Edited by George, Smith Examines Racial Reconciliation
George and Professor Robert Smith, Jr., of Samford's Beeson Divinity
School have edited a compilation of sermons that represent a mosaic
of contemporary biblical teaching on racial reconciliation.
Long Journey: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation was published
this spring by Broadman & Holman. It features 16 sermons-eight each
by Anglo-and African American ministers-that illustrate "one
cannot be 'in' Christ and 'out' with Christ's brothers and sisters."
Most of the
contributors, who are educators and ministers, grew up in an era
of legally mandated segregation.
that the community of Jesus Christ has something to say about racial
reconciliation," wrote George and Smith. "At its heart,
racism is a spiritual malady. All these sermons move transparently
from the world of the Bible into our own situation."
addressed by A Mighty Long Journey are:
- That God's
Word calls us to confront the sin of racism.
- That the
transforming gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to racial reconciliation.
- That true
racial reconciliation must extend to the level of personal relationship.
Among the sermons
included are "Shattering Wall and Veil" by Smith, "The
Sin of Inhospitality" by George and "God Shows No Favoritism
(And Neither Should We!)" by Samford graduate and divinity
professor Charles T. Carter '56.
over a copy of A Mighty Long Journey are co-editors Robert
Smith, Jr., left, and Timothy George, right, with retired
Tuskegee University chaplain James Earl Massey, to whom the
book is dedicated.