I have been away for a few weeks due to work, but I am back and ready for a new year of blogging. Here are some good reads.
If you’ve experienced either cynicism or self-doubt in Bible reading, take heart. When we understand ourselves and the Bible rightly, we will come to see that there is no such thing as insignificant or worthless Bible time.
Perhaps we should let our calendars speak to us: Do we allow our tables to reflect the love of the entire body of Christ as well as our theological convictions? What specific number of people unlike ourselves have come into our homes, and sat at our dinner tables, since we last celebrated King’s influence a year ago?
So what does faithful action look like? How can God’s people be voices for life in their communities and around the world? I’d like to suggest five things.
When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. preached over the coffins of the four little girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing September 15,1963, he said, “History has proven over and over again that unmerited suffering is redemptive.” To another community grieving the loss of innocents in a place of worship, King alluded to the one who first made the puzzling suggestion that there might be glory where we can only find grief. To a crowd equally in need of hearing how this might be so, Jesus stopped to explain it using a simple image from every day agrarian life: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
In recognition of the Bible’s teaching, therefore, and in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., here are six books that have helped shaped my thinking about race and racism in America.
“The heart of a man plans his way,” says Solomon, “but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). We are to plan in the here and now, but we can do so in the confidence that the Lord is acting in our lives and in our circumstances, calling us to His purpose.