For the second week in a row we are hanging out with a friend from Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Dr. Derwin L. Gray played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). Dr. Gray began his journey with God, experiencing His faithfulness as as Christ moved in his heart to make Him known.
Derwin earned a master of divinity degree with a concentration in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary under the mentorship of the renowned theologian Dr. Norman Geisler. He also earned a doctor of ministry degree in the New Testament in context at Northern Seminary.
Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the cofounder and lead pastor of Transformation Church (TC), a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped church located in the Charlotte, metro region. He is a popular conference speaker and the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart; Building a Multiethnic Church; The Good Life; God, Do You Hear Me?, Limitless Life, and his new book out TODAY, How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and the First Christians Knew, about Racial Reconciliation.
Like many of us, Dr. Gray is weary of the racial divide in our society. He longs to see hurts healed, wrongs corrected, and trust replace distrust.
The good news is that the Bible has a lot to say about how to heal our persistent racial divides. In How to Heal Our Racial Divide, Dr. Gray walks us through Scripture, showing us the heart of God—how God from the beginning envisioned a reconciled multiethnic family in loving community, reflecting his beauty and healing presence in the world. This message is central to the gospel itself.
Cover to cover, I could not put this book down. After picking up How to Heal Our Racial Divide, you won’t read the Bible the same way ever again. You will hear me admit this more than a few times in this conversation with Dr. Gray! There is so much to learn from this eye-opening scriptural journey when we as God’s people turn from being color blind and embrace being color blessed.
Links from today’s show…
“Wrong” by Dan Henig
“Jindupe” by Lauren Dunski