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A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Meet Jesus and Sam. Evangelist and teacher Brenda Salter McNeil thinks evangelism that only introduces people to Jesus is incomplete. The picture is much larger than that, she claims: Christ's death and resurrection reconcile us to God and to each other across gender, race and social lines. Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman, introduced here as Brenda's friend Sam, ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 30th 2008 by IVP Books
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The premise of this book is that racial reconciliation and evangelism should go together. As far as it goes this book is right on. However, my own feeling is that the author does not deal realitically with the social and political inequities of race and class that often accompany the differences in the church. Furthermore, she does not address the need for justice as well as reconciliation. As such, it was a book that held great promise but failed to deliver.
Suzanne Burden
I went looking for something different style-wise, but the content is what shines in this book. A simple call to cut through the clutter, calling the Church to leave behind notions of power and embrace diversity and change. Not written at an academic level; it's very approachable.
four stars for the start and three stars for the end.

Brenda Salter McNeil (one of my favorite preachers) shares her thoughts on the ministry of racial reconciliation and evangelism through the prism of the encounter of Jesus and the Samaritan woman.

I love the premise of the book. It had some good concrete actions and reflections. Perhaps I was a bit disappointed at the end because it felt like McNeil was trying too hard to make the story work for her points and also perhaps because she was 'pr
Nov 08, 2008 Jenny marked it as to-read
I got to hear Dr. Salter Mc Neil speak today and am interested in her book. :)
one of the best books I have read lately
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