One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love

One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love

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Dr. Perkins’ final manifesto on race, faith, and reconciliation

We are living in historic times. Not since the civil rights movement of the 60s has our country been this vigorously engaged in the reconciliation conversation. There is a great opportunity right now for culture to change, to be a more perfect union. However, it cannot be done without the church, because the faith of the people is more powerful than any law government can enact.

The church is the heart and moral compass of a nation. To turn a country away from God, you must sideline the church. To turn a nation to God, the church must turn first. Racism won't end in America until the church is reconciled first. Then—and only then—can it spiritually and morally lead the way.

Dr. John M. Perkins is a leading civil rights activist today. He grew up in a Mississippi sharecropping family, was an early pioneer of the civil rights movement, and has dedicated his life to the cause of racial equality. In this, his crowning work, Dr. Perkins speaks honestly to the church about reconciliation, discipleship, and justice... and what it really takes to live out biblical reconciliation.

He offers a call to repentance to both the white church and the black church. He explains how band-aid approaches of the past won't do. And while applauding these starter efforts, he holds that true reconciliation won't happen until we get more intentional and relational. True friendships must happen, and on every level. This will take the whole church, not just the pastors and staff.

The racial reconciliation of our churches and nation won't be done with big campaigns or through mass media. It will come one loving, sacrificial relationship at a time. The gospel and all that it encompasses has always traveled best relationally. We have much to learn from each other and each have unique poverties that can only be filled by one another. The way forward is to become "wounded healers" who bandage each other up as we discover what the family of God really looks like. Real relationships, sacrificial love between actual people, is the way forward. Nothing less will do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802495501
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 289,563
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

DR. JOHN M. PERKINS is the founder and president emeritus of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation and co-founder of Christian Community Development Association. He has served in advisory roles under five U.S. presidents, is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement, and is an author and international speaker on issues of reconciliation, leadership, and community development. For his tireless work he has received 14 honorary doctorates from universities including: Virginia University of Lynchburg, Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor University, North Park College, and Belhaven College. In 2004 he partnered with Seattle Pacific University to launch the campus-based John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development.

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Praise for One Blood

John Perkins’s new book, One Blood, is an open invitation for the body of Christ—whether a church, denomination, or individual—to take inventory of our progress. Are we living by Christ’s standards, or have we succumbed to those of the world? While the latest research reveals that the average church is stagnant at best, Christ has challenged His church to stay in the race and get His work done! John Perkins’s book poses some tough questions and offers practical advice for doing just that.
Tony Evans
Senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
President, The Urban Alternative 

“Perkins rightly states that true reconciliation with our brothers and sisters ‘from every nation’ has been long overdue, and we continue to witness disastrous results. ... Dr. Perkins's insight and guidance on this subject are well worth considering by today's church leadership as well as individual members of the body of Christ.”
Rick Warren
Founding pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life

I’m not quite sure where to begin with Dr. John Perkins’s latest and, perhaps, final book, One Blood. I think the best way to capture the heart of this book is that, ultimately, this is a love letter to the church. By this, I’m not suggesting that this is a nebulous or fluffy invitation to a feel good, pop psychology about the injustice of racism. Rather, it’s both fierce and tender, pastoral and prophetic, lamenting and hopeful. Dr. Perkins—both through his words and corroborated by a life faithfully lived—invites us to a deeper love for God and for neighbor—including and especially those that don’t look like us, think like us, or feel like us. And in a world today of so much pain, fear, and division, we need to desperately be reminded of God’s reconciling truth, grace, and love.
Eugene Cho
Pastor, humanitarian, and author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

This is a powerful, prophetic appeal to people of faith to address our nation’s tragic history of racial injustice. Like Daniel, Amos, and Micah, John Perkins has profound insight on the health of our nation and the sin of racial bigotry that has burdened us for too long. One Blood is an altar call for justice to which we should all respond.
Bryan Stevenson
Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, clinical professor at New York University School of Law, and author of Just Mercy

John Perkins has been giving me a transfusion of reconciling love for forty years. We may be one, but John has always had the better blood, more of Christ’s healing and renewing love. So over and over, both for me and for so many, John has infused us with fresh vision and bold passion for God’s reconciling love and justice. This wise book testifies that that same blood is still vital and pumping hard!
Mark Labberton
President, Fuller Theological Seminary

I am so thankful that John Perkins has written One Blood. It is a must-read for all people. John carefully and powerfully weaves Scripture, his personal story, illustrations of true reconciliation with an encouraging style that brings hope. I loved reading it and so will you.
Wayne Gordon
Founding pastor of Lawndale Community Church and chairman of Christian Community Development Association

One Blood is indeed, in Dr. Perkins’s own words, a “manifesto” and the culmination of his life’s work and calling to realize biblical reconciliation. There’s a clear sense of urgency and candor about the days ahead for the church, the all-important role of the gospel message, and the baton that has to pass to the next generation.

I often say Dr. Perkins is a true national treasure. Here he has written his very heart and soul—a history and biography—in One Blood, and has poured all of himself out in beautiful, selfless love. This book is a must-read for any and all who share the burden for this ongoing fight.
Judah Smith
Lead pastor, Churchome (formerly The City Church)
New York Times bestselling author, Jesus Is ____.

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One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ananunezzz More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up One Blood, I knew it would be one of the heaviest and important reads I would face. It proved to be exactly that. This book addresses the topics of racism, prejudice, ignorance, injustice, and fear of our differences- head on. It then gives a blueprint for how we should look as Christ's church according to the Bible. God knew what He was doing when he placed this call on the life of John Perkins. For someone who has experienced so much personal pain at the hand of those who are ignorant, yet chose to live the life he lived, is truly only the work of the Holy Sprit. By the grace of God He traded bitterness for a life committed to getting deep into the trenches to help shape things into the way they should be. John sees what this world could look like if the church walked the way we were called. Every tribe, nation and tongue living in unity together. With everything going on in the world right now, a book like this is desperately needed. One Blood walks us through exactly why and how things should and can change. He explains many misconceptions in the Word and in our biology. This book is a gift to the church and it will challenge our beliefs on how we see ourselves as one body. I received a copy of One Blood from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review.
ananunezzz More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up One Blood, I knew it would be one of the heaviest and important reads I would face. It proved to be exactly that. This book addresses the topics of racism, prejudice, ignorance, injustice, and fear of our differences- head on. It then gives a blueprint for how we should look as Christ's church according to the Bible. God knew what He was doing when he placed this call on the life of John Perkins. For someone who has experienced so much personal pain at the hand of those who are ignorant, yet chose to live the life he lived, is truly only the work of the Holy Sprit. By the grace of God He traded bitterness for a life committed to getting deep into the trenches to help shape things into the way they should be. John sees what this world could look like if the church walked the way we were called. Every tribe, nation and tongue living in unity together. With everything going on in the world right now, a book like this is desperately needed. One Blood walks us through exactly why and how things should and can change. He explains many misconceptions in the Word and in our biology. This book is a gift to the church and it will challenge our beliefs on how we see ourselves as one body. I received a copy of One Blood from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
When I read a book like this one by John M. Perkins, I am drawn to the truth of what he says while I wonder why we seem so often to be pushed or pulled in the wrong direction. He points out what many of us have heard before. The most segregated place in our country is the church at 11:00 on Sunday morning. Does that describe your church? Why is that? Dr. Perkins has worked tirelessly for many years to bring about reconciliation and to improve life for those less fortunate. As he points out early in the book, God created one race: the human race. The devil has spread lies and planted seeds of doubt throughout history to try to destroy the human race. Follow Dr. Perkins as he shares words of wisdom and challenge to the church. This book is for every member of the human race, but he speaks directly to the church about the need for us to seek reconciliation. For every person who professes to be a Christ-follower, regardless of ethnicity, we have work to do to turn the tide in our nation. We cannot sit and wring our hands at how bad things are in this place or that place but we need to be part of the solution by seeking reconciliation with fellow believers who may be different from us. Most of the book is devoted to sharing how we go about reconciling through lament, confession, forgiveness, tearing down walls, prayer, and love. One of the best features of the book are the four “living it out” snapshots where pastors share how they have led their churches to become true multiethnic churches ministering to all ethnicities and social strata throughout their area of ministry. I urge you to read this book.
Pastor-Dean More than 1 year ago
When I was a teenager, a retired pastor took me under his wing and discipled me. We would sit and talk for hours about all sorts of issues in theology and in the local church. That pastor is now with the Lord, but reading Dr. John Perkins’ One Blood made me feel like I just had a conversation with my beloved mentor. Dr. Perkins writes like a loving teacher giving one last exhortation to one of his closest former students. This book’s wisdom and clarity is desperately needed in the current political climate. Racism is rampant and even some within conservative evangelicalism are debating the need to discuss this issue that has hurt so many Christians in North America. Dr. Perkins is able to step through the controversy and express theological points regarding racism while keeping a balance in discussing the practical ways to live out the message of racial reconciliation that we find in the Bible. He backs up this theology by showing impressive examples of churches that are living out the Gospel by actively fighting against racism in the local church. While I do not agree with all of Dr. Perkins’ thoughts, including his apparent ecumenicalism, I appreciate what his ministry has been and will continue to be through this book. One thing that impresses me the most in this work is how Dr. Perkins speaks about forgiveness. It is both the most encouraging and convicting section of this book. Another encouragement is that Dr. Perkins speaks to this issue of racism with hope, despite all of his suffering in the past, He has hope in Christ. What an example! If I had to choose one book to give to someone who was wondering how to deal with this issue it would be Dr. Perkins’ One Blood.