“Each time I have had the pleasure of spending time with Dr. David Ireland, I have gained insight into the depth of God’s Word … a trait I have found in only a handful of others.”—Kurt Warner, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
Racial strife is tearing communities apart across the United States, but many of us don’t know how to start healing the divide.
NBA Diversity Consultant David Ireland offers an answer.
In One in Christ, Dr. Ireland draws on years of experience pastoring and counseling a congregation of over 9,000 members from more than 70 nations to equip you with practical skills for racial reconciliation.
One in Christ directs you to the great reconciler, Jesus Christ. Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from His person toward others—no matter their background.
In a divided society, Christians must demonstrate how to practice unity, tearing down the barriers that keep us apart. Thankfully, true reconciliation can be learned. Ireland draws on Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations” to teach believers how to usher in a new era of racial reconciliation, an era founded on the love of Jesus Christ.
David Ireland, pastor of a multiracial megachurch in New Jersey and diversity consultant to the NBA, equips Christians to usher in a new era of racial reconciliation in One in Christ. Racial disharmony is tearing communities apart, both inside and outside the church. But Jesus Christ is, and was, a great reconciler. Warmth, regard, and respect emanated from His person toward others---all others. Part of this allure was the fact Jesus was comfortable in His skin. This made others who approached Him comfortable in their skin. This quality fuels the deconstruction of walls---the tearing down of barriers that keep us apart. In One in Christ, Ireland shows us that this quality can be learned. In fact, at the cellular structure of Christianity is the ability to be cross-cultural. The Great Commission proclaims it. Jesus said, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). The word nation is the Greek word ethnos, where we derive the English word ethnic. In essence, the last charge Jesus gave was for His followers to become cross-cultural ambassadors. This is not optional, Ireland says: We must each become racially accommodating.
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Table of Contents
1 Route 316 1
2 Crossing Cultures 21
3 Defining Moments 39
4 Rebuilding the Bridge 53
5 Tolerance versus Accommodation 73
6 Healthy Cross-Race Friendships 93
7 Becoming an Authentic Reconciler 111
8 Building a Cross-Cultural Ministry 131
9 Leading across Cultures 147