5 thoughts on “Bloodlines

  1. A long-needed discussion of the gospel and race issues. I appreciated especially Piper’s treatment of interracial marriage. Sadly, conservative Christians are often the most aggressively opposed to miscegenation on the assumption that the culture won’t tolerate it when it’s really themselves who are opposed to it. Unfortunately race relations is one area where Christians historically followed the culture into an evil morass, and now are ironically reticent to acknowledge that culture often has a

  2. I read several of John Piper’s books in college and enjoyed them but realized they were all kind of the same book, which is fine since it wasn’t a bad book that he was re-writing again and again.

    I’ve noticed diversity in Piper’s output lately, instead of writing about Christian Joy (or Christian Hedonism, as he famously calls it) in every book, now he’s writing about marriage and race and thinking and other issues (which joy still helpfully lingering in the background).

    This book on Race and the

  3. Given all of the racism illustrated by the different events in the news in 2015 (Ferguson, Baltimore, SC church shooting, et al), this book by noted pastor and theologian John Piper has never been more needed. Bloodlines is Piper’s exposition on the evil of racism, on the mandate of the church to pursue diversity and overcome racism, on the central role the cross plays (and can play and should play) in overcoming racism, and on the explicit purpose of God’s plan to unite the world through Christ

  4. “Racism is an explicit or implicit belief or practice that qualitatively distinguishes or values one race over other races,” so says the Presbyterian Church in America.

    John Piper wrote this book because he has a debt to pay. God rescued him from the sins rooted in racism and hopes to convince others. If he had to, Piper could reduce the size of this book to three chapters and the conclusion, and I think maybe he should have.

    Piper is concerned that many of us have not matured to the point of bein

  5. This is a remarkable book on racism. Piper has read the popular, academic, and biblical literature with his usual care and insight, and in this book he provides much help to the rest of us Christians who “have not trained [our] powers of discernment in matters of racial and ethnic issues” (45).

    Part One (Our World: The Need for the Gospel) opened my eyes to the black-white racial tensions to the south. Here Piper talks about structural versus personal strategies for making racial progress before

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