Small Group & Individual Study Resources for Session 3 2020
(Starting Sunday, July 19 and ending Saturday, September 12)
During this season, we encourage all FHPC parishioners to join together in a study on racism. As Christians, our most faithful response is to engage with our world and to deeply understand the issues of our time. As racial inequality and bias has come front and center, we need to listen, learn and step humbly into the conversation.
Whether you study with a small group or on your own, we encourage you to read the book or listen to the podcast
and take the journey with us!
- Book Group(s) will read and discuss 12 Lies That Hold America Captive by Jonathan Walton.
“America is a Christian nation.”
“All men are created equal.”
“We are the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Except when we’re not.
These commonly held ideas break down in the light of hard realities, the study of Scripture, and faithful Christian witness. The president is not the Messiah, the Constitution is not the Bible, and the United States is not a city on a hill or the hope for the world. The proclaimed hope of America rings most hollow for Native peoples, people of color, the rural poor, and other communities pressed to the margins.
Jonathan Walton exposes the cultural myths and misconceptions about America’s identity. Focusing on its manipulation of Scripture and the person of Jesus, he redirects us to the true promises found in the gospel. Walton identifies how American ideology and way of life has become a false religion. Our cultural notions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are at odds with the call to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Ultimately, our place in America is distinct from our place in the family of Jesus. Discover how the kingdom of God offers true freedom and justice for all.
ORDER YOUR BOOK from Intervarsity Press or Amazon
- Podcast Group(s) will listen and discuss their way through Scene on Radio’s “Seeing White” series.
Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.
Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?
Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen takes a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL SERIES by searching Scene on Radio wherever you get your podcasts
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