The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, by Jemar Tisby

“In giving us a history of America and the Protestant church, Jemar Tisby has given us a survey of ourselves–the racial meanings and stratagems that define our negotiations with one another. He points courageously toward the open sore of racism, not with the resigned pessimism of the defeated but with the resilient hope of Christian faith. The reader will have their minds and hearts pricked as they consider just how complicit the church has been in America’s original sin and how weak a word complicit is for describing the actions and inactions of those who claim the name of Christ!”–Thabiti Anyabwile

How to Read Theology: Engaging Doctrine Critically & Charitably, by Uche Anizor

“I have long believed that the Golden Rule applies to how we read theology. To substantiate my belief, I can now point people to Uche Anizor’s book. We live in a toxic age of ever-increasing polarization, where charitable discourse is too often the exception rather than the rule. Anizor calls us to read others as charitably as we can before criticizing them as fairly as we can. This is just the tonic we need. How to Read Theology does not simply prescribe but also casts a vision and offers concrete guidance for anyone who wants to become the kind of person who can read theology well. Anizor convincingly argues that the charitable reading is also the most intelligent reading. So take, read, and in reading learn how to read even better.”–Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Exodus Preaching: Crafting Sermons about Justice and Hope, by Kenyatta R. Gilbert

African American prophetic preaching (alternatively termed Exodus preaching) is “interpretation” that brings clarity to the sacred (the realities of God, revealed truth, highest moral values, and so on) and articulates what should be appropriate human response to the sacred. The preacher who preaches prophetically does not treat social justice (or other sacred values) as something independent from God but as being rooted in and emanating from God. Exodus preaching does not take place in a vacuum, nor is it self-generated discourse; rather, it is daring speech that offers a vision of divine intent. It reveals a picture of what God intends and expects of God’s human creation–a picture that enables persons of faith communities to interpret their situation in light of God’s justice, and to name as sin activities that frustrate God’s life-giving purposes.”–from the Introduction

African Theology on the Way, edited by Diane B. Stinton

“In this exciting volume, Diane B. Stinton has assembled the work of nearly twenty prominent African theologians, making their writings accessible to the introductory level student.
The result is an ideal introduction to the wealth of African theologies and the major questions they raise. Topics range from biblical interpretation to spirituality and ethics, from Pentecostalism and African Instituted Churches to evil and suffering, from feminist theory to Christian identity and ethnicity. The broad range of reflections includes seminal essays by prominent theologians, as well as new material written specifically for this volume. Study questions at the end of each chapter are designed to stimulate original thought to allow the reader to reflect personally on contemporary ideas and participate in discussion.”–from the Description

A Gift of Love: Sermons from “Strength to Love” and Other Preachings, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“No one in American history has addressed more eloquently or advanced more effectively the ideals of freedom, justice, and equality than the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With his voice, he discredited the fallacious doctrine of white supremacy; and through his activism, he changed America, liberating the sons and daughters of “former slaves” and “former slave owners” for the possibility of what he called “the beloved community.” Dr. King bequeathed to all of us a gift of love.”–The Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock