Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions

Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions
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Bradley, Anthony B.


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Today's church growth is centered in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, evangelicalism must adapt to changing demographics or risk becoming irrelevant. Yet many evangelicals behave "tribally" valuing the perspective of only those like themselves while also denying any evidence of racial attitudes in the church.

Anthony Bradley has gathered scholars and leaders from diverse "tribes"—black, Hispanic, and Asian—to share advice on building relationships with minority denominations and valuing the perspectives and leadership of minority Christians (not just their token presence). They seek to help evangelicalism more faithfully show the world that the gospel brings together people from all tribes, languages, and cultures.

Contributors include Vincent Bacote, Anthony B. Bradley, Carl F. Ellis Jr., Lance Lewis, Juan Martínez, Orlando Rivera, Harold Dean Trulear, Ralph C. Watkins, and Amos Yong.

About the Editor

Anthony B. Bradley (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary; MA, Fordham University) is associate professor of theology and ethics at The King's College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids.

Book Details

250 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 2013
ISBN 10: 1596382341
ISBN 13: 9781596382343

“Is the evangelical church post–racist? Is the issue of race off the table now that the law forbids discrimination? Should we move on to other topics, in view of the progress being made on race? Not really, this book argues. The remarkable array of authors assembled here testify most appreciatively about the many improvements in recent years. Yet they speak sharply and critically in view of the on–going racialist attitudes still to be found in our Christian institutions. They also propose ways forward, and practical solutions. Required reading for anyone concerned to promote racial justice at home, in schools, in business, in churches, or anywhere people are willing to have their eyes opened.”
– Dr. William Edgar (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; D.Théol., Université de Genève), Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Anthony Bradley pulls together some of the church–s best minds to confront the problem of 21st–century evangelicalism with grace and truth. Those willing to look honestly at the facts...may yet lead our cherished institutions to true repentance.”
– Eric C. Redmond, Council Member, The Gospel Coalition; former Vice President, the Southern Baptist Convention

"This is a terrific book. For years evangelicals have discussed among themselves ways to reach minority communities, without much participation from minorities themselves. This book is a game changer. Here, black, Asian, and Latino writers say what they most want to say to the evangelical (and specifically Reformed) community. If you are tired of the usual arguments about race, as I am, this book will wake you up with some new ideas, such as Lance Lewis’s suggestion. He urges a moratorium on evangelicals’ (even black evangelicals’) planting churches directed toward blacks. I’m not sure I agree. But like many ideas in this book, Lewis’s are clearly written and backed up by good arguments. That a Reformed publisher has undertaken to publish a book like this is itself a very promising development. I urge everyone to read this book who is seeking to carry out Jesus’ Great Commission.”
– Dr. John Frame (B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A., M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College), professor of systematic theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“Prophetically addresses the issues connected to evangelicalism and minorities. Everyone, particularly church leaders, needs to read this book.”
– Tremper Longman, III (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Yale University), Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College