The Heart of Racial Justice
The Heart of Racial Justice
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5000 × 8.5000 in
  • Published: January 11, 2022
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4873-7
  • Item Code: 4873
  • Case Quantity: 48

Racial and ethnic hostility is one of the most pervasive problems the church faces. It hinders our effectiveness as one body of believers. It damages our witness. Why won't this problem just go away?

Because it is a spiritual battle.

What should our response be in a world torn apart by prejudice, hatred, and fear?

We must employ spiritual weapons—prayer, repentance, forgiveness.

In this book Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson reveal a model of racial reconciliation, social justice, and spiritual healing that creates both individual and community transformation. Read this book if you want to learn how to

  • use your faith as a force for change, not as a smoke screen for self-protection
  • embrace your true self and renounce false racial identities
  • receive and extend forgiveness as an act of racial reconciliation
  • experience personal transformation through the healing of painful racial memories
  • engage in social action by developing ongoing crosscultural partnerships

This classic is now part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press. It includes a list of definitions and a discussion and activity guide for groups. A new companion Bible study is also available.


Foreword by John M. Perkins
Preface to the Signature Edition
1. Is There Still a Race Problem?
2. Mission Impossible?
3. A Better Way
4. A New Model
5. How Worship Builds Bridges
6. Embracing Our True Selves
7. Receiving and Extending Forgiveness
8. Denouncing the Powers and Principalities
9. Ongoing Partnerships
10. The Trumpet Call
Appendix 1: Definitions
Appendix 2: The Principalities and Powers
Appendix 3: Exploring the Heart of Racial Justice: A Strategic Tool for Leaders
Recommended Resources

Rick Richardson

Rick Richardson is director of the Billy Graham Center Institute and its Church Evangelism Initiative, and professor of evangelism and leadership at Wheaton College Graduate School. He previously served as evangelism and discipleship pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois, and was the evangelism champion who helped launch Willow Creek Community Church's first multisite campus. His books include Reimagining Evangelism and Evangelism Outside the Box.

Brenda Salter McNeil

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, and trailblazer with over thirty years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012 and is an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle.