At RLC we believe that life that really is life is found in the person of Jesus, and our purpose is to equip followers today to pattern their lives after his. In this, we recognize that all of us need to see the teachings of Jesus modeled in fresh ways by contemporaries who are living out some of his radical teachings:
o “Blessed are you who are poor.”
o “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
o “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Toward this end, we want to introduce you to 21st century Red Letter practitioners who are living out the words and witness of Jesus. Our hope is that this series of interviews will encourage, inspire and equip you to live as faithful citizens of the kingdom he ushered in.
Now on the Red Carpet…
Like many today, Jonathan Brooks, Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood, is concerned about the juvenile justice system in America. Today he shares about the problem and—if the church will speak out—the solution.
Previously on the Red Carpet…
For years I’ve been impressed with the ways Haiti Partners has asked hard questions about how we love our neighbors. Today Jonathan Chan, who does some of everything with Haiti Partners, gives a glimpse into the philosophies behind what they’re up to.
How will the church engage today’s race issues—immigration, economic redistribution, presidential birth certificates—in the light of Dr. King’s very Christian message? Guided by King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Ed Gilbreath offers food for thought.
Kim Brown was in the first graduating class of Project Turn—a course, in partnership with Duke Divinity School, offering seminary-style writing classes inside of North Carolina prisons. Today Kim continues to serve ex-offenders and their families in Raleigh.
Bob Lenz, who speaks to thousands of teenagers every year, thinks the pro-life movement has been hijacked, and he begs Christians who call themselves “prolife” to find new ways to be for all life.
Today I’m asking Shayne Moore & Kimberly Yim, authors of Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery, how Christians can respond when human trafficking happens close to home.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Love Wins Ministries tackles the problems of homelessness by focusing on relationships. Today I ask founder and director Hugh Hollowell about engaging with folks who live outdoors. I learned stuff. I’ll bet you will too.
As a Christian who, for decades, has loved Jesus and loved justice, it struck me as odd that Faith-Rooted Organizing—a new book by Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel—was my first taste of…well…faith-rooted organizing. I suspect there are others, like me, with so much to learn from these two.
In recognition of this Saturday, January 11, being National Human Trafficking Day, I’m talking to Rachel Goble, President of The SOLD Project, an international organization dedicated to providing education to children at-risk. Keyword: prevention.
Because the incarnational ministry of Word Made Flesh is one worth learning from, I’m chatting today with Leroy Barber, Global Executive Director of this international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.
When Jesus said that those who visit prisoners are actually visiting him, he made no mention of how to get behind bars. Jack Heller, who teaches at Huntington University, has discovered one creative way…
You’re on a mission trip and you want to snap some good pictures for a slideshow at church. Or, if you’re being honest, to post to facebook. But pointing your camera at a human being you don’t know is weird right? It is. Today Nikole Lim — photographer, filmmaker and International Director of Freely in Hope, a faith-based non-profit restoring dignity to survivors of sexual violence—schools me, and you, about the meaning behind the way we use photographs of those often labeled “the least of these.”
Alberto Vega was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, one of the most dangerous cities in America. Some would call Al’s journey, graduating from Eastern University, a “success story.” Though rare, you can find stories of kids who “make it” and leave the hood. But Al didn’t leave. Instead, he did what Dr. John Perkins says changes communities: he returned to invest in his neighborhood. Today Al works with UrbanPromise Ministries, as the Director of an afterschool and summer camp he attended as a child.
A few weeks ago a friend was raving about the impact the Memphis Teacher Residency was having in Memphis schools by recruiting, training and supporting effective teachers. Wanting to learn more, I’m chatting today with Director David Montague.
As National Adoption month comes to a close, I’m chatting with Robert Gelinas. Gelinas is father to six children—five of whom he and his wife welcomed through adoption. The leader of Colorado Community Church in Aurora, Colorado—and founder of Project 1.27, advocating for children in Colorado’s foster care system—is convinced that God has a special heart for these precious ones.
Like many RLC readers, blogger Sarah Bessey believes in the full inclusion of women in the life of the church. Because many women around the globe are not yet fully included as valued leaders, her new book, Jesus Feminist, invites the whole Church to live into God’s redemptive purposes.
Happy National Adoption Month. Katie Davis, twenty-five, moved from her native Tennessee home several years ago and has adopted over a dozen girls in Uganda, where she’s now raising them. I wanted to know what those of us who aren’t called to follow God in this particular way can learn from Katie. Spoiler alert: a lot.
Last week I spoke with Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil — author, speaker, thought leader and founder of Salter McNeil and Associates—about her personal journey into the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. Today she shares some of the practical nitty gritty steps that set the stage for reconciliation.
When I asked Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil who the first speaker was that she ever heard preach about racial reconciliation, she named Tony Campolo—when she was a Fuller Seminary student in the early 1980s. Today, the name thousands of young adults would give to the same question is Brenda Salter McNeil. Dr. Salter McNeil, president and founder of Salter McNeil and Associates, is an author, speaker and thought-leader with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. Today I’m chatting with Dr. Salter McNeil about her own journey and ministry of reconciliation. And next Monday we’ll dig into practical tips for reconcilers.
A lot of Christians—myself included—have, until recently, been sort of…sleepy…about climate change. After traveling to Malawi this year with Evangelical Environmental Network—learning from Africans whose communities have already been irreversibly altered by a changing climate—I wanted to learn more from an American who has woken up to the reality of a changing climate. Tracey Bianchi is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois, and the author of Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet.
Jim Wallis, longstanding friend of Red Letter Christians and the president of Sojourners, believes something just as radical as Jesus’ sermon on the mount: that politics in the U.S. can be different than it is right now. After reading his new book On God’s Side we wanted to chat further:
In the war-torn country of Iraq, Jeremy Courtney, his family, and their small team, patterned their lives after Jesus by loving their neighbors the way they loved themselves. Courtney’s recent book, Preemptive Love, tells their story, and today he shares his passion with RLC.
Mimi Haddad, the President of Christians for Biblical Equality, has stirred it up here at RLC with posts about the biblical injunction for women to remain silent in the church and women in leadership. (#opposites) We wanted the back story and today we’re chatting with Haddad about her passion for biblical gender equality.
Red Letter Christians are convinced that Jesus-like neighbor-love was never meant to be performed once annually, on the church’s summer mission trip. Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom, has roped her own family into everyday mission near home, and she’s encouraging other families to get on board.
Bruce Reyes-Chow, the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA’s 218th General Assembly (#prettybigdeal), is a pastor and writer whose new book, But I Don’t See You as Asian, recently featured in our RLC Book Club, is a gift to the church today. Today we’re chatting with Bruce about race.
Today we’re chatting with Nancy Ortberg —author, speaker, consultant, wife and mother—about justice, a new generation of Christians and using our spending power to do good.
Last Monday we spoke with John Perkins about reconciliation, inherited dignity and why, at 83 years of age, he doesn’t get a lot of sleep. Today he shares more…
John Perkins is one of the leading evangelical voices to emerge from the civil rights movement and a tireless advocate for justice and reconciliation. He’s the author of numerous books on racial reconciliation and community development including, Let Justice Roll Down and With Justice for All. He’s a living legend and we’re honored to have him on the Red Carpet
Today we’re chatting with 7 ½ year-old Penny Becker and her mom, Amy Julia Becker. In Becker’s memoir, Good and Perfect Gift—selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the top 10 religion books of 2011—readers journey with her from the shock of discovering her newborn daughter has Down syndrome into unforeseen joy.
Named one of Christianity Today’s “50 Women to Watch,” Rachel Held Evans—the author of Evolving in Monkey Town and A Year of Biblical Womanhood—is a popular blogger who devoted a year to living out what the Bible has to say to and about women.
He’d been living in Minnesota when, in 2003, Sami Rasouli returned to his homeland of Iraq. Stunned by the destruction he saw there, Rasouli sold his business and returned to help. After encountering Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq—supporting communities struggling with violence—Rasouli requested that CPT train Muslim men and women to be peacemakers. Today Rasouli is the Executive Director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams.
If you’ve got a stereotype of an old-school evangelism “crusade,” prepare to have it dismantled. Under the leadership of Kevin Palau, the Luis Palau Association has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, drawing as many as 1 million people. (wait for it) Enter “festival 2.0”…
Isabel is a vibrant young woman who graduated Magna Cum Laude from a reputable east coast university and yet is prohibited from working legally in the country in which she was raised and educated. Today she shares her journey with Margot Starbuck and discusses why she now advocates for countless other residents who do not have legal documentation.