John Piper

Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" x 9.25"
ISBN #: 978-1-4335-2852-1
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2012 Outreach Cross-Cultural Ministry Resource of the Year

Genocide. Terrorism. Hate crimes. In a world where racism is far from dead, is unity amidst diversities even remotely possible?

Sharing from his own experiences growing up in the segregated South, pastor John Piper thoughtfully exposes the unremitting problem of racism. Instead of turning finally to organizations, education, famous personalities, or government programs to address racial strife, Piper reveals the definitive source of hope—teaching how the good news about Jesus Christ actively undermines the sins that feed racial strife, and leads to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God.

Learn to pursue ethnic harmony from a biblical perspective, and to relate to real people different from yourself, as you take part in the bloodline of Jesus that is comprised of “every tongue, tribe, and nation.”


John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for over 30 years as pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, and Bloodlines.



Forward by Tim Keller
A Note to the Reader on Race and Racism

Part One: Our World: The Need for the Gospel
Martin Luther King Jr. – What Was It Like for Those Who Weren't There?
Section One – My Story, My Debt, My World—Why I Wrote the Book
Section Two – Black and White and the Blood of Jesus

Part Two: God's Word: The Power of the Gospel
William Wilberforce – The Importance of Doctrine and "Coronary" Commitment
Section One – The Accomplishment of the Gospel
Section Two – The Application of the Gospel
Section Three – The Ultimate Goal of the Gospel
Section Four – Two Issues—Interracial Marriage and Prejudice
Conclusion – Confession, Warning, Plea

Appendix 1 – Is There Such a Thing as Race?
Appendix 2 – The Sovereignty of God and the Soul Dynamic
Appendix 3 – How and Why Bethlehem Baptist Church Pursues Ethnic Diversity
Appendix 4 – What Are the Implications of Noah's Curse?

Subject Index
Name Index
Scripture Index
Desiring God: A Note on Resources

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