Archives For racial reconciliation

Recreation of Martin Luther King’s cell in Birmingham Jail at the National Civil Rights Museum

Who are you in this letter?

The white clergy opposing Dr. King?  The white moderate?  The white church sitting idly behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows?  The black indifference?  The black violent nationalist?  The small group of white clergy standing by Dr. King, being ridiculed by white culture because of it? 

Who do you want to be? 


Read the full letter here.

(Written to 8 white clergymen who published an open letter in Birmingham saying that social injustices existed but argued that the battle against racial segregation should be fought solely in the courts, not the streets.  Dr. King’s letter was written in the margins of newspaper scraps, the only paper given to him in jail.)


16 April 1963
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms. Continue Reading…

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Pastor Bryan Loritts discusses how to become a multi-ethnic church, as well as the cost and challenges therein.  Noah Filipiak also asks Pastor Bryan for help in navigating the Christian subculture of church planting, pastoring and being an author in a way where we don’t end up measuring ourselves by performance-oriented metrics.

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This is the most direct I’ve been about race while preaching in a while.  I’ve been really hit hard about the real ramifications of Romans 12:1-16 as it relates to the Church as the Body of Christ (as well as the many other passages that use this metaphor).  My heart was to effectively communicate what the Bible is saying in a way gracious enough that shows both how far away we’ve gotten, and also how it’s okay for us to come back.

8.14.16 Romans 12 (Body of Christ Part 2) ~ Pastor Noah Filipiak from Lansing Crossroads Church on Vimeo.

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So proud of the way my church and our leaders handled this past Sunday (I’ve been on a month sabbatical for July).  Pastor Derrick Knox is the pastor at Church of Elohim, a church plant we share a building with and do many joint services with.

Very proud to call Pastor Derrick a brother and a friend.  Very proud to call Pastor Curt Wright a brother and a friend (Curt introduces Derrick in the sermon).  Two men who care more about Jesus’s heart than what people think of them.  Very proud of their courage and boldness and proud of the entire Crossroads Church congregation to be a community where we can talk about these things with love and truth, pointing people to Jesus in the midst of such pain.  Very proud that the Crossroads Church community isn’t a place that accepts the status quo, but longs (through all of our failure, brokenness and weakness) to live out the Bible’s commands to seek justice and love the oppressed and to be the church Jesus envisioned and the New Testament Church embodied.


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