Resources on Racial Reconciliation

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Racial relations in the culture at large and in the church in particular continue to be a stain on America's respectable reputation. The church has clearly failed and must seek to function by God's kingdom perspective. The issue of racism and the need for racial reconciliation is unfortunately nothing new in our society or in our churches.  Stonecrest is committed to walk in Jesus' prayer for unity with all believers.  
On this page you will find resources you can use either individually or with your group to continually press into Jesus' vision for His one church as it leads our society in the way of unity, reconciliation, and justice for all.

Some of these resources we have already used at Stonecrest, and some come via recommendation from others in the Christian & Missionary Alliance or through RightNow Media.  Please allow the views and opinions expressed, even if you disagree, to represent starting points in understanding differences and differences of opinion.

A Biblical Response on Race

A Sermon on John 4 by Tony Evans

Life Groups Focusing On Racial Reconciliation

Life Groups are a great place to meet others and talk.  From time to time some of our groups will be intentionally focusing on Racial Reconciliation, click here to find out more.

American Historical Perspectives on Racial Inequality

One of the most important ways to move towards racial reconciliation in the future is to be honest about the truth of the past.
The reality is our U.S. history is hideous and shameful in the repeated acts of injustice.  

“Racism in America did not start in our life time, but it could [and should] end in our life time.”

Here are three important resources on the truth of our US history that you may not have been taught in school.
Please ask The Spirit of God to show you yourself as you read and watch.  Would you also ask Him to show you how you might step into the change of our future?

Harvard Business School paper on "African American Inequality in the United States"

Book by Jim Wallis, "America's Original Sin"

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin.
Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.

Video by Phil Vischer called "Race in America"

Righteousness and Justice: The Foundation of God’s Throne

John Stumbo Video Blog

President of the Christian & Missionary Alliance

A Conversation about Race, Justice and the Gospel

with Dr. Bryan Loritts 

RightNow Media Resources

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Oneness Embraced | Tony Evans
Tony Evans seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the kingdom foundation of oneness by detailing why we don't have it, what we need to do to get it, and what it will look like when we live it.  This series of six short videos is ideal for group or individual conversations and is available on Rightnow Media. 
Race, Justice and the Church | Eric Mason 
Erica Mason challenges us that the church has tragically majored on the minor things, and by doing so has become a pathetic voice.   Watch his 30 minute conference session from the 2017 Orlando RightNow Conference on Rightnow Media.

Racial Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:10-11

A message by Voddie Baucham

We don't have to achieve racial reconciliation, it exists. It is a reality that we must walk in, but it has already been accomplished in Christ. In this session, Voddie Baucham unpacks Ephesians 2:10-11 to show the sufficiency of Christ's death on the cross to bring us near in perfect reconciliation.

The Third Option as Kingdom Citizens

A message by Miles McPherson

Pastor Miles McPherson shares a message titled “The Third Option” where he talks about ways to help heal and unify a racially divided nation.

Books and Movies

The following book is recommended by Pastor Brent from his Freedom Track studies and Doctoral Dissertation.
  • The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery (book by David G. Benner)
The following list of books and movies comes from a panel discussion held by President John Stumbo of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.
Click here to watch a replay of the panel discussion.
1. Just Mercy (2019 movie, click here for information on renting this movie for free during the month of June)
2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (book by Michelle Alexander, Karen Chilton, et al. )
3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (book for children and families by Mildred D. Taylor)
4. Let the Circle Be Unbroken (book for children and families by Mildred D. Taylor)
5. The Road to Memphis (book for children and families by Mildred D. Taylor)
6. America for Americans, A History of Xenophobia in the United States (book by Erika Lee)
7. The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation (book by Miles McPherson - see the video above)
8. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (book by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson)
9.  A Time To Kill (1996 movie based on John Grisham novel)
10. When They See Us (2019 four part web television mini series)
11. The Cross and the Lynching Tree (book by James H. Cone) Shows the history of racism in the church. "A tough book but important" - Kelvin Walker

Listening as an Ally

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." (James 1:19)
How can I learn to be a better listener?  Listening is a skill we can all improve on.
Take a few minutes to read over a couple of slides from the Interaction Institute for Social Change.