Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?
Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.
Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”
Table of Contents:
Part One: Our World: The Need for the Gospel
Martin Luther King Jr.: What Was It Like for Those Who Weren’t There?
Section One: My Story, My Debt, My World: Why I Wrote the Book
1. My Story: From Greenville to Bethlehem
2. The Gospel I Love, the Debt I Owe, and the Church I Serve
3. Global Shifting and the New Face of the Church
Section Two: Black and White and the Blood of Jesus
4. Why This Book Gives Prominence to Black-White Relationships
5. Personal Responsibility and Systemic Intervention
6. The Power of the Gospel and the Roots of Racial Strife
Part Two: God’s Word: The Power of the Gospel
William Wilberforce: The Importance of Doctrine and ‘Coronary’ Commitment
Section One: The Accomplishment of the Gospel
7. The Mission of Jesus and the End of Ethnocentrism
8. The Creation of One New Humanity by the Blood of Christ
9. Ransomed for God from Every Tribe
10. Every People Justified the Same Way
Section Two: The Application of the Gospel
11. Dying with Christ for the Sake of Christ-Exalting Diversity
12. Living in Sync with Gospel Freedom
13. The Law of Liberty and the Peril of Partiality
Section Three: The Ultimate Goal of the Gospel
14. Why Is It Worth the Death of His Son?
Section Four: Two Issues: Interracial Marriage and Prejudice
15. Interracial Marriage
16. Probability, Prejudice, and Christ
Conclusion: Confession, Warning, Plea
Appendix 1: Is There a Thing as Race? A Word about Terminology
Appendix 2: The Sovereignty of God and the Soul Dynamic: God-Centered Theology and the Black Experience in America
Appendix 3: How and Why Bethlehem Baptist Church Pursues Ethic Diversity
Appendix 4: What Are the Implications of Noah’s Curse?
John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, where he first sensed God’s call to enter the ministry. He went on to earn degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary (BD) and the University of Munich (DTheol). For six years he taught biblical studies at Bethel College in Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 30 books including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, and Spectacular Sins, and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available for download at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.
“John Piper has given us an exquisite work on the matter of race. He addresses the issue with biblical and theological soundness coupled with personal sensitivity and practical advice. This is a must read for those who wish to pursue unity God’s way.” - Tony Evans, Co-founder and Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
“Americans have been turning to organizations, education, famous personalities, and ultimately government in an effort to address the on-going racial strife in our nation. In 2008 many hoped that the election of an African-American president would finally bridge this ongoing racial divide. Today, we are left wondering why racial tensions have not abated. John Piper argues from specific biblical texts that the only solution powerful enough to overcome racial strife and bring about racial reconciliation and harmony is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is this gospel that announces that, through his blood, Jesus has demolished the dividing wall that separates humanity along racial lines and has brought all ethnicities together as brothers and sisters into one body—the church. Yet Piper does not end there. He carefully shepherds us through the various implications of gospel thinking in relation to race and ethnicity. In this sense, the book you hold in your hands is so much more than a book about race and ethnicity. Bloodlines is a prime example of how we Christians are to do the hard work of renewing our minds by replacing old ways of thinking with gospel ways of thinking. Read this book and let it serve as a model of how to prepare your mind for action and think soberly about God, your sin, Christ, the gospel, and one another for the sake of your soul, Christ’s church, and God’s glory.” - Juan R. Sanchez Jr., Preaching Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas