Wheaton IL (February 21, 2012)—“Conservative evangelicals seem to have become indifferent to the sin of racism,” explains Tim Keller, whose church will host John Piper for Race & The Christian: An Evening with John Piper and Tim Keller on March 28, 2012 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Whether it’s stubbornness, defeat, or denial behind this lack of concern, the church cannot remain dormant. Racism continues to be an urgent issue that perpetuates brokenness in the educational, political, social, and even evangelical climate of the United States. Piper and Keller recognize that no strategy has been effective enough in combating racism. “The good news is that racial justice and reconciliation are possible,” writes Piper in his recent release, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.
Both Piper and Keller speak from their experiences in ministering in multi-ethnic urban contexts for a combined 60 years. Their conversation on March 28th will examine the individual and structural roots of racism and make a case for the church’s pursuit of ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective. There is a definitive source of hope—the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins – both individual and corporate -that feed racial strife.
Piper’s and Keller’s addresses will be moderated by Anthony Bradley, followed by a Q&A on March 28, 2012 at 7pm EST at the New York Society for Ethical Culture located on 2 W 64th Street in New York City. The event is free, but those interested in attending must register in advance. Registration opens in March 8, 2012. Learn more. The event will also be streamed live at www.desiringgod.org/live. Those attending the event at Redeemer or via the web can participate in the Q&A by submitting questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.