Time Is Now for Gospel Transformation in Race Relations

| December 17, 2014

One message rang clear from a two-hour dialogue of Christian leaders gathered Tuesday night in Memphis at the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum: American evangelicals have far to go in race relations, but the gospel is enough to bring about genuine reconciliation.  

Two different panels devoted one hour each to discussing issues of church and race. The first included Thabiti Anyabwile, Voddie Baucham, Matt Chandler, and Darrin Patrick, and the second featured Derwin Gray, Eric Mason, Trillia Newbell, John Piper, and Albert Tate. Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-ethnic megachurch launched in 2003, and leader of Kainos, organized the event and served on both panels. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, moderated the dicussion, which can be viewed here.

Called “A Time to Speak” and sponsored by The Gospel Coalition, the event was held at the hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was slain on April 4, 1968. Loritts said he hopes the panel will provoke discussion among evangelicals and help them to see that they should be leading gospel-driven transformation in how ethnic groups relate to each other. 

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