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Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When it comes to the ethnic divisions in our world, we speak often of seeking racial reconciliation. But at no point have all the different ethnicities on Earth been reconciled. Animosity, distrust, and hostility among people from various ethnicities have always existed in American history. Even in the church, we have often built walls—ethnic segregation, classism, sexism, ...more
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Published October 22nd 2019 by NavPress
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Kelly Hodgkins
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As outlined on the back cover of Intensional, D. A. Horton sets out to reframe the hostility and tension surrounding ethnicity, shifting the reader’s mindset from searching for “racial reconciliation” to “ethnic conciliation”. He believes “the words racial reconciliation usually trigger greater chasms of division rather than healing, repentance, and togetherness.” Horton argues that ethnic conciliation “is accomplished when we affirm (not ignore or idolize) the ethnic heritages of every human be ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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In America Today, Christians are divided on how to define the gospel. In evangelicalism, leaders express the central gospel message (in content) but neglect to apply this message to the social turmoil surrounding them (in context). On the the other hand, those in mainline Christianity see the church's mission as mobilizing social action to alleviate injustice, representing the Kingdom of God and loving our neighbors-while forsaking the message of Christ's atoning work. But we miss the full gospe ...more
Brandon Elrod
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
As evangelicals continue discussing how the church needs to be a part of the solution when dealing with ethnic tensions, Horton’s book provides a valuable perspective on how believers can move forward.

Horton shares his experiences navigating the challenges, and readers will benefit from hearing his story even if they don’t always agree with his proposals.

One thing that elevates his book, though, is Horton’s unwavering hope—his esperanza—as he trusts in the power of the gospel and believes God wi
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a book on why and how to fight racism that is based on biblical teaching. This is an awesome one. The author is a pastor. He really motivates readers to self-examine and, more importantly, do things we can do in our lane. He goes to the Scripture and point out because Scripture condemns the sin of partiality, that's the basis for Christians to stand against racism and treat it very seriously. He also talks about how the foundational sin behind the institution of slavery (and ot ...more
Conrade Yap
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different groups describe justice differently. For some, it is about retaliation. For others, it is about making sure the culprits are brought to justice and punished accordingly. Then, there are those who would use perceptions of injustice to do other forms of injustice. In a divided world, it is not just definitions or perceptions that are divided. People are deeply divided over matters of religion, political stance, language, looks, and especially ethnicities. If there is one thing that is ba ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really like D. A. Horton. He's been on the forefront of standing for biblical ethnic conciliation for years. This was a good book, but nothing groundbreaking for me. I do appreciate that he remained biblically focused and rooted. He frames racism as the sin of partiality. I really found this needed. Most will argue that racism is a political tool. But, no bible believing Christian can deny partiality as a sin that must be dealt with in all our lives. The latter chapters dealt with a lot of pra ...more
Nathan Kornegay
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really appreciate the importance of reframing language around racial issues. This book is great for new terms for how to understand how to love brothers and sisters from other backgrounds. However, the book lacks a lot of content and creative writing. One chapter alone includes 5 acronyms for how Christians are supposed to live. The book ends up sputtering out towards the end as the author seems to run out of things to say, but wants a book of substantial length. Ultimately a book with a few g ...more
Brandon Woodard
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I’m a fan of brother Horton. This one took me longer to finish because I felt like it was a bit redundant in the beginning but I’m glad I picked the book back up. This book really is a good work in ethnic conciliation. I love the terms he uses and the roadmap for hope during these troubling times.

I encourage this work for those looking for a minority’s voice in ethnic conciliation or what many people call racial reconciliation.
Noah Adams
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful, but not groundbreaking. A good place to start if you’re seeking to learn more about how to listen and fight for “ethnic conciliation”. Horton’s “in between” perspective is thoughtful and kind, but also stern and straightforward. There is no place for the sin of partiality in the church and ONLY Jesus and his church can bring the ethnic conciliation for which we long as a nation.
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great material and excellent resource for encouragement on how to stay the course with the truth of God’s word toward ethical cleansing in the American church. Pastor D.A Horton book, is written with a purpose to move into this cleanse we need within the body of Christ. Great quick read with solid biblical truths. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. For me it’s a 4.5 stars.
Stephanie Loomis
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent challenge to the American church of 2020. Divisive times call for a Church dedicated to the radical unity of the Gospel. It begins with what Horton calls "ethnic conciliation" and leads to a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-cultural church that meets the needs of the community in which it dwells. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Horton prefers the term ethnic conciliation to racial reconciliation and makes a good case for it. There were helpful nuggets throughout the book. I thought the chapter on color blindness was particularly helpful.
Natalie Eshman
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book had a unique perspective on the issues that America is currently facing. I think everyone in the church would benefit from reading it; specifically chapters 4-7. I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author.
Frank Troth
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a seasoned Latino (his preferred term) pastor in CA and author of several books, Horton addresses ethnic (preferred over race) issues in our culture at large, and in the church. Repentance and engagement. A couple of longer chapters on engagement near the end. It's a good book for a group discussion which is how I read it. ...more
Jonathan Penn
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A convicting read about our true citizenship is in heaven. As Christians we form a new ethnic/cultural group together - one that includes all ethnicities under King Jesus.

Horton writes challenging and true words about the history, and subsequent division, of the word “race,” as well as the impact it has had on our world and church. He pushes us to recognize our own racism and ethnic prejudices as we build relationships and churches in order to be an example of the future City of God to the divid
Andrew Wolgemuth
Packed with wisdom, D.A.'s "brown voice" speaks with insight, candor, and hope for the church in regards to "Kingdom ethnicity."

My favorite concepts that Horton introduced me to and that will play in my mind for a long time include "ethnic conciliation" (instead of the typical "racial reconciliation") and "partiality."

(full disclosure: the literary agency I work for represents D.A. on this book)
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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D.A. Horton serves as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at California Baptist University. Previously he served as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute, a church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries.

He earned his B.S. in Bibli

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