Dear Christ Church Family,
Greetings from Atlanta and Happy Father’s Day a few days early. I hope you tune in this weekend. The sermon is my interview with Charlie Duke, one of four men still alive who walked on the moon. He was scheduled to be with us to preach live. When that got cancelled because of COVID he agreed to an interview about his moon walk and subsequent decision to follow Christ.
BTW, Sheri and I are in Atlanta for her parent’s 65th wedding anniversary.
Today’s devotion: Given the response to yesterday’s video on forgiveness, I push just a bit deeper on the topic today.
Resources: In the last two sermons, I said I would be passing along some recommendations of resources I found helpful in shaping my understanding of racism. This is NOT a comprehensive or final list. Nor am I able to say that the views developed in these resources line up perfectly with my own. I have much to learn! But I have found these helpful.
  • Book: Divided by Faith. Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. When this book came out 20 years ago, it profoundly reshaped my understanding of my world. I have recommended it often.
  • Short Video: Robin DiAngelo is the author of White Fragility. In this 7 minute video, she summarizes her book’s thesis.
  • Longer Video: This past week I asked Dr. Peter Cha, a professor at Trinity, to lead our staff in a discussion about race. We video-taped his presentation to our staff, which I found very helpful. (My apologies for my introduction of Peter. This is what someone looks like when they have no idea they are being recorded!).
  • Movie: Ten years ago I heard Bryan Stevenson speak, and I immediately set to work trying to line him up to speak at Christ Church. I failed, but that was only because Bryan was so busy. I was thrilled when his story was turned into a major motion picture Just Mercy. It is streaming free on Amazon during the month of June.
  • Lecture / Discussion: This discussion between Tim Keller (best selling author and pastor in NYC) and Bryan Stevenson, is a wonderful way to process the movie.
Mike Woodruff