Race & Race Relations


The resources listed on these pages have been read or listened to by an elder of Sycamore and approved by the Session for inclusion. Inclusion on this list does not reflect endorsement by the session. We firmly believe as a Church that the only infallible and inerrant authority on these issues is God's Holy Word, and so it is not intended that you agree with all of the content found. All resources should be read through the lens of Scripture. The resources are offered in the spirit of provoking Christian thought and action on difficult topics.


The Beautiful Community by Irwin L. Ince, Jr.
Irwin Ince is a pastor and theologian who boldly unpacks the reasons for our racial, ethnic and ideological differences and divisions while gently guiding us to our true hope for wholeness and reconciliation.  Ince calls us to pursue true community.  

Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A collection of essays written by men of various ethnicities and ages, addressing Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963; this book encourages us to pursue Christ-exalting diversity.  Contributors include John Piper, John Perkins, Matt Chandler, Sandy Willson, and more.  

Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith.
What keeps us so divided in the blood-bought Church of Jesus Christ? Christian sociologists Emerson and Smith researched just that. This book has become a standard for understanding the racial divides in the American church.  

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby.
This book calls the church to reflect the beauty of the Christ-centered unity of the New Testament, with a clear-eyed look at the history of how the church has contributed to division in our history. Not a pleasant book to read, but important history.  

White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to Be White by Daniel Hill.
Published by InterVarsity Press, the book discusses many of the racial assumptions we bring to situations.  

Understanding the Culture by Jeff Myers
This book is a look at how the biblical worldview applies to challenging elements of our culture, such as technology, arts and entertainment, marriage and sexuality, the environment, poverty, war and justice. Each chapter challenges the reader with why and how a Christian should care about each issue. The discussions about poverty and justice are particularly helpful.  

For a Continuing Church: The Roots of the Presbyterian Church in America by Sean Lucas
This book is about the history of the PCA, particularly its root, but it is also so much more. This book is nothing less than a history of Presbyterianism in the twentieth century, and all its theological wrangling, all its political maneuvering, all its failings, and all its faithfulness. It is a book that provides context to understanding many of the issues that still plague the PCA today.

Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility by George Yancy.

Beyond Liberation or Free at Last by Carl F. Ellis Jr.


Blogs and Articles

Tim Keller on Race and Justice

Tim Keller pastor and founder of The Gospel Coalition presents a series of essays on the Bible’s view of race and justice – and how it compares to the reigning paradigms of our day in four installments. 

  1. The Bible and Race
  2. The Sin of Racism
  3. A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory
  4. Justice in the Bible


The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehsis Coates

You may disagree with his argument, but it is critical that you hear it as Coates chronicles the effects of racist policies that have contributed to the current situation.  This article provides a good foundational understanding of the perspective of many people in our nation.


Holy Post – Race in America
Paul Vischer (the creator of Veggie Tales) presents the lingering problems of racial injustice in America in a concise and engaging way in this 17-minute video.  


Every Square Inch, hosted by Robert Cunningham

Pastor Robert Cunningham’s 3-part series on “Racism in America” is a powerful treatment of the subject.  Each installment is approx.. 45 minutes in length.  Pastor Cunningham serves as Sr. Pastor of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lexington, KY. 


Revising the Question by Rev. Thurman Williams

A sermon on Luke 10:25-37 (The Good Samaritan)

More Resources

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This Christian organization seeks to provide a third way in today’s political environment, combining compassion and conviction.  Their mission is to “educate and organize Christians for civic and cultural engagement that results in better representation, more just and compassionate policies, and a healthier political culture.” 


*United? We Pray


Started by a pastor and others from Capitol Hill Baptist church in DC – “United? We Pray” is a ministry devoted to praying about racial strife – especially between Christians. 

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