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“Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference.” –Frederick Douglass, 1845
The prophets of old were not easy to listen to because they did not flatter. They did not cajole. They spoke hard words that often chafed and unsettled their listeners. Like the Old Testament prophets, and more recent prophetic voices like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Eric Mason calls the evangelical church to a much-needed reckoning. In a time when many feel confused, complacent, or even angry, he challenges the church to:
Be Aware – to understand that the issue of justice is not a black issue, it's a kingdom issue. To learn how the history of racism in America and in the church has tainted our witness to a watching world.
Be Redemptive – to grieve and lament what we have lost and to regain our prophetic voice, calling the church to remember our gospel imperative to promote justice and mercy.
Be Active – to move beyond polite, safe conversations about reconciliation and begin to set things aright for our soon-coming King, who will be looking for a WOKE CHURCH.
Praise for Woke Church
Eric Mason gives insight on societal, racial, and theological matters with proficiency. This book is a rare gem; few leaders are as competent and scholarly in how to address the divides and conflicts in society that greatly affect the church. This is a book I'll share for generations.
Grammy awarding winning artist @lecrae
While I barely missed the sixties, perusing the current milieu makes me feel as if we are back in those turbulent times. Another black body slain in the streets. Cops called on people of color for walking in their own neighborhoods. Divisive rhetoric from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Silent evangelicals muted by their own incomplete theology. It's time for the church to awake! My friend Dr. Eric Mason not only diagnoses the problem but provides tangible solutions for the people of God to walk in Christ-exalting unity. I believe when the dust is settled, Woke Church will be regarded as a seminal tome in what it means to be the church.
Woke Church is a seriously important book dealing with a core applicational issue in the church and in our society today. It is seriously biblical, showing the connections between reconciliation, justice, love, and the gospel. What God has joined together should not be s eated and the church as a multiethnic, multinational body needs to better reflect what God designed it to be. This book helps us think through how to get there.
DARRELL BOCK Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
After thirty-five years of local church ministry, I cannot think of a better word to describe the need of today than woke. What if the church really woke up to its power in Christ, and its position in the world? Let the prophetic ministry of Dr. Eric Mason rally your heart to God's priority on earth, a church that is wide awake to the needs all around them and what Jesus Christ still wants to accomplish.
So incredibly thankful for Eric. Woke Church is a timely and thought-provoking work to help us in these important times. He does an amazing job of giving us fresh perspective on the intersection of justice, race, and the gospel. Our culture is crying for a gospel-centered conversation on matters of race and justice. Woke Church is an instant classic that will help us both individually and collectively grasp the great opportunity before us to live out the gospel in these important times.
BRYAN CARTER Senior Pastor of Concord Church and codeveloper of “33-The Series”
The Lord neither slumbers nor sleeps. But not so His church. We have constant need of being told to “wake up, you sleeper” and to “keep watch.” We are like those first disciples in Gethsemane, spirit willing, flesh weak, falling over on our post. Sadly this has been true of the church when it comes to racism and injustice. We need an urgent call, a quickened conscience, an enlivened heart, a clear vision, and working hands to prophetically address with gospel power the ails of the church and the society. Dr. Eric Mason has thought as much about this as anyone in our day and we have much to glean from this clarion call to wake up and rep Christ!
Dr. Eric Mason has done something remark able in writing Woke Church. From the very first page to the last, you will experience the wisdom and expertise of a theologian, pastor, and cultural architect who practices what he preaches. Buy this book. You will not regret it. It's time for the church in America to wake up. Dr. Mason is sounding the alarm clock.
DERWIN L. GRAY
Lead Elder-Pastor, Transformation Church
Author of The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World
Woke Church is a clarion call of love—the love that is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a word of knowledge long overdue for the evangelical context in the secular age. Mason talks with a tone that should mitigate the perceived fatigue factor that of ten leads to backlash, hostility, and/or dismissal on discussions of the gospel's implications for social and racial justice. Readers—those already woke and still asleep a