9th July 2020
In my recent message on Racism, the Gospel and the Church, I encouraged all of us to keep educating ourselves on this vitally important issue. I have therefore asked our Teaching Pastor, Andrew Wilson, to update his list of recommended resources on the subject, which he first posted a couple of years ago. There is a great deal of excellent material available, and it can be difficult to know where to start, so thank you Andrew for this helpful list:
1. Christian Smith and Michael Emerson, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. This is the first book I read when I was trying to learn about this subject, and although set firmly in an American context I found it enormously helpful.
2. Duke Kwon’s message at LDR on Speaking the Truth in Love. One of the best messages on anything I have ever heard, from a hugely thoughtful Korean-American who has written and spoken a good deal on issues of race.
3. David Anderson’s books Gracism and Letters Across the Divide. David was the inspiration for our Gracism series a few years ago, and he has written some really good books on the subject, as well as being a great help to us as a church.
4. George Yancey’s message on Moving Beyond Racial Gridlock. Particularly significant in the current moment, Professor Yancey’s seminar provides an excellent analysis of both the problem, and the solutions the Gospel provides.
5. Ben Lindsay, We Need To Talk About Race. Ben is a friend of ours, having been a member at King’s a few years back, and he has lived his whole life in southeast London. Here he writes about the black experience in white majority churches, and his insights will instruct and resonate with many of us.
6. Martin Meredith, The Fortunes of Africa. A rather different sort of book, which gives a pacy and readable history of Africa, and puts the continent in context for us. This is probably the longest book on the list, but it’s an absolutely excellent read.
7. Thabiti Anyabwile’s Top Ten Tips for Talking About Race. Thabiti is a pastor in Anacostia, Washington DC, and he may be the spokesperson from whom I’ve learned the most on race over the last few years, through his writings and speaking ministry. Here he gives a brief summary aimed primarily at white people.
8. The messages from the MLK50 conference, in April 2018, are free to watch online and outstanding, especially those by Jackie Hill Perry and Charlie Dates.
9. Shai Linne, George Floyd and Me. Of the many articles written since the tragic murder of George Floyd, this is the best I have seen: raw, honest and yet hopeful.
10. For those who find it easier to engage through movies and documentaries, there are lots of excellent ones available (often for free) on the major streaming services at the moment, including Ava DuVernay’s 13th, David Olusoga’s Black and British, Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made in America, Stella Corradi’s Sitting in Limbo and James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.