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In early November, I had the privilege of delivering the John Reed Miller Lectures at RTS-Jackson. While there I had the tremendous joy of having dinner with a diverse group of students participating in the African-American Leadership Initiative and sitting down with Jemar Tisby and Philip Holmes of the Reformed African American Network to talk life and theology. That dinner and interview were a tremendous blessing to me. It’s encouraging to see the Lord’s work of grace so powerfully performed in the lives of younger saints. It’s also a mark of grace to now speak in terms of “younger saints”–where did the time go!

Anyway, the brothers at RAAN have been posting the interviews in brief segments. If interested you can chase the following links:

Part 1: Increasing popularity of Reformed theology, Reformed theology and the African American church tradition, and why some Black church leaders tend liberal theologically

Part 2: Adopting Reformed jargon, hip hop, and pastoral practice

Part 3: What is Reformed theology and upcoming book projects

Part 4: The Decline of African-American Theology, “Black” and “White” preaching

Thanks, brothers, for this stimulating hour of conversation and for what you’re doing to draw God’s people together for His glory and praise.

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3 thoughts on “An Interview with Jemar Tisby and Philip Holmes of the Reformed African-American Network”

  1. Anyama Buabeng says:

    Dear Mr Anyabwile,

    I would like to send you a copy of my e-book, ParentVille. How do I get in touch? Email preferably. Thank you.

  2. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    Hi Pastor Thabiti,

    Ummmm, you da only Black Reform guy I ever heard of. Or Black Calvinist I ever heard of. And the only reason I heard of you was because of your association with TGC. Which is a good thing.

    I enjoyed your posts last year when you engaged the topic/issue of TD Jakes being invited to speak at Elephant Room 2. And your writings on the personal and theological damage that Word-Faith theology has brought to the African-American community.

    So last night when I viewed this conversation between 2 “brothers”, one a Reform/Calvinist pastor and the other, a Word-Faith pastor, I thought about you and wanted to obtain your thoughts about this fascinating discussion.

    Here it is: Word of Faith and Reformed Theology.

    The first 5 minutes engrossed me so much that I watched the whole thing. (!)

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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