More Than Equals
More Than Equals
  • Length: 296 pages
  • Published: June 08, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4864-5
  • Item Code: 4864
  • Case Quantity: 36

"The first step in the reconciliation process," Spencer Perkins writes, "is admitting that the race problem exists and that our inability to deal with race has weakened the credibility of our gospel."

When longtime ministry partners and friends Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice began writing More Than Equals in the early 1990s, their goal was to offer an example of how racial reconciliation is possible—and also critical to Christian discipleship. This landmark book tells the stories of two men from very different backgrounds embarking on the complex, costly journey of healing across racial divides.

Perkins, who witnessed repeated hypocrisy from white Christians and witnessed his bloodied pastor-activist father after a brutal police beating, wondered how it was possible to love white people. Rice, who grew up as a white missionary kid and thought of himself as progressive, was surprised by the tensions he encountered as a volunteer at a majority-black church—and by his own blind spots. As they served together in an intentionally multiracial ministry, both gained insight into why this work is so challenging and how Christians can do it well, in dependence on God.

With biblical grounding, hopeful realism, and practical detail, More Than Equals provides a helpful framework for Christians engaged in the deep ongoing surgery of racial healing. Now available as part of the IVP Signature Collection, this edition includes a new preface by Rice and a study guide for group discussion.


Preface to the Signature Edition
Introduction to the Second 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 and 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 and Yokefellows
20. Playing the Grace Card

Study Guide


Spencer Perkins, until his death in 1998, worked with the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development and was editor-in-chief of the magazine Urban Family. 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.

BY Spencer Perkins

Chris Rice

Chris Rice (DMin, Duke Divinity School) is director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office in New York City. He is author of Grace Matters, coauthor (with Spencer Perkins) of More Than Equals, and coauthor (with Emmanuel Katongole) of Reconciling All Things.

Rice previously served ten years as cofounding director of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation, helping give birth to the Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation, the African Great Lakes Initiative, and the Northeast Asia Reconciliation Initiative. Earlier he spent seventeen years in Jackson, Mississippi, living and serving in an inner-city neighborhood with Voice of Calvary, a pioneer in interracial church-based Christian community development ministry. From 2014 to 2019 Chris and his wife, Donna, were in South Korea as Mennonite Central Committee co-representatives for Northeast Asia, leading MCC's relief, development, and peace work on the Korean peninsula.

Rice attended Middlebury College and Belhaven College and has DMin and MDiv degrees from Duke Divinity School. He received the Seoul Foreign School Outstanding Alumni Award in 2008 and the Belhaven College Distinguished Service to Mankind Award in 1996.

BY Chris Rice