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Insider Outsider

My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All
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Summary

Pastor Bryan Loritts dives deep into what it's like to be a person of color in predominantly white evangelical spaces today and where we can go from here.

God boldly proclaims throughout the Book of Acts that there is no "ethnic home team" when it comes to Christianity. But the minority experience in America today - and throughout history - too often tells a different story.

As Loritts writes, "It is impossible to do theology devoid of cultural lenses and expressions. Like an American unaware of their own accent, most whites are unaware of the ethnic theological accent they carry." Insider Outsider bears witness to the true stories that often go untold - stories that will startle, enlighten, and herald a brighter way forward for all seeking belonging in the family of God.

This seminal work on race and the church will help Christians discover:

  • How they can learn the art of listening to stories unlike their own
  • Identify the problems and pitfalls that keep Sunday morning the most segregated hour of the week
  • And participate in an active movement with God toward a holy vision of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls "life together"

Drawing on insightful snapshots through history, eye-opening personal experiences, and biblical exposition, Loritts awakens both our minds and hearts to the painful reality of racial divides as well as the hope of forgiveness. 

©2018 Bryan Loritts (P)2018 Zondervan

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-20

WOW!!!!

Yes I love this read it 3 times now this might be one of my favorite reads so far this summer

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  • Jonas Land
  • 13-07-20

Worth reading for everyone (especially white evangelicals)

This book is so helpful. Having pastored a very multicultural church as a white man with many black leaders in South Africa, I’ve been reading and engaging with many people for the last 17 years on this subject. The only way it has been possible has been to do life with one another in genuine ways. I love that Brian attacks systemic issues, but keeps loving others at the center. Both approaches are needed. Indeed, they are two sides of the “Kingdom coin”, modeled by Jesus himself. I did question some of the things Brian said, but perhaps they relate more to the American church, and occasionally I wondered if his personal examples of feeling marginalized sometimes stemmed from his own insecurities, especially when he was younger. The reason I say that is because more than once I’ve been accused of systemic racism when the young leader was really just working out their own identity issues, as we all have had to do and I myself have also wrongly accused authority figures. However, as Brian rightly points out, this discussion is not just about facts but also about feelings, so in that regard it was helpful to hear his feelings, regardless of whether or not they were justified. I think his overall assessment and read on white evangelicalism is true and applies to the way the gospel was worked out through missionaries in Africa too We are still feeling those effects. I’m grateful for this book and hope it will go far and wide.

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  • Paula Whidden
  • 29-06-20

A hard and important read

When I started this book, pure curiosity drew me to it. Then, I realized how many times the author referred to "the white evangelical church" and found myself offended to be grouped into a cluster that the author clearly felt harmed by. I was tempted to stop reading, because it got uncomfortable. it was my friends of various backgrounds that kept me reading. I wondered if they felt the same. As the book continues, the author also shared his love and appreciation of many white believers and leaders and I found myself wanting to fit their dynamic. It's so easy to assume that my own experience mirrors the experience of others. This book helped me to see that this is not always the case. It also helped me to realize how often people I know may feel the same frustrations shared in this book. Now, I need to have difficult conversations. I need to ask more questions and seek the wisdom of those who don't look externally like me, but are my family as believers in Christ.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-05-20

Every white Christian please read this book

I was personally challenged and encouraged by the thoughtful and loving way that this Pastor Bryan Loritts has given a difficult message and one that all people need to hear, especially white Christians. it is help me see where I need to grow into a better man, into a more loving open and accepting man.

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  • SC
  • 30-11-19

Encourages us to be people after God’s own heart

This book is for truth seekers, those who want to look beyond the way things appear on the outside. It’s a beautiful thing when brothers dwell together in unity. We are blessed when we step outside our comfort zones to build relationships with people who are not exactly like us.

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  • K. M.
  • 10-09-19

Eye opening revelation

Extremely pleased with this book and the tough message for change and reflection of social identity theory factors of the in groups and out groups in christianity.

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  • BenUNC
  • 05-07-19

A Needed word.

I'll be listening to this one again. ...and then again. As a white man, I desperately need to find my blind spots. this book helped.

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  • Dan OBerski
  • 13-03-19

Keep smashing my predetermined thoughts

I read this book in the course of 4 days after a friend recommended the author and they didn’t have that book in audible. I was pressed to consider really hard conversations and turned upside down with different considerations. I love the discussion on race and many other hard conversations that need to be had! Thank you!

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  • Bobby
  • 11-01-19

Enlightening and Motivating

This is an amazing book and I'm not saying that because I personally know the author. His transparency in this book's just had a way of not only informing you but also charging you to reflect on your walk with God and charging you to do your part in unify God's Family .... . Crossover Bible Fellowship

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  • Terry Boynton
  • 01-01-19

An Invitation For Reconciliation

Reconciliation isn’t always a smooth road. In this book, Pastor Loritts shows us that there is work to be done in the body of Christ. For to long, the African American community have been invited to play in someone else’s game. But here you will see there an invitation for the other team to come and enjoy learning about their brothers in Christ. White evangelicalism has for too long eroded our country. Left unchecked it will continue to further the divide. I believe this a prophetic book that the church should read.