Book Review – Insider / Outsider by Bryan Loritts

83683I am a big Bryan Loritts fan. So when I saw this book, I immediately wanted to check it out. Not only am I a Loritts fan, but being a pastor, the subject of Bryan’s recent book is such  hot button issue that I needed to check it out.

The book did not disappoint. In fact, Loritts writes with a inspiring, transparent, and authentic tone to his journey as a black evangelical in a predominately white evangelical culture. The book is eye opening as well as deeply convicting at times. It is a decent sized book, not took long, but not too short. There are only 185 pages and 38 chapters in the book.

Our senior pastor has always said that the church should be a reflection of the community in which it lives. Specifically pertaining to race, social status, etc. So if there are poor people in your community, there should be poor people in your church. If there are black people in your church, there should be black people in your church. Loritts challenges readers that there is not an ethnic home team.

There is one point that will give you a sneak peak into the book. He mentions that we need to submit ourselves to the minorities in our communities. In other words, he challenges white evangelicals to submit to their black neighbors and not just serve them leftovers (scraps). The answer is to invite these minorities to the table and work together to achieve the goal. He specifically mentions that you have to work together as equals. You need to bring minorities in as equals to your team. White evangelical churches are always excited that minorities attend their service, but the last thing they intend to do is appoint them or get their feedback as equals on the same playing field.

I truly believe that every white evangelical pastor needs to read this book. It will challenge you to view minorities differently and it will resource you with tools to effectively create a church that reflects the community in which your church resides.

 

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