On January 6, 2021, as insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. with a number of them waving flags declaring that "Jesus Saves!", it became clear that the fault lines in evangelical Christianity had become exposed for all to see, and that the Jesus being touted on these signs was a white, American, nationalistic version of the Messiah. Today's three guests, all on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and part of its Multiethnic Initiatives department, are all IVP authors with recent books that seek either directly or indirectly to challenge the idea of the "white American Jesus" that is reflected in the words and actions of Christian nationalists such as those participating in the events of January 6th: Jonathan Walton (Twelve Lies that Hold America Captive); Steve Tamayo (Ethnic Identity), and Chandra Crane (Mixed Blessing). Hosted by producer Helen Lee, the episode features personal and honest stories from the publishing journeys of these three authors of color, as well as the ways in which their books will be used to challenge and inspire the next generation of Christian leaders this summer--and how you can be a part of the journey even if you're not a student.
Helen Lee, Producer
Helen Lee (MBA, Babson College, MA, Wheaton College) is the associate director of strategic partnerships at IVP and the director of content and resource development for Missio Alliance. She is the author of The Missional Mom and a contributor and coeditor of Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches. She has contibuted to numerous books, devotionals, and Bibles and has written extensively for publications like Christianity Today, Sojourners, Jesus Creed, Christ and Pop Culture, and Today's Christian Woman, for which she has won numerous awards. She is cofounder of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, which annually conducts the "Best Christian Places to Work" survey and is a sought-after speaker. Follow Helen on Twitter and Facebook.