We live in a divided culture. Race, class, politics, religion—almost every area of difference in our society has become a battle line. The local church is given a mandate by God to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19) and so reflect in their gathered assemblies the every tribe, tongue, and nation (Rev. 7:9) character of the Kingdom of God.
The Loving God, Loving Our Neighbors conference was held on February 9-11, and was divided into lectures and question-and-answer sessions. The conference was concluded with Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis preaching at Redeemer; to hear his sermon, click here.
Session 1 – Rev. Coby Shorter
Coby is the pastor of Rosewood Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in East Austin, as well as Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. He is also the former Texas Deputy Secretary of State.
Session 1 Q&A
Session 2 – Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis
Carl is Assistant to the Chancellor, Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative. Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Carl was recently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship.
Session 3 – Rev. Randy Nabors
Randy is Senior Staff Coordinator of Urban and Mercy Ministries for Mission to North America of the PCA. He is also the Coordinator of the New City Network, and the Pastor Emeritus of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Session 2-3 Q&A
Session 4 – Rev. Randy Nabors
Session 5 – Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis
Session 4-5 Q&A
For more information on the topics covered in this conference, we recommend the following books:
Merciful: The Opportunity and Challenge of Discipling the Poor Out of Poverty, by Randy Nabors
Free at Last? The Gospel in the African-American Experience, by Carl Ellis
Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church, ed. Doug Serven
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Faith and the Problem of Race in America, by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart, by Christena Cleveland