September 1 was the launch date for Reading While Black, the new book from our good friend and upcoming Intersection Conference speaker Esau McCaulley. To support Esau and give readers a behind-the-scenes look at his new work, the Telos Collective hosted a free, live webinar on Friday, September 4. We’ve converted the webinar to a podcast for your listening pleasure! Bishop Todd dialogues with Esau about how the book came to be, how it informs our current missional landscape and much more.

There’s a path through the current moment that keeps fidelity to the scriptures and contends for a just society.

On the first half of the podcast, they discuss:

  • What’s unique about African American biblical interpretation
  • How Black people have continued to trust God despite their suffering
  • Why we need every ethnicity and their experiences to inform our interpretation of Scripture
  • The real questions churches should be asking themselves

Then the conversation turns to:

  • The role fear plays in our response to injustice
  • What hope really means
  • What an empty tomb has to do with slavery and other atrocities
  • Two surprising words Esau hopes describe the Church
Hope doesn’t mean patience, it means impatience rooted in the gospel.


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