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The Jesus Way: A Review of _One Church, Many Tribes_ by Richard Twiss

One Church, Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You

Author: Richard Twiss (Taoyato Obnajin "He Stands with His People")
Paperback: 213 pages
Publisher: Regal Books 2000
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-8307254-5-8

About the Author

Dr. Richard Twiss (Taoyato Obnajin "He Stands with His People") is a Native North American Postcolonial theologian and minister. He pastored in a local church for over 13 years and has served the Church in North America and around the world in many capacities. It is possible his most unique and lasting ministry has been his efforts over the last few decades to strengthen, facilitate, and ignite authentic, Indigenous expressions of Christianity around the world. In this effort, he has written at least two books, the first of which is reviewed in the following. His second book is self-published and titled Rescuing Theology from the Cowboys (Twiss 2012). To understand Dr. Twiss and the perspective he brings to Christian theology, one must understand the plight of his people: Native North Americans. In hearing their stories, those of us not of Native ancestry gain a more fully-orbed picture of the God revealed in Jesus.

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The Worst Book on Racial Reconciliation Ever?—A Critical Review of One New Man by Jarvis J. Williams

One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology

Author: Jarvis J. Williams
Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: B&H Publishing 2010
Language: English


Ephesians 2.11-22 is one of my favorite passages in Scripture. It's one of the passages that most inspires me to pursue the unique and beautiful Kingdom of God that transforms the world. It's also one of the clearest passages in the Bible regarding racial reconciliation—a subject about which I am very passionate. So, naturally, when I saw the title of Jarvis J. Williams' book, I was excited to read it. I was also interested because I deduced from the book's endorsements and Williams' online faculty bio that he is a Neo-Calvinist. As a highly critical opponent of that movement, I hoped that Williams could break my stereotypes and surprise me with thinking on racial reconciliation that doesn't toe the party line. Unfortunately, my hopes were thoroughly dashed and I was deeply disappointed. In this critical review, I will attempt to relate all the ways One New Man did not live up to its billing, nor adequately address the subject of racial reconciliation. An exhaustive recounting may very well be beyond the scope of this review, but I will nevertheless endeavor to highlight the most important ways this book fails.

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