Resources on Race and the Christian faith

Here are some resources from Christian leaders who are black. Obviously, there are many more evangelical leaders we could list, especially from Latino and Asian-American backgrounds. But I confined the list to African-American leaders who could be your pastor or leader. We share theological alignment with everyone on this list. We went to the same or similar seminaries, participate in the same theological societies, and agree on the same doctrines. The reason I did that isn’t because there’s nothing to learn from people with different theological beliefs; it’s to help us see that if we are irritated or push back on them about their concerns, it’s not because we have different theological convictions. 

Dr. Anthony Bradley (Professor at King’s College in NYC) @drantbradley – A very helpful article on how Transitional Justice can help us with race relations in America. Also, wrote Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions. 

Charlie Dates (Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago) @CharlieDates – All of his sermons are worthwhile, but this one he gave at the MLK50 conference was terrific. 

Mika Edmondson (Pastor and author) @mika_edmondson – Wrote an academic book on MLK’s concept of suffering and God’s presence. 

Dr. Tony Evans (Pastor and author) @drtonyevans Has been a leader in American evangelicalism for the last forty years. 

Dr. Derwin Gray (Pastor in North Carolina; former NFL player) @DerwinLGray – Author of The High-Definition Leader on building multi-ethnic churches 

Dr. Bryan Loritts (Pastor and author) @bcloritts Author of a variety of wonderful books on race and the church, including editing Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Eric Mason (Pastor of Epiphany Philadelphia, leader of the Epiphany church planting organization) @pastoremase – Few people in America have discipled and deployed as many church planters and gospel preachers as Dr. Eric Mason. Author of Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice. 

Dr. Esau McCaulley (Pastor of Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro, NC and assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College) @esaumccaulley – Gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday about how Acts 2 and Pentecost guides us in these days. Christianity Today published the transcript. 

Trillia Newbell (Author and executive with Moody Books) @trillianewbell – Author of general Christian living books; her children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea is great for kids. 

John M. Perkins (Civil rights leader, pastor, author, and co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association) Wikipedia page. Author of a number of helpful books (see the Wikipedia page for a list and to be inspired by his story). 

Albert Tate (Pastor of Fellowship Monrovia) @alberttate – One of the most compelling and engaging preachers in American evangelicalism. 

Jemar Tisby @JemarTisby PhD candidate in US History; President @thewitnessbcc Author of Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. 

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