This blog is a repost of a tribute Billy wrote in 2015 in honor of distinguished Biblical Scholar Dr. Randall Bailey. As a former student and teaching assistant of Dr. Bailey, Billy writes about the history of their friendship, Dr. Bailey’s scholarship and his contributions to Church and Society. He writes about the need to have other scholars rise up and take up the work of one of the most legendary black religious scholars of our time.
In this provocative piece Billy writes about the current industry of Christian based racial reconciliation and failure to address the work of restorative justice. Billy lays out how theologies of reconciliation too often fall short and provides a way forward for progressive minded Christians who support reparations as an important step of reconciliation.
Christian based conversations about race relations and reconciliation has become an industry in contemporary Christianity, especially among the so-called evangelical wing. There are conferences, books, speaking tours and sermons produced continually talking about how the church can overcome the challenges of race and come together for the sake of Jesus. But despite the popularity of racial reconciliation ministry Billy is not impressed and is speaking his mind about why. Check out what he has to say.