Growing up in St. Louis, Vince Bantu clearly recognized the racialized nature of the city as being predominantly Black and poor on the north side where he lived and predominantly white and wealthy on the south side where he attended church. As he continued into his college years at a largely-white, evangelical school, he began to think that being a "good Christian" meant that he had to deny his own unique biracial and Black heritage and assimilate into the dominant culture. So discovering that his ethnic identity was in fact a gift from God and that Christianity did not, in fact, originate from Europe were life-changing realizations and ultimately led to his scholarship and writing A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity's Global Identity. In this riveting interview, Vince upends the misconception that Christianity is becoming a global religion and explains how it in fact has always been so. He also explains in no uncertain terms why he is is targeting people of color and those who are on the margins in the church with his teaching and his message. If you are someone who similarly cares about learning from marginalized voices, or if you want to understand more about what that even means, then you won't want to miss this compelling conversation.
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Maila Kim, Co-Host
Maila is a marketing manager at IVP; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host
Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.