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PODCAST: Is Critical Race Theory compatible with Christianity? Neil Shenvi & Rasool Berry

Christian apologist Neil Shenvi and pastor of The Bridge Church (Brooklyn, NY) Rasool Berry debate the many definitions of critical race theory – what it is, what it isn’t, the nuances, and the sticking points. Shenvi and Berry role model what is it like to have a conversation with a fellow Christian, but disagree about aspects of a certain subject. Skip to 2:45 to get to the interview.

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SHOW: Race, Faith, and Community

Since the 16th century when Jesuit priest Jose de Acosta created the theology of extraction giving a Christian rationale for exploiting indigenous people on land with valuable minerals we have been dealing with the affects of racialized geography. In a speech for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Dr. Willie Jennings discusses the way the rich and powerful manipulate the system to ensure that things stay the way they are. This applies to race too, the rich and powerful (mostly the dominant white culture in the United States) manipulate the system to ensure that property is divided up so the rich and powerful have their part of cities/towns/etc. and the not rich and powerful are kept out.

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BOOK: The Color of Compromise

To this day church services across the nation are some of the most segregated times of the week. Is this by random chance or was this intentional? Author Jemar Tisby details the sordid history of the American church and its complicity with racism in the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller The Color of Compromise.

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PODCAST: Race, CRT and Evangelism with Dr. Ed Uszynski

In a vulnerable and nuanced discussion about race, critical race theory, politics, the church, and culture host Preston Sprinkle and Dr. Ed Uszynski talk about finding the “transcendent middle” while getting to the root of the problem on how some Christians approach CRT with a lack of empathy and theological understanding of justice.

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SERMON: Racism and World Evangelism

Change a few numbers here, insert a current event there, and pastor Tom Skinner’s sermon from the 1970 Urbana conference could easily be about today. His impassioned, direct speech touches on the history of racism, the silence of the church and evangelicals, law and order, politics, Americanism, evangelism, and much more. Powerful and highly recommended.

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SHOW: The Jim Crow Museum

The founder and curator of the New Jim Crow museum, Dr. David Pilgrim, gives short history lessons as he walks viewers through his museum. One of the points that the museum attempts to get across (and does well) is the pervasive nature of the racist laws, caricatures, and violence against Black people across the United States. Well worth 23 minutes of your time. This is an excellent video for a history class or small group discussion.

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FIVE QUESTIONS: Racism – Part II

Another round of commonly asked questions about racism. Has the church really been complicit in racism? How come I cannot just focus on “sharing the gospel?” Are Christian obligated to speak up about racism? Why can’t Black people and people of color just “pull themselves up by their bootstraps?” How can I help?

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FIVE QUESTIONS: Racism – Part I

Top five commonly asked questions about racism. Does racism still exist? Is colorblindness enough? Why is there a disconnect between white Americans and Americans of color? Is racism an individual or systemic issue? What are critical race theory and intersectionality?

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