Crossing The Line
Crossing the Line: Culture, Race and Kingdom
When reading Michael’s book, I literally ran out of superlatives to describe each chapter. Early on, I predicted that it would easily be the best book ever written on culture and race from both biblical and practical perspectives...
As a black man who has been a disciple for thirty-five years and served seventeen years in the full-time ministry, I just wanted to read the entire book without stopping. Everything I read addressed a concern I had but did not know how to express. I no longer have to be the voice of reason on race. Michael’s book does it for me with far more palatable language and exponentially more spirituality.
I knew that Michael Burns’ Crossing the Line: Culture, Race, and Kingdom would be a compelling read. As I jumped in, I found myself learning things that I should have learned in my youth. There are many choice morsels that Michael brings to a discussion that is both timely and necessary. I believe that Crossing the Line will provide insights that give us pause for self-reflection and conversation starters for meaningful dialogue.
In this book, Michael Burns opens the doorway into dialogue and discussion of race and its impact on the culture and Kingdom of God. Issues of racism, race, and culture bring out deep passion and potential conflict in the world; and because disciples live in this world, they affect us, our mission, and our unity. Every potential problem like this, though, can be a pitfall or a platform. It can be our undoing or an amazing opportunity to put the power and wisdom of the true gospel on display.
Michael Burns is a teacher in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Church of Christ. He is a graduate of Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University (MA). He taught high school history in the central city of Milwaukee for nearly ten years. He is a national and international biblical teacher at churches and workshops.