More Than Equals

More Than Equals

Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel

Revised Edition

by Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice

More Than Equals
  • Length: 285 pages
  • Published: April 26, 2000
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2256-0
  • Item Code: 2256
  • Case Quantity: 36
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  • Recipient of a Christianity Today 1994 Critics Choice Award

Here is living proof that white and black Christians can live together.

When Spencer Perkins was sixteen years old, he visited his bloodied and swollen father (pastor John Perkins) in jail. Police had beaten the black activist severely, and Spencer never forgot the moment. He couldn't imagine living in community with a white person after that. But his plans were changed.

Chris Rice grew up in very different circumstances, of "Vermont Yankee stock," attending an elite Eastern college and looking forward to a career in law and government. But his plans were changed.

Spencer and Chris became not only friends, but yokefellows--partners for more than a decade in the difficult ministry of racial reconciliation. From their own hard-won experience, they show that there is hope for our frightening race problem, that whites and African-Americans can live together in peace.

This revised and expanded edition includes a new introduction, a new afterword, a new study guide, updated resources and a new chapter by Spencer, "Playing the Grace Card." In compellingly practical detail, Chris and Spencer present their hope, which is boldly and radically Christian. "The cause of racial reconciliation needs yokefellows," they argue, ". . . not solely for the sake of racial harmony--even though it will lead to that--but for the witness of the gospel."

"Perkins and Rice have constructed an important book."

Moody Magazine

"More Than Equals brings creative possibilities to the door of every parish."

Christian Century

"Perkins and Rice exhibit a relationship that in itself proves the chasm between white and black Christians need not remain. . . . Many works have dealt with the reality of racial disunity in the church, but this [book] offers proven solutions."

Christianity Today


Introduction to the New Edition

Part 1: Admit
1. Race Fatigue
2. Foot Soldier
3. At the Crossroads
4. Who Is My Neighbor?
5. White Blinders
6. School Daze
7. Black Residue
8. Silence Gives Consent
9. A Little Respect

Part 2: Submit
10. From Anger Guilt to Passion and Conviction
11. Weapons for the Battle
12. Acts: A Reconciliation Story

Part 3: Commit
13. The Character of a Reconciler
14. White Fear
15. More Than Skin Deep
16. Soul Mates
17. Unlikely Comrades
18. Kingdom Choices
19. Friends Yokefellows
20. Playing the Grace Card




Study Guide


Spencer Perkins, until his death in 1998, worked with Reconcilers Fellowship, and prior to that with the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development and as editor-in-chief of the magazine Urban Family. Spencer was also a founding board member of the Christian Community Development Association. For twelve years he and Chris Rice and their families lived together in the Antioch Community and served as elders of Voice of Calvary Fellowship Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Spencer grew up in Mendenhall, Mississippi, where he was active in the local civil rights movement. In 1996 Spencer received the Belhaven College Distinguished Service to Mankind Award.

BY Spencer Perkins

Chris Rice

Chris Rice (DMin, Duke Divinity School) serves as director of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United Nations Office in New York City. He is coauthor (with Emmanuel Katongole) of Reconciling All Things, author of Grace Matters, and coauthor (with Spencer Perkins) of More Than Equals. From 2014 to 2019 Chris and his wife, Donna, were in South Korea as MCC co-representatives for Northeast Asia, which included work on both sides of the South Korea/North Korea divide and regional peacebuilding. Chris previously served ten years as cofounding director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation. Prior to that he spent seventeen years in Jackson, Mississippi, living in an inner-city neighborhood and serving in interracial, church-based Christian community development ministry.

BY Chris Rice