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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802417906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802417909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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 "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

"When I think of the ministry of Tony Evans three things come to mind. I think of balance, impact, and unashamedly biblically rooted. That is Oneness Embraced. Dr. Evans shows balance between the gospel and social justice in an evangelical world that often forces us to choose between them. His writing is clear and has impact through powerful exposition and illustration. Unashamedly biblically rooted because he challenges us to think afresh about race and reconciliation. This is a needed word and a crucial book.

—Darrell Bock, research professor of NT Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"As police chief of the City of Dallas, the challenges I face reducing crime and public disorder have, in many cases, the lack of personal responsibility at their root . . . Biblical justice, as described in this fascinating book clearly is the prescription for many societal ills that play themselves out in numerous communities in the country and the world.

—David O. Brown, police chief, city of Dallas

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

Kingdom-minded churches are those that hold the gospel of Jesus Christ in the highest esteem, while pursuing justice, restoration, and reconciliation. I know of no person better qualified to write about kingdom-minded churches than Dr. Tony Evans.

—Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

For the last thirteen years I’ve not only been a student of Dr. Evans but also a spiritual son. Once again the revelation of the teacher takes the pupil into a deeper understanding of why the battle continues. May God use this book to help us become the solution and no longer the problem.

—Kirk Franklin, recording artist

Unity in the body of Christ is an essential biblical principle given by Jesus Himself. Dr. Tony Evans writes powerfully and convincingly in bringing us all together to advance the kingdom of Christ. This is a must read for Christians who desire to live in obedience to the heart of the gospel, which is to love unconditionally in the power of His cross and resurrection.

—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

Dr. Evans’s book caused me to reflect on how much we have allowed the world to dictate how Christians should embrace one another—in oneness. Oneness Embraced is a must read for those who desire to have a kingdom approach to restoration and reconciliation of our distorted social order. I personally encourage all serious-minded Christians to place this book as a top priority for understanding the dynamics of Oneness in Christ.

—Dr. Martin E. Hawkins, president, Southern Bible Institute

 



Rarely have I read a book with which I so deeply identify. I found myself filled with hope and at the same time broken and ashamed at the inability of the church to draw upon the power of the gospel to transcend our cultural and racial barriers. Tony paints a compelling picture of the kingdom and a kingdom agenda that reflects the supernatural unity of the body of Christ. Oneness Embraced is a must read!

—Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., Author, Speaker, Radio Host, Senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA

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. ErwinW. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

Dr. Evans has chosen to frankly and theologically engage the racial issue at a sociopolitical fermenting kairotic moment in the church and society. We of the African-American evangelical community applaud and stand with him in his proclamation for the transformation and reconciliation of America’s racial equation along the lines of biblical justice and social restoration through the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

—Rev. Dr.Walter Arthur McCray, president, National Black Evangelical Association

It is sad, yet true, that race among many evangelicals inAmerica is the structural underpinning of policy regarding justice for the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, and the sick.The church needs to address this issue. By dealing with the ideology of blacks and whites in depth,Dr. Evans concludes with the necessity of both sides working toward unification. He brings both correction and direction, and provides action steps to bring about healing in both the church and the community. I highly recommend this book as an instructional resource for the body of Christ, especially pastors and leaders.

—Pastor Ray McMillian, president, Race to Unity

Oneness Embraced strikes a chord at the heart of one of the preeminent themes of Scripture. Dr. Evans in his usual style makes God’s truth clear to everyone no matter what age or stage of life. This compelling reading could be used by God to help us reflect the heart of God in our relationships.

—Dr. Larry Mercer, president, Capital Bible Seminary

This book awakens many of the experiences I encountered as an African-American male growing-up in Birmingham,Alabama, in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and Dr. Evans challenges the reader to recognize the realities both past and present in our nation, culture, and church. Truly, we are at an un-restful gap in Christendom in regards to racial reconciliation that has hindered our progressive appeal to advance God’s kingdom agenda. The eyes of the future are looking back on us. What will be their verdict?

—Dr.Maxie Miller Jr., director, African-American Ministries Division, Florida Baptist Convention

The church needs bridge-builders.At a time when our nation is facing division on all fronts, this new work on unity from Dr.Tony Evans has the potential of transforming communities. It provides a strong biblical basis for oneness by addressing the causes and cures for our cultural divide.Oneness Embraced is must reading for all who are serious about bringing people together. I can’t think of anyone who is more equipped to lead the charge than my friend Dr. Evans.

—James Robison, president, LIFE Outreach International, FortWorth, Texas

My siblings and I have had the privilege of watching our father promote, encourage, and develop a philosophy of ministry that has impacted people from all walks of life. As his children, our view of the global community of faith has been expanded primarily because of his cross-cultural delivery of a gospel that knows no racial boundaries. Our families, our friendships, and our ministries are better because of it.

—Priscilla Shirer, Bible teacher and author

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

I am a raving fan of Christ’s work in our world and have a lot of confidence in the words of my friend Jesus who promised that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it! Unfortunately, we tend to complicate the path to victory by speedbumping the forward progress of the kingdom with our fallen ways and perspectives. Bravo for my friend Tony Evans who has taken the biblical bulldozer to the obstacles and smoothed the way for us. Since being “one” is the unanswered prayer on Jesus’ heart, this is a very important read!

—Joe Stowell, president, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids,Michigan

I believe history will record that Dr. Tony Evans is one of the most prolific and significant theologians of the 21st Century. In a rare synthesis of the black experience,white evangelicalism, and biblical exposition Dr. Evans confronts and challenges one of the most pervasive and recurring multidimensional issues of contemporary society: racism. Dr. Evans brings the reader to the intersection of intellectual stimulation, spiritual revelation, and personal examination.

—Kenneth C. Ulmer, DMin, PhD, president, The King’s University and Presiding Bishop, Macedonia International Bible Fellowship

For the past thirty years I have had a passion for promoting biblical reconciliation among the people of God. Diversity and unity discussions among the people of God often are based upon secular tolerance, which lacks biblical moral discernment, or a blind denial of our lack of biblical diversity among us. Dr. Evans makes a great contribution to the church by laying a theological foundation and challenging the church to a faith versus feeling discussion of biblical oneness. Addressing the African-American church history is brilliant decision in Dr. Evans’ call for oneness within the evangelical community. He lifts truth above ethnic, denominational and political groups and seeks to deal honestly with historical failures and current blindness present among each group. Dr. Evans call the church to action in embracing oneness from the perspective that Christ is not taking sides but taking over. A timely contribution to a national dilemma.

—Dr. A. CharlesWare, president, Crossroads Bible College

In many parts of our country it is difficult to tell the difference between Christians and non-Christians when it comes to the issue of race. Thank you, Tony, for your clear understanding that the body of Christ should act and think differently.

—Dolphus Weary, Mission Mississippi

This well-researched and biblically sound book unashamedly examines the issue of black/white relations in the culture at large and the church in particular. Tony Evans helps us see that if we are going to have victory over sin in our world and redeem our culture, we must be about reconciliation and unity. This book is a must read for individuals both inside and outside the church.

—Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA

If ever there were a topic lost in the mists of misunderstanding and miscommunication, it is racial reconciliation. Tony Evans argues powerfully that a biblical view of reconciliation must have as its end and aim the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. Writing with clarity and passion,Tony calls the people of God to a new commitment that will enable a more fruitful and powerful witness before a watching world.

—Frank Wright, PhD, president and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

Review

"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

"When I think of the ministry of Tony Evans three things come to mind. I think of balance, impact, and unashamedly biblically rooted. That is Oneness Embraced. Dr. Evans shows balance between the gospel and social justice in an evangelical world that often forces us to choose between them. His writing is clear and has impact through powerful exposition and illustration. Unashamedly biblically rooted because he challenges us to think afresh about race and reconciliation. This is a needed word and a crucial book.

-Darrell Bock, research professor of NT Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

"As police chief of the City of Dallas, the challenges I face reducing crime and public disorder have, in many cases, the lack of personal responsibility at their root . . . Biblical justice, as described in this fascinating book clearly is the prescription for many societal ills that play themselves out in numerous communities in the country and the world.

-David O. Brown, police chief, city of Dallas

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

Kingdom-minded churches are those that hold the gospel of Jesus Christ in the highest esteem, while pursuing justice, restoration, and reconciliation. I know of no person better qualified to write about kingdom-minded churches than Dr. Tony Evans.

-Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

For the last thirteen years I've not only been a student of Dr. Evans but also a spiritual son. Once again the revelation of the teacher takes the pupil into a deeper understanding of why the battle continues. May God use this book to help us become the solution and no longer the problem.

-Kirk Franklin, recording artist

Unity in the body of Christ is an essential biblical principle given by Jesus Himself. Dr. Tony Evans writes powerfully and convincingly in bringing us all together to advance the kingdom of Christ. This is a must read for Christians who desire to live in obedience to the heart of the gospel, which is to love unconditionally in the power of His cross and resurrection.

-Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

Dr. Evans's book caused me to reflect on how much we have allowed the world to dictate how Christians should embrace one another-in oneness. Oneness Embraced is a must read for those who desire to have a kingdom approach to restoration and reconciliation of our distorted social order. I personally encourage all serious-minded Christians to place this book as a top priority for understanding the dynamics of Oneness in Christ.

-Dr. Martin E. Hawkins, president, Southern Bible Institute

Rarely have I read a book with which I so deeply identify. I found myself filled with hope and at the same time broken and ashamed at the inability of the church to draw upon the power of the gospel to transcend our cultural and racial barriers. Tony paints a compelling picture of the kingdom and a kingdom agenda that reflects the supernatural unity of the body of Christ. Oneness Embraced is a must read!

-Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., Author, Speaker, Radio Host, Senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA

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

Dr. Evans has chosen to frankly and theologically engage the racial issue at a sociopolitical fermenting kairotic moment in the church and society. We of the African-American evangelical community applaud and stand with him in his proclamation for the transformation and reconciliation of America's racial equation along the lines of biblical justice and social restoration through the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

-Rev. Dr. Walter Arthur McCray, president, National Black Evangelical Association

It is sad, yet true, that race among many evangelicals inAmerica is the structural underpinning of policy regarding justice for the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, and the sick.The church needs to address this issue. By dealing with the ideology of blacks and whites in depth,Dr. Evans concludes with the necessity of both sides working toward unification. Hebrings both correction and direction, and provides action steps to bring about healing in both the church and the community. I highly recommend this book as an instructional resource for the body of Christ, especially pastors and leaders.

-Pastor Ray McMillian, president, Race to Unity

Oneness Embraced strikes a chord at the heart of one of the preeminent themes of Scripture. Dr. Evans in his usual style makes God's truth clear to everyone no matter what age or stage of life. This compelling reading could be used by God to help us reflect the heart of God in our relationships.

-Dr. Larry Mercer, president, Capital Bible Seminary

This book awakens many of the experiences I encountered as an African-American male growing-up in Birmingham,Alabama, in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and Dr. Evans challenges the reader to recognize the realities both past and present in our nation, culture, and church. Truly, we are at an un-restful gap in Christendom in regards to racial reconciliation that has hindered our progressive appeal to advance God's kingdom agenda. The eyes of the future are looking back on us. What will be their verdict?

-Dr. Maxie Miller Jr., director, African-American Ministries Division, Florida Baptist Convention

The church needs bridge-builders.At a time when our nation is facing division on all fronts, this new work on unity from Dr.Tony Evans has the potential of transforming communities. It provides a strong biblical basis for oneness by addressing the causes and cures for our cultural divide.Oneness Embraced is must reading for all who are serious about bringing people together. I can't think of anyone who is more equipped to lead the charge than my friend Dr. Evans.

-James Robison, president, LIFE Outreach International, FortWorth, Texas

My siblings and I have had the privilege of watching our father promote, encourage, and develop a philosophy of ministry that has impacted people from all walks of life. As his children, our view of the global community of faith has been expanded primarily because of his cross-cultural delivery of a gospel that knows no racial boundaries. Our families, our friendships, and our ministries are better because of it.

-Priscilla Shirer, Bible teacher and author

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

I am a raving fan of Christ's work in our world and have a lot of confidence in the words of my friend Jesus who promised that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it! Unfortunately, we tend to complicate the path to victory by speedbumping the forward progress of the kingdom with our fallen ways and perspectives. Bravo for my friend Tony Evans who has taken the biblical bulldozer to the obstacles and smoothed the way for us. Since being "one" is the unanswered prayer on Jesus' heart, this is a very important read!

-Joe Stowell, president, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids,Michigan

I believe history will record that Dr. Tony Evans is one of the most prolific and significant theologians of the 21st Century. In a rare synthesis of the black experience,white evangelicalism, and biblical exposition Dr. Evans confronts and challenges one of the most pervasive and recurring multidimensional issues of contemporary society:  racism. Dr. Evans brings the reader to the intersection of intellectual stimulation, spiritual revelation, and personal e...


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Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country's most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in DTS' Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He continues to serve DTS on the Board of Incorporate Members. Dr. Evans holds the rare honor of serving as chaplain for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks over the last three decades, the longest standing NBA chaplaincy on record. He also serves as chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys.

Through his local church and national ministry Dr. Evans promotes a Kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God's comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.

This philosophy connects biblical spirituality with social responsibility. Dr. Evans teaches that the church, not the government, is the best social service delivery system since it is closer to the needs of the people, offers the largest potential volunteer force, has facilities for outreach programs, and provides a moral and spiritual frame of reference for making right choices.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans' church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush's Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 35 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now over 9,000 congregants with 100 plus ministries.

Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in America through the church. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on close to 1000 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books include Kingdom Man, Kingdom Woman, How Should Christians Vote, Marriage Matters, Between a Rock and a Hard Place and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

Dr. Tony Evans is married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 40 years. They are the proud parents of four children, all who serve in ministry: Chrystal Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony, and Jonathan as well as the proud grandparents of ten: Kariss, Jessica, Jackson, Jesse, III, Jerry, Jr., Kanaan, Jude, Joel, Kelsey, Jonathan II.

Dr. Evans has received many honors, including the Father of the Year award voted by the Dallas Father of the Year Committee and the Marian Pfister Anshutz Award for "dedication to protecting, encouraging, and strengthening the American family" from the Family Research Center.

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This is one book I wish everyone would read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on March 20, 2011
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Tony Evans wears many hats in his latest book--historian, theologian, and psychologist. Evans weaves together all these aspects of thought in order to discuss one of our nation's most complex subjects: racial reconciliation.

The book is divided into three sections. First, Evans takes a look at how the Bible defines unity, or oneness. His examples are clear and concise, a display of theology from a master of the craft. The second section consists of a history of the black church in America. Students of history won't be disappointed. Finally, Evans presents a plan to put the idea of oneness into action in local communities.
Of interesting note is Evans' personal journey that is discussed in the book. This book is a thoughtful discourse on racial issues, with plenty of relatable stories.

The book is a high level theological work, but written on a level that anyone can understand. It's a rare author who can talk about high ideas but not speak over people's heads. This a much needed book on a volatile topic, and Tony Evans was the perfect man to write it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Resolved For Christ Blog on May 18, 2011
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Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans is an outstanding, weighty book that deserves wide circulation. In it, Tony Evans traces what he calls a "kingdom agenda" for both blacks and white. Dr. Evans pulls no punches--he addresses issues such a racism, divided worship, and stereotypes heads on. However, at no point in the book does he seem to be beating a dead horse. Each chapter struck me as fresh and relevant to the conversation.

Perhaps the greatest strength in Evan's book is that it is profoundly biblical. Nearly every chapter oozes with scripture citations and stories. Evans is a masterful expositor of God's Word and, as a result, his book should be considered a significant theological contribution to race-related discussions.

The most enlightening chapters to me were his chapters on the history of the black church. Not only were they informative but they also challenged many of my own presuppositions. Evans draws attention to black people in the Bible and church history and, subsequently, that chapter was the most exciting to read.

In the final few chapters, Evans outlines a strategy for advancing the kingdom. As a result, Evans moves seamlessly from theology to application. While I would have preferred that he spend a bit longer spelling out in greater detail his strategies, he at least points the way forward and provides some good resources for the pastor/missions strategist.

I suppose the biggest flaw in the entire book is its length. While each chapter is necessary, Evans at times repeats himself and advances his argument little. There were times where anecdotes and illustrations would last pages, simply to advance one point. I found myself thinking at times, "I get it! Let's move forward!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literary Wonders! VINE VOICE on March 18, 2011
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In Oneness Embraced, minister and author Tony Evans, touches on the racial state of America. Pastor Evans talks about the correlation of so called freedoms and God's church.

Mr. Evans discusses that in order for us to unveil the completeness of God through the church, we must first peel away the layers and get to the root cause of racism. He goes all the way back to slavery and the Declaration of Independence.

Mr. Evans uses biblical reference to substantiate oneness while differentiating black religion and white religion.

As a former member of Oakcliff Bible Fellowship, where Pastor Evans presides, I can attest to Mr. Evans' thought provoking teaching style.

Oneness Embraced is a study guide, in my opinion, that will make those who haven't picked up their bibles lately to want to read the word and what God has to say about oneness and unity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheophilusFarrell4 on October 20, 2013
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First, I need to say that I feel silly even trying to write this review, because I simply do not know enough about what it has been like to be black in America throughout history to understand it rightly and to be able to talk about it in a way that gives black history and experience the justice it is due.
As a follower of Christ, I hope to increase my understanding through books, sermons, and films that remind us of the experiences that our black brothers and sisters have had.
Mostly, I want to hear some of their stories. That's often how we come to know and love each other best: through hearing each other's stories. So I hope that the stories in Oneness Embraced have helped me to understand some of black history a little bit better.

I feel uncomfortable having to use the words "black church" and "black community" over and over again in my review: It frustrates me because it feels like I'm putting "them" at an arms distance, separating them from "me" somehow. I wish there was a way to avoid those separations while still preserving the beauty of racial distinctions! Perhaps that is the heart of Oneness Embraced, acknowledging that I am white {really more pinkish} and you may be black {maybe chestnut, maybe coffee-and-cream, maybe dark chocolate!} but that we are all people, whose relationship in humanity and in Christ binds us together, placing my hand in yours.

The best book I have read up till this point that deals with race relations from a solidly Biblical perspective has been "Dominion" by Randy Alcorn. Dominion is a work of fiction, and written by a white man, yet it brought out some powerful themes through the perceptive eyes of black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy.
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