Why Racial Reconciliation Is a Gospel Issue

| February 23, 2015

The issues of race and racial reconciliation rose to the top of the news cycle in 2014, largely due to two events—one in Ferguson, Missouri, and another in New York City—both involving black men killed in incidents with white police officers. With this issue returning to the forefront, evangelicals have been challenged once again to consider race in light of God’s Word.

Jarvis Williams, a mixed-race scholar who describes himself as a “bald, black, bi-racial man,” has been writing, preaching, and teaching on this issue in light of the gospel over the past few years. He wrote a book on the issue in 2010 titled One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology (B&H). Williams serves as associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is presently working on a book on the gospel and racial reconciliation for Crossway. Williams last month preached a powerful sermon on gospel-centered racial reconciliation in Jackson, Miss.  

The Gospel Coalition sat down with him to discuss his academic work in the area of racial reconciliation and to consider how racism relates to the gospel.

In your book One New Man, you consider racism, even the

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