January 18, 2020
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Author Discusses Black/White Church Relations

 DALLAS, TX - Bestselling author and pastor, Dr. Tony Evans discusses why black/white relations in the culture, at large, and in the church, in particular, continue to be a stain on America’s respectable reputation in his latest book, Oneness Embraced. Through the pages of this new book, Evans seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the kingdom foundation of oneness by detailing why we don’t have it, what we need to do to get it, and what it will look like when we live it.

Fully encompassing areas of unity, history, culture, the church and social justice, Dr. Evans looks to the scriptures for the balance between righteousness and justice that is crucial for applying in this generation and in training the next. A full section on black church history provides a background and understanding that has often been neglected. Recalling experiences in his own evangelical journey, Evans shares kingdom minded approaches for biblical justice and social restoration. Pastors, Lay leaders, and individual Christians would do well to read Oneness Embraced, and learn how to heal the racial divide in the church and in this country.

Some of the informative chapters are:

  •      Bridging the Divide
  •      Taking Sides or Taking Over
  •      The Uniqueness of the Black Church
  •      The Black Church, Black Power, and Black Theology
  •      The Rise of Black Evangelicalism
  •      The Kingdom-Minded Church and much more

Here is what other leading evangelicals are saying about Oneness Embraced:

Adopting God’s kingdom agenda for the unity, purity, mission, and ministry of the church by necessity drives a child of God to embrace the essential oneness of mutual righteousness God has achieved for every believer through Christ.Our obedience is tested in our responsibility to experience and maintain that unity. Oneness Embraced will both convict and encourage you in the how to’s as you seek to shrink the distance between righteousness and justice.

—Dr. Mark L. Bailey, president, Dallas Theological Seminary

This book is a real gift to the whole church, a compelling call for racial reconciliation centered in the truths of the gospel. No one is more qualified to write on this topic than Tony Evans, reared in the “Black Church,” but also connected to the “White Church.” Given Tony’s personal journey and deep commitment to the church of Jesus Christ, you hold in your hands a readable book that probes how we can better understand one another and celebrate the unity Jesus prayed for. Do yourself and your church a favor and read this book!

—Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

Tony Evans is biblically based, historically accurate, intellectually integral, and personally inspiring. It is an analysis of our past problems and a prescription for our future endeavors concerning race. If the American church embraces this book, race relations will be transformed in the twenty-first century.

—Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, NJ

One of the blind spots in the history of the American church is the area of race relations. In Oneness Embraced, Tony Evans reminds us that the church cannot remain silent about the racial injustices in our country.

—Richard Stearns, president, World Vision, U.S., and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

Tony Evans is well known as one of the most prominent speakers for evangelical Christianity anywhere in the world.What many people do not know is that he is one of the foremost theologians and thinkers when it comes to interpreting what is happening in our society from a biblical perspective. In this book, he addresses one of the most important concerns of contemporary Christendom—reconciliation of people in Christ Jesus. Tony’s own personal story will do much to bolster his claim to be an authority on this subject. Tony Evans is worth reading. I give him thumbs-up!

—Tony Campolo, PhD, professor emeritus, Eastern University

Dr. Tony Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX, and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry devoted to bringing about change in urban communities through the church. He is the author of many books and his radio program, The Alternative, is heard on more than 500 stations every day.



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