I have been listening to John Piper’s annual Martin Luther King Day sermons for about thirteen years now. What I have found most compelling about these messages are the moments in which Piper delves into his own background as a boy raised in Greenville, South Carolina during the Jim Crow era. He has told about his home church’s vote to bar blacks from their worship services, about his mother’s heroic actions to escort black guests at his sister’s wedding when the white ushers refused to seat them, about growing up across the tracks from Jesse Jackson, who is roughly the same age as Piper and who also grew up in Greenville.
Every time Piper tells these stories, I am always left wanting to hear more. That is why I couldn’t be happier to see that Piper’s new book will contain such stories and more. The book is titled Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, and it is Piper’s own take on racism and the gospel. Part one of the book deals with natural bloodlines (issues related to racism and his own experience), and part two deals with a new bloodline stemming from the shed blood of Jesus. Piper says that, “What we will see…is that the world we live in is a world where only the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring the kind of racial and ethnic harmony that we were made to enjoy” (p. 28).
I am really looking forward to this book. Bloodlines is already available for pre-order from Amazon.com. While you wait for the release, you can read the introduction here and watch the trailer above.
(HT: Justin Taylor)