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The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation

A slave runs away from his master. A mutual friend steps in to mediate between the two of them. Can there be healing in such a scarred relationship? In the face of such a daunting breach, is reconciliation (not to what was, but to what God designed) even possible?

This is the situation faced in the book of Philemon. From this short New Testament letter, pastor and author Dhati Lewis (Among Wolves) unpacks key principles that Paul applied to being an advocate in the midst of division.

The divisions of our day don’t look the same as Paul’s, but the principles are timeless. In 2 Corinthians 5, God commissioned us to be his ambassadors and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Whether we’re engaging in issues of politics, ethnicity, or religious beliefs, our heart posture should be one of an advocate set on reconciliation. The problem is, too many of us approach difficult conversations with the heart of an aggravator. Aggravators sometimes look like they are pursuing good things, but their heart is not toward reconciliation. Any motive less than reconciliation falls short of the desires of God’s heart.

We need godly advocates in every sphere of life. This book will specifically apply these principles to issues of ethnic division. Are you willing to call any division caused by discrimination, prejudice, or racism a sin? Do you want to grow in your ability to navigate tense and emotional conversations about ethnic divisions? Are you ready to become an advocate?

about the author

Dhati Lewis is the lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the vice president of the North American Mission Board’s Send Network. He earned a Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully in his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible study and book Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City.

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  • isbn: 9781535934671
  • status: Active
  • season: Summer 2019
  • publish date: 06/01/2019
  • pages: 160
  • carton quantity: 20
  • Advocates, eBook

Advocates, eBook

The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation

A slave runs away from his master. A mutual friend steps in to mediate between the two of them. Can there be healing in such a scarred relationship? In the face of such a daunting breach, is reconciliation (not to what was, but to what God designed) even possible?

This is the situation faced in the book of Philemon. From this short New Testament letter, pastor and author Dhati Lewis (Among Wolves) unpacks key principles that Paul applied to being an advocate in the midst of division.

The divisions of our day don’t look the same as Paul’s, but the principles are timeless. In 2 Corinthians 5, God commissioned us to be his ambassadors and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Whether we’re engaging in issues of politics, ethnicity, or religious beliefs, our heart posture should be one of an advocate set on reconciliation. The problem is, too many of us approach difficult conversations with the heart of an aggravator. Aggravators sometimes look like they are pursuing good things, but their heart is not toward reconciliation. Any motive less than reconciliation falls short of the desires of God’s heart.

We need godly advocates in every sphere of life. This book will specifically apply these principles to issues of ethnic division. Are you willing to call any division caused by discrimination, prejudice, or racism a sin? Do you want to grow in your ability to navigate tense and emotional conversations about ethnic divisions? Are you ready to become an advocate?

about the author

Dhati Lewis is the lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the vice president of the North American Mission Board’s Send Network. He earned a Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully in his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible study and book Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City.

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details

  • isbn: 9781535934688
  • status: Active
  • season: Summer 2019
  • publish date: 06/01/2019
  • pages: 160

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  • Dhati is an incredible leader endowed with seasoned wisdom, prophetic urgency, and the gracious disposition that comes from a firsthand experience in the gospel. I have greatly benefited from his wisdom on this issue and through this book, you will also. Advocates is both touching and practical, prophetic and pastoral. Dhati has a way of nailing down the pivotal issues and painting a positive vision of the future. I am excited to recommend both him and Advocates to you!


    J.D. Greear, PhD, 62nd President, The Southern Baptist Convention; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC; Author, Above All

  • I met Dhati over a decade ago on a church planter’s retreat. I knew then that he was a leader of leaders. Through his book—which he is actually living out pastor of a multiethnic, reconciled local church—he is leading us to a holistic vision of a reconciled church. Be prepared to learn afresh. I highly recommend this important book.


    Derwin Gray, Founding and Lead Pastor, Transformation Church, Indian Land, SC; Author, The High Definition Leader and Limitless Life

  • I am grateful to Dhati who, as a friend and brother in Christ, has never run away from the tension that comes from pursuing racial reconciliation. I believe, as he does, that the church’s mission of evangelism and disciple-making will be hindered if we do not confront our divisions and pursue unity. Dhati is an incredible leader and his book approaches the subject from a clear, biblical foundation that encourages and equips believers to pursue unity in the midst of diversity.


    Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board

  • I’ve been to the neighborhood in Atlanta where Dhati not only leads a church, but where his family is entrenched as advocates of the gospel. I’ve read every word of this book and can tell it comes from his heart as a student of Scripture and a pastor of his community. All throughout I could detect Dhati’s careful concern for what the text of Scripture has to say about reconciliation and how members of the local church can be obedient and practical in their own contexts. Advocates will give you a better imagination for how the gospel truly makes a difference when thinking about reconciliation, and for how Christians truly make a difference when acting with conviction.


    Daniel Yang, Director, Send Institute

  • In matters of race and reconciliation, we’ve too often and too quickly taken the posture of aggravators, justifying that fighting is the biblical and righteous thing to do. After all, wasn’t Dietrich Bonhoeffer the one that said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil”? In this book, Dhati masterfully explains the difference between being an aggravator and an advocate, and how we ought to respond as individuals and as the church in this age fraught with division. Don’t miss this!


    Daniel Im, Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources; Author, No Silver Bullets

  • We need a book like this right now. Fresh, winsome, and helpful, this book is full of insights into a topic that has divided so many of us over the years. Dhati’s wisdom, pastoral heart, and biblical insight forged out of decades of experience make this a highly usable and accessible resource. This book will challenge you, enlighten you, convict you, and give you new tools, patterns, and practices on the long road to racial justice.


    Michael “Stew” Stewart, Founding Director, Verge Network