Reformed Theology and the African-American Community

I found this video to be quite insightful, but I wanted to hear more. From my perspective, this is the strength and weakness of this discussion.  Eric Mason is one of the leaders behind The Resurgence, which sprang up from Mark Driscoll’s Seattle-based ministry, Mars Hill Church.  The Resurgence brings together a team of evangelical leaders to provide resources for pastors, ministers, and church planters.  Mason leads his own church in Philadelphia called Epiphany Fellowship.  Reformed rap artists, Trip Lee and Lecrae, join Pastor Mason in chronicling their journey from non-Reformed beginnings into a more Reformed view of the scriptures.  In the case of Trip Lee, he is actually attending Boyce College as he pursues a career in the ministry.

Apparently, Reformed theology within the African-American community is highly volatile subject, but it is largely unknown to ethnic outsiders.  The silence on this subject raises questions about my own involvement or lack thereof with my brothers and sisters in Christ, who are African-American.  For my part, I am pleased to see three grown men of God explore ways to bring the gospel into their churches and social contexts.  One of the men recounts an interaction with a fellow African-American about Jesus, the gospel and Christianity.  The initial response was that Christianity was a white man’s religion.  I say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, but is that really how others see it?  This is by no means the end of this discussion.  It is only a beginning.  Something tells me that men like Mason, Trip Lee and Lecrae are sorely needed to raise this issue in intelligent ways.


2 thoughts on “Reformed Theology and the African-American Community

  1. John C. says:

    Reformed theology among African – Americans is slow moving, to say the least. But, by God’s grace, it is moving…slowly but surely. I’m sure you will agree that most of us are caught up in prosperity “gospel”. In that, the lack of theological depth and the misuse of scripture is so very apparent to those of us not caught up in the “hype” and celebrity of it all.

    I, too, and so thankful for men like Eric Mason, Trip Lee, and Lecrae. In the same camp of African-Americans upholding biblical faithfulness are Anthony Carter, Conrad Mbewe, and Thabiti Anyabwile whom are committed to the gospel in such a way that their sole desire is to see God glorified – the opposite of those preaching other than biblical truths.

    Good post and thanks for sharing. The video you link in this post is a favorite of mine. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Grace and peace to you.


    • mjabate says:

      Good morning John,

      Welcome to the Kingdom Scribe blog and thank you for commenting…I’ve heard of Anthony Carter and Conrad Mbewe, but I haven’t listened to any of their sermons/podcasts. I will make that my next personal goal. Eric Mason is one of my recent personal favorites. I love his fiery style, which reminds me of Tony Evans, who mentored Mason.

      Thabiti Anyabwile is the exact opposite from Mason as I find him more laid back; however, Anyabwile hits his listeners with as much doctrine as Mason. These men are bright lights in a dark world. Both Mason and Anyabwile are excellent role models for young men like Lecrae and Trip Lee and any man who desires to grow in Christ. Mason’s ministry to men hits me in the chest pretty good because I think manhood or masculinity needs bible guys like him to express the goodness of it from God’s perspective.

      The Millennial generation is in desperate need of redeemed men of God to shepherd them into the fullness of Christ. Lecrae and Trip Lee represent bright lights within that demographic, who can speak the rhetoric without watering down the gospel. We live in perilous and exciting times. It seems like the knife could cut either way.


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