Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All

Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All


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Pastor Bryan Loritts dives deep into what it's like to be a person of color in predominantly white evangelical spaces today and where we can go from here.

God boldly proclaims throughout the book of Acts that there is no "ethnic home team" when it comes to Christianity. But the minority experience in America today—and throughout history—too often tells a different story.

As Loritts writes, "It is impossible to do theology devoid of cultural lenses and expressions. Like an American unaware of their own accent, most whites are unaware of the ethnic theological accent they carry." Insider Outsider bears witness to the true stories that often go untold—stories that will startle, enlighten, and herald a brighter way forward for all seeking belonging in the family of God.

This seminal book on race and the church will help Christians discover:

  • How they can learn the art of listening to stories unlike their own
  • Identify the problems and pitfalls that keep Sunday morning the most segregated hour of the week
  • And participate in an active movement with God toward a holy vision of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls "life together"

Drawing on insightful snapshots through history, eye-opening personal experiences, and biblical exposition, Loritts awakens both our minds and hearts to the painful reality of racial divides as well as the hope of forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345039
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 179,577
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bryan Loritts is the lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Silicon Valley. A graduate of Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible) and Talbot School of Theology, Bryan Loritts was recently voted one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders. He is the co-founder of Fellowship Memphis—a multi-ethnic church where Bryan served for eleven years, helping it to grow from twenty-six people in a living room to several thousand. Pastor Bryan also served as pastor for preaching and mission at Trinity Grace Church in New York City, and is the author of several books. He is the President of the Kainos Movement, an organization aimed at establishing the multi-ethnic church in America as the new normal, and sits on the Board of Trustees for Biola University and Board of Directors for Pine Cove. He is the husband of Korie and proud father of three boys: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. You can follow Pastor Bryan on Twitter @bcloritts.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Ortberg 13

An Evangelical Eulogy

1 Listen 19

2 An Invitation to Life Together 27

Higher Learning

3 School of Origins 33

4 The Dark Side of Contextualization 36

5 Bible School Initiation 39

6 Craih Course 42

7 Like Robin Hood 45

8 "Saving" the Black Church 47

Minority Owned

9 The Real Problem of Privilege 57

10 Searching for Home 61

11 Birthed Out of Rejection 64

12 Whose Table Is It? 70

Multiethnic Sharecropping

13 Twelve Years in Memphis 79

14 The Problem of the Multiethnic Church 82

15 A Culture of Honor 84

16 Under the Surface 86

17 Deeding the Land Back to Jesus 89


18 Anatomy of a Church Split 93

19 Begin with Orthodoxy, Conclude with Orthopraxy 95

20 The Cost of Discipleship 100

Scouting Jackie

21 Black Preachers Adrift 107

22 Never Saw It Coming 109

23 The Next Bryan Loritts 111

24 The Price Tag of Diversity 113

25 Lets Just Say It Didn't Go Well 116

26 The Inescapable Network of Mutuality 121


27 Real Talk about Politics and Power 129

28 Squaring with the History of How We Got Here 132

29 Is This an "Us" Space? 136

30 A Jesus Who Can Sympathize 139

"Gay" and Other Labels

31 Let's Do Better Than "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" 147

32 Friendship beyond Tribal Lines 151

33 Writing in the Sand 154

34 Annual Women's Tea 156

A Love Supreme

35 A New Mission 161

36 To Be Like God 166

37 Fifteen Shekels and Barley 169

38 Raising the Bar on Tolerance 171

A Hopeful Eulogy: Practical Steps to Realizing the Desired Kingdom 176

Acknowledgments 187

Notes 189

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