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“John Piper has given us an exquisite work on the matter of race. He addresses the issue with biblical and theological soundness coupled with personal sensitivity and practical advice. This is a must read for those who wish to pursue unity God’s way.”
—Tony Evans, Co-founder and Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
“Americans have been turning to organizations, education, famous personalities, and ultimately government in an effort to address the on-going racial strife in our nation. In 2008 many hoped that the election of an African-American president would finally bridge this ongoing racial divide. Today, we are left wondering why racial tensions have not abated. John Piper argues from specific biblical texts that the only solution powerful enough to overcome racial strife and bring about racial reconciliation and harmony is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is this gospel that announces that, through his blood, Jesus has demolished the dividing wall that separates humanity along racial lines and has brought all ethnicities together as brothers and sisters into one body—the church. Yet Piper does not end there. He carefully shepherds us through the various implications of gospel thinking in relation to race and ethnicity. In this sense, the book you hold in your hands is so much more than a book about race and ethnicity. Bloodlines is a prime example of how we Christians are to do the hard work of renewing our minds by replacing old ways of thinking with gospel ways of thinking. Read this book and let it serve as a model of how to prepare your mind for action and think soberly about God, your sin, Christ, the gospel, and one another for the sake of your soul, Christ’s church, and God’s glory.”
—Juan R. Sanchez, Jr., Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
“For years, I have yearned for a biblically sound, theologically anchored resource on race. God has answered that prayer. Leaping off the pages of Bloodlines is the power of the gospel to overcome and defeat racism and a call to cross-centered, holy justice in our attitudes and actions toward those who are not like us. This is an important, foundational work and I am sure it will be used of God to remind all of us of the power and precious, priceless dignity of the gospel.”
—Crawford W. Loritts Jr., Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, Georgia; author, A Passionate Commitment
“Piper bequeaths an outstanding—and at times, risky—work on race and ethnicity, thoroughly soaked in the biblical Christian Hedonism worldview. I found that Piper’s personal testimony from the 1960s until now and his exploration of critical thinking of African American writers past and present demonstrate the complexity of dealing honestly with the topic for the evangelical who seeks to honor the Savior. He is right: on race, ‘we have fallen together.’ The only question that remains is whether or not individual members of the evangelical church in America will take deeply to heart this sincere analysis of the cross of Christ and race and then become a steadfast holy force for undoing the problems of racism in North America and the world.”
—Eric C. Redmond, Bible Professor in Residence, New Canaan Baptist Church
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God.
In light of the current resurgence of racial tension in America this book was timely for me. The front and end of the book were most helpful though I found his five point... Read morePublished 17 days ago by James Roger Howe
Outside the Bible, the best book on race relations, unity, harmony, and peace amongst Gods people!Published 1 month ago by Jeff Pollard
Deeply convicting. Deeply affirming. Wonderfully freeing to be busy with joy and energy.Published 1 month ago by David Mapes
Piper is helpful here, as always! Love how he ties the issue into the gospel of Jesus and the glory of God.Published 2 months ago by KPLmin
The gospel is amazing, lay the template of the gospel over any thought or action and it breaks down the strongholds. John's application to the race issue was well done. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith Leatherman
John Piper needs no introduction. He is one of the most influential evangelicals of the 21st century, with probably more than fifty books under his belt and a couple of them are... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edmond Sanganyado
Most of us answer “no” if someone asks if we’re a racist and we see no need for further conversation.
But we do still need to talk about it. Read more