September 30, 2011

I recently picked up this book on hard copy as well as on Kindle. Below is an exclusive video documentary featuring John Piper as he walks through his personal story of growing up in the racist South. His personal story boldly champions the transforming power of the gospel and the beauty of racial diversity and harmony in Christ.

Very moving. Check it.

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Bloodlines by John Piper

September 15, 2011

Last night, I picked up on Kindle John Piper’s latest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian (foreword by Tim Keller).  I have always enjoyed reading works by Piper, but I’m especially interested in this one because of the topic and how it relates to my life and work.

There are two parts to the book: part one focuses on  “Our World: The Need for the Gospel” and part two transitions to “God’s Word: The Power of the Gospel.” Needless to say, I’m eager to dive in.

A very cool addition to this new release is an 18-minute documentary of Piper and his past growing up in Greenville, South Carolina.  Check out this excerpt from the documentary.

POTW :: t4g08 :: thabiti

April 19, 2008

A little different POTW this week. I’ve started look at some of the pics from this week and posting some on my Flickr page. You can find them all at this set (or watch them in a slide show). Here are some from Thabiti Anyabwile’s message Tuesday night.

Thabiti On Transracial Adoption and the Gospel

September 20, 2007

Some of you will remember last week my series of posts on race and the gospel (if not, go here for the summary and a PDF compilation you can download).  I was delighted to find out yesterday that the good people of Carolina Hope Adoption Agency recently did an interview with Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of First Baptist Grand Cayman.  In 2000, I went on a short term mission trip to the church where Thabiti pastors and saw first-hand the beautiful makeup of the body of Christ down there at FBC Grand Cayman.  I encourage you to read this interview, especially if you have been following the recent discussion on race and the gospel.

Hometown Hatred and the Gospel of Inclusion, Wrap-Up

September 15, 2007

In the consummation of all things in Christ, there will be for eternity praises unto Jesus, Savior of the world, sung from the lips of millions in thousands of languages where the white man will be but a minority. The racial integrity spoken of in Scripture is not that of a mullet-wearing white man from the South; rather, it is seen when that first-century Palestinian Jew will welcome redeemed sinners to their heavenly home which He has prepared–a home where Jews, Gentiles, Greeks, and yes, Assyrian-Iranians will live as one people with one identity. As I eagerly long for that day, I find myself praying, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Here are my posts from this week regarding the gospel and race:

Part One (Introduction)
Part Two (My Story)
Part Three (Resources)
Part Four (Scriptural Account)

For those who care to have these posts in one downloadable document, I have compiled them in a PDF document which you can access HERE.

I mentioned in my last post that I relied considerably upon the work of J. Daniel Hays and his book, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race. As an addendum, I have included below the seven conclusions and implications from his book.

1. The biblical world was multi-ethnic, and blacks were involved in God’s unfolding plan of redemption from the beginning.

2. All people are created in the image of God, and therefore all races and ethnic groups have the same status and unique value that results from the image of God.

3. Genesis 10 and the Abrahamic promise combine to form a theme that runs throughout Scripture, constantly pointing to the global and multi-ethnic elements inherent in the overarching plan of God.

4. Racial intermarriage is sanctioned in Scripture.

5. The gospel demands that we carry compassion and the message of Christ across ethnic lines.

6. The New Testament demands active unity in the Church, a unity that explicitly joins differing ethnic groups together because of their common identity in Christ.

7. The picture of God’s people at the climax of history portrays a multi-ethnic congregation from every tribe, language, people, and nation, all gathered together in worship around God’s throne.

Note: Anthony J. Carter reviewed J. Daniel Hays’ book for IX Marks.  You can read his review by going here.

Hometown Hatred and the Gospel of Inclusion, Part 4

September 14, 2007

Alright. This is my last post on this topic. I know it’s long (equivalent of a 10-page paper), but you can read it easily in under 10 minutes. I felt like this topic was important enough to invest a considerable amount of time this week on the topic of race and the gospel, and I hope you find it half as rewarding as I personally have.

In my fourth and final post on “Hometown Hatred and the Gospel of Inclusion,” I want to focus on the Scriptural account. An excellent resource which I have been reading this week is a book by J. Daniel Hays entitled From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race.[1] The concluding section of this post will have the summary of Hays’ superb treatment on this subject. While I would love to talk about race in the Old Testament (especially the Table of Nations in Genesis 10 and the ethnic makeup of the Ancient Near East), I am going to specifically address race in the New Testament.

Gospel Inclusion in the Gospel of John

Beginning with the Gospel of John, one can quickly see that Jesus explaining that his purpose for coming is to dwell not only in a geographic region of the world but in the hearts of the redeemed from every corner of the planet. He came to his own (Israelites), but his own did not receive him. But to all who did receive him and believed on His name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11-12). When Jesus first enters the scene during the ministry of his cousin John the Baptist, John exclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Indeed, from the very introduction of his gospel account, John wants his readers to understand that the right to becoming a child of God was not due to inheritance, lineage, or deservedness of man (John 1:13), but through the universal scope of God’s redeeming purposes, saving grace comes to sinners regardless of geographic location, ethnicity, and background.

In John 1-3, we see Jesus ministering in Jerusalem and Judea; however, in chapter 4, Jesus states that he “had to pass through Samaria” (John 4:4, KJV reads “must needs”). This necessity was precisely because salvation was intended to come not only to the Jews, but to the Samaritans as well. These half-breeds and outcasts of Israel were despised by the Jews, but the King of heaven overthrew the cultural, racial, and societal norms with a new kingdom ethic which embraces not only Jews but Samaritans as well. Finally, in John 12:12-26, we pick up on the scene where Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem just prior to his death. The Evangelist notes that “among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks” who told Phillip, “We wish to see Jesus” (John 12:20-21). When word got to Jesus, he replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23). What is the relationship between the Greeks seeking Jesus and Jesus’ response? Throughout the gospel account, Jesus continues to say, “My hour has not yet come . . .”, but here we see it being inaugurated. Jesus, receiving word that the whole world (Greeks) have sought him, knew that the worldwide redemptive mission had received the cosmic scope of including all races and peoples such that John 3:16 would have its soteriological fulfillment in the hour of his glorification and atonement for sinners through the cross.


Hometown Hatred and the Gospel of Inclusion, Part 3

September 13, 2007

Continuing on the issue of racial reconciliation and the gospel, I want to provide some links and resources for those of you interested in going deeper. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it is a good starting point for further reading. In the following post, I will provide some Scripture texts and commentary on this issue as well.

John Piper: (transcript and audio available)

>> Why Deal with Racial Issues?
>> How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethic Diversity
>> Abortion, Race, Gender, and Christ
>> Racial Reconciliation
>> Every Race to Reign and Worship
>> The Meaning and Significance of Race, Part 1
>> The Meaning and Significance of Race, Part 2 (audio only)
>> Racial Harmony and the Gospel (audio only)
>> Race and Cross
>> The Ethics of Interracial Marriage
>> Interracial Marriage: Celebrating and Serving Diversity in Christ
>> Racial Harmony and Interracial Marriage
>> The Peril of Partiality
>> Class, Culture, and Ethnic Identity in Christ
>> Implications of Being Made in the Image of God (audio only)
>> Jesus Is the End of Ethnocentrism
>> Racial Diversity, Racial Harmony, and the Gospel Walk
>> The Reformed Faith and Racial Harmony

IX Marks Ministries:

>> Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum on Race
>> Sam Lam: “Nine Lessons I Learned From Yellow (And One More)”
>> John Piper: “Did Moses Marry a Black Woman?”
>> D. A. Carson: “Five Steps for Racial Reconciliation on Sunday at 11 a.m.”
>> John Folmar: Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church
>> Thabiti Anyabwile: Many Ethnicities, One Race
>> Rickey Armstrong: Review of On Being Black and Reformed, by Anthony J. Carter
>> Anthony J. Carter: Review of From Every People and Nation, by J. Daniel Hays
>> Ken Jones: Review of The Faithful Preacher, by Thabiti Anyabwile
>> Eric C. Redmond: Review of Reconciliation Blues, by Edward Gilbreath
>> Juan R. Sanchez Jr.: Review of Being Latino in Christ, by Orlando Crespo
>> Jeremy Yong & Geoffrey Chang: Review of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches, edited by Peter Cha, S. Steve Kang, and Helen Lee

Thabiti Anyabwile:

>> Defining “Race”
>> What Race Does not Explain
>> Thabiti’s Top Ten Tips for Talking About Race
>> Jesus and Affirmative Action
>> Talking to Children About Race
>> Fiction

Justin Taylor:

>> Race Stuff 101
>> Race and Grace
>> Race and Barriers
>> Race and Responsibility


>> The PCA Pastoral Letter on Racism
>> All Churches Should Be Multiracial: The Biblical Case in Christianity Today
>> Elect from Every Nation by Paul Kjoss Helseth
>> Biblical Antidotes to Racism, Part 1 by Ronald Kalifungwa
>> Biblical Antidotes to Racism, Part 2 by Ronald Kalifungwa
>> The Divided Church by Anthony Bradley
>> Racial Reconciliation and the Christian Gospel by Tim Gombis
>> The Truth About Ethnicity by Phillip Way
>> ‘Mystery of the Gospel’ = Multi-ethnic Community? by Mark Robinson