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Reconciliation Blues A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity ❰EPUB❯ ✷ Reconciliation Blues A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity Author Edward Gilbreath – Merit Award 2007 Christianity Today Christianity and Culture Book What is the state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches today Are we truly united In Reconciliation Blues journalist Edward Merit Award Christianity Today Christianity A Black ePUB ´ and Culture Book What is the state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches today Are we truly united In Reconciliation Blues MOBI :Ê Reconciliation Blues journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches He looks Blues A Black PDF/EPUB ë at a wide range of figures such as Howard O Jones Tom Skinner Dr Martin Luther King Jr Jesse Jackson and John Perkins Charting progress as Blues A Black Evangelical's Inside Kindle - well as setbacks his words offer encouragement for black evangelicals feeling alone clarity for white evangelicals who want to understand deeply and fresh vision for all who want to move forward toward Christ's prayer that all of them may be one.

10 thoughts on “Reconciliation Blues A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity

  1. Matt Matt says:

    Exceeded my expectations The book was published in 2006—pre Obama and pre Ferguson—so some parts felt a bit dated eg manifold references to Promise Keepers and a whole chapter on Jesse Jackson But several parts were gold Like many of these books it’s heavier on diagnosis than prescription but I was instructed and challenged nonetheless Overall it’s a helpful first person account of what it’s like to be an African American in white evangelicalism Recommended

  2. Jody Jody says:

    I’ve given up on racial reconciliation uite a few times The first time was shortly after I discovered it due to my inability to sleep peacefully as I grappled with my newfound understanding of ethnocentrism The second was when my Asian American husband and I left the segregated and monocultural Midwest for the integrated and diverse landscape of the East Coast where racism no longer exists or so we thought The third was when the African American pastor of our mostly white urban church resigned citing racial reasons as one of dynamics that shadowed his pastorate The fourth and most recent was when we returned to rural Indiana to a landscape of shall we say far white milk than brown honey However it gets a bit tricky to walk out completely on racial reconciliation when you’re married to someone of another raceAlthough I am white I daily face racial issues through my children and husband While I easily blend into the crowd they never do and I am regularly privileged to experience life through their eyes In his book Reconciliation Blues a Black Evangelical’s View of Christianity Intervarsity Press 2006 Edward Gilbreath offers a similar gift With painful honesty he shares his experience of being an African American evangelical Christian in a white dominated church culture Confronting the majority notion that racism in the church is not a pressing issue Gilbreath observes that “something is still broken” He offers examples not only from his own life but also from other African American Christians who struggle to interact with and trust white evangelicals While he concedes that the church has come a long way from the days of slavery segregation and lynching he still uestions if we have come far enough citing the lack of diversity in many Christian organization and the white majority’s unwillingness to genuninely submit to leaders from other cultures Gilbreath begins by describing his experience being the only black person in many evangelical Christian institutions and organizations He speaks candidly of how he is often expected to speak for his entire race and to ‘give in’ to the white majority’s unacknowledged ignorance of other cultures “Many days the weight of it all leaves me exasperated” he writes “Sometimes in the silent thumping of my heart I am haunted by the thought that I will always carry the mantle alone – terrified by the realization that on a daily basis if I do not speak up to voice a nonwhite perspective it will go unheard”In addition to sharing about his personal experience he offers portraits of other publically known black Christians such as Tom Skinner Martin Luther King Jr and gasp Jesse Jackson Offering a fair treatment of each figure he shows how their influence has both affected and been received by a white evangelical audience He even explores how hot button issues like political associations and cultural over generalizations effect race relations within the church While a powerful read for those already in the throes of the reconciliation movement I would also highly recommend Reconciliation Blues for those who have not yet entered While the issue of racism – especially in the church is never an easy one Gilbreath addresses the issue much with gentleness and grace His vulnerability is a sigh of relief for other nonwhite believers who share his experience of isolation and a challenge to those of us who too often forget how much we have to learn

  3. Ellen Ellen says:

    Though this book is 15 years old it is still very relevant in addressing the Church's complicity in racial reconciliation Evangelical Christianity has become synonymous with Conservative politics and Gilbreath very graciously calls out the hypocrisy in uniting politics and Christianity because Christ has called us to a completely other way of life He challenges Evangelical readers to consider whether they're following Christ in the Bible or cultural and political saviors veiled as what Jesus would do

  4. Celine Celine says:

    Good primer for individuals who are seeking to understand the frustration many evangelicals of color experience in a primarily white religion In full honesty I'll admit that I was disappointed with how surface level the book ended up being particularly with uestions like Do we really need race reconciliation? and What does true reconciliation look like? scattered throughout Then again I also don't believe the book was written for me as a person of color More so for others who are genuinely looking to become aware of the state of race relations in the church

  5. Mary Mary says:

    Got this from the library and it was an unexpectedly good find Thoughtful Insightful I am the opposite of evangelical by surface standards an Episcopalian coming from the viewpoint that asking uestions not having answers and not believing certain biblical passages as fact is a core part of faith I really enjoyed this book It is easy to see the differences among believers and really among any set of people who are different In a time that evangelicals themselves are seen as having a very particular and in 2018 not well regarded viewpoint at least politically in my circles this book is a thoughtful reminder that all groups have complexity have thoughtful caring people have currents that challenge the status uo of power and influence in religious circles Edward Gilbreath came across as a complex and caring human and showed that side of many leaders and believers in the evangelical community It won't necessarily become part of my owned library but I did appreciate and enjoy it

  6. Hopson Hopson says:

    There was a lot for me to learn from this book particularly the way one black evangelical Christian and perhaps many others thinks and feels in response to much of the happenings in white evangelical culture The book was in many places painful to read and process but it was still instructive While I don’t agree with everything Gilbreath writes particularly what felt like a lack of doctrinal precision I was still helped by reading the book and would encourage other Christians to read it as a way to listen to a brother who perhaps looks and thinks differently than we do

  7. Kyle Wedel Kyle Wedel says:

    A solid intro into the discussion of social justice racism and the American evangelical church This would be a great read for any Christian who has struggled with confronting the realities of systemic racism and prejudice within the body of Christ By no means a comprehensive conversation on these heavy topics but it’s a pretty good way to start the talk

  8. Adelaide Adelaide says:

    I was disappointed that the ask was so small The author asked basically asked white Christians not to tell racist jokes or have racist Vacation Bible School themes I'm looking at you Rickshaw Rally I think we can and must do better

  9. Josh Mccoy Josh Mccoy says:

    I can’t say enough great things about this book It explores the topic thoroughly yet personally Its theoretical practical profound simple Find a few friends grab a few copies today use the discussion uestions at the back

  10. Sean Murphy Sean Murphy says:

    Loved it Great read and powerful to hear the perspective of a black evangelical on the white evangelical church The chapter on politics was top notch Read this book But be open and teachable

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