“Oneness Embraced”

Oneness Embraced book coverOneness Embraced: Through The Eyes of Tony Evans

The cover of Oneness Embraced positions the book as a fresh look at reconciliation, the kingdom, and justice. The book, written by Dr. Tony Evans senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, is indeed a fresh look at these topics but it is so much more. Within its pages, Dr. Evans has produced a book true to his customary hard-hitting, deep-thinking style.

In the mid 1990s I heard Dr. Evans speak on racial reconciliation to a standing-room-only crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina. That was back when racial reconciliation was all church folks could talk about. What Dr. Evans shared that night was inspirational and radical. Standing shoulder to shoulder with thousands of others, I knew that God had used this man to speak directly to me about my role in bridge building and social justice. Oneness Embraced skillfully presents yet another layer of the message he delivered that night so many years ago.

In what amounts to a satisfying mixture of theological discourse, church history, and biography, Evans shows a more radical approach to reconciliation. Dr. Evans’s presentation of black evangelicalism is eye opening to me as a black woman. But Evans doesn’t stop there. He uses Oneness Embraced to speak to Christians of all hues and creeds about empowerment, personal responsibility, and the church’s mission in society. The examples from his own life and current events drive his points home.

“The solution to our problems won’t land on Air Force One, nor does God ride the backs of either donkeys or elephants. To put it another way, Christians should be representing God’s kingdom by caring for people across racial, gender, political, and class lines so well that the government experts come to us to find out how we do it.”

Evans is quick to point out that although racial oneness is crucial, it is not the end game. The ultimate goal of all our Christian earthly work–the evangelism, missions work, racial reconciliation efforts, social justice struggles–is to glorify our Reconciler and King. Embracing oneness in its fullest is only one way to help believers reach that ultimate goal.

Oneness Embraced: Through The Eyes of Tony Evans is not a quick easy read, but it is more than worthwhile. I recommend it to those who are student/practitioners of biblical racial reconciliation. Get ready to embrace oneness for the sake of the Kingdom.

Linda

I am a wife and a mother. A writer and an engineer. I'm passionate about sowing seeds of biblical racial reconciliation and about building family through adoption.

4 thoughts on ““Oneness Embraced”

  1. OMG! I was at the same rally at NC State. I had a copy of the tape but have misplaced it. Dr. Evans opened with a powerful story of the man and wife who had moved into a new home and began to experience cracks in the walls. Long story short, the cracks were the result of a shifting foundation. Keep up this good work. I found this blog from a childhood friend of mine, Tracey Lewis-Giggetts. I am in Raleigh now and am looking for a church home. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    1. Hi, Edward. Talk about a small world. That was quite a night with Dr. Evans, wasn’t it? I’m glad you came by my blog.
      I’ve been away from Raleigh so long, I’m not sure about churches. My husband and I attended Providence Baptist for many years. When we started it was predominantly white but over time it was starting to change ‘complexion’ a little.

      ps. Feel free to email me off-loop with churches you’ve visited. Thanks.

  2. At long last – The message of Oneness in the Christian church. I attended OCBF church for about 7 years while in college in Dallas and I have to say that it was one of the most bountiful, passion-filled times in my life. A few years back I moved back to my hometown – and I was approached with this doctrine of Oneness outside of Christianity. I loved the message so much that it has caught and held my attention. When I reflect why, I know it is because of the blatant contradictions of Christianity. Love Your Brother is what we preach and teach…. but the church is the ultimate display of hypocrisy, we are divided, intolerable of one another- different worships styles, color lines, etc. All rubbish to me. I want to love people beyond color lines, beyond worship styles, beyond religion ( can’t wear pants in church, must stand when the choir enters, no clapping to loud, no singing to loud, if you don’t sing or shout loud enough you must not love God, if you are too loud you are not holy and you can’t hear from God – the black church is too loud, the white church is too quiet, the rich people go there, the poor people go there)
    So you see, meeting folk who were uninterested in any of the formalities of religion, but instead reaching the heart of God with whomever is willing to come presents what looks like a real opportunity for Freedom in Love. This book is timely, relevant and oh so needed!

    1. Myesha, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a passionate response. I just love your spirit. May God’s fire for true biblical oneness continue to burn and spread, in and around you. Bless you, sister. Spread the word about Dr. Evan’s new book. Thanks.

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