April 15, 2021

A group of notable thinkers gathered to discuss biblical resources for addressing racial conflict in America in February 2019 at Samford University in Birmingham. Race and Covenant, the product of these scholars’ efforts, offers an analysis of America’s race dilemma and how to overcome it based on the idea of national covenant. The essays are even more relevant after the events of summer 2020, amidst the ensuing public discussion on race, justice, and social reform. Each essay stands alone, but the work expresses… Read more

March 29, 2021

I step with trepidation when I visit a new church in Holy Week. Typically the pastors and readers know little or nothing of the debates over the supposed anti-semitism gospel of John, from which many of the Holy Week texts are taken. So the readings often seem to pit Jesus against “the Jews,” and suggest that all “the Jews” supported the arrest and torture of the Messiah.  And worse yet, that Jesus himself condemned “the Jews” and therefore their religion…. Read more

March 18, 2021

Mark Connally is a delightful and erudite Irishman who interviews theologians and other scholars. Here is a podcast of his conversation with me on my life and career, race, God’s glory in this world, Israel, and Jonathan Edwards.  Our conversation ranges over several of my recent books. Dr Gerald R. McDermott: God’s Covenant: Race, Israel, and Jonathan Edwards – YouTube Read more

March 16, 2021

Friends, My latest book is now available.  Top scholars explain in accessible language the Jewish roots of Christianity. Here are some questions it answers: Did Jesus start a new religion, radically different from the Judaism of his day? Did Paul say we are now free from Jewish law? Does the book of Hebrews claim that God’s covenant with Israel is over? When did the churches and synagogues split from each other? Have the Christian churches been anti-semitic? What is messianic… Read more

March 2, 2021

It is easy to be led astray theologically when trying to be pastoral. You could say that was the mistake that the Episcopal Church made.  Starting in the 1970s its leaders said that in order to heal the hurts of the same-sex attracted (SSA) we must let them live out their sexual desires.  Later, that meant marriage for gays. It didn’t matter, for TEC, that the plain sense of Scripture and the whole Christian tradition were against these moves.  Scripture… Read more

February 19, 2021

Friends: Jerusalem Seminary is the only Protestant seminary in English in Israel.  It is now offering a splendid opportunity for you to study “there,” but from your home. Beginning next month, you can study “there” online the book of Matthew, beginning Hebrew, and the Jewish roots of prayer and music. The director of the new Jerusalem seminary, Baruch Kvasnica, is seen here with his family. See this short video in which he tells about this splendid opportunity: JS video Here is… Read more

February 12, 2021

I will never forget the day I stood on the ruins of a third-century synagogue in Capernaum, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful blue waters of the Sea of Galilee. I was leading a tour of Christian pilgrims. Our guide called our attention to Matthew 23:3, a verse I had read hundreds of times but which now suddenly jumped off the page: “You must be careful to do everything [the teachers of the law and Pharisees] tell you.” I… Read more

February 4, 2021

Mosaic is a Jewish online magazine.  Its editor Jonathan Silverman interviewed Derryck Green and me on race and the Bible.  We told Dr. Silver that the biblical covenant is necessary for racial healing and reconciliation.  Here is the recording of our conversation. Read more

January 25, 2021

In January 1862 Frederick Douglass, former slave who became America’s greatest socio-political prophet of the nineteenth century, declared that America was facing Armageddon. “The fate of the greatest of all Modern Republics trembles in the balance.” God was in control of the nations, and America was particularly a subject of his providence. “We are taught as with the emphasis of an earthquake,” Douglass told his listeners at Philadelphia’s National Hall, “that nations, not less than individuals, are subjects of the moral… Read more

January 21, 2021

  by Carl Trueman While working on “Evangelicals and Race Theory,” I was pleased to discover the recent essay collection Race and Covenant: Recovering the Religious Roots of American Reconciliation, edited by Gerald R. McDermott. Written by a group of largely, but not exclusively, Christian thinkers, it is a most welcome volume in a Christian world divided (at least if the soi-disant leaders on Twitter are to be believed) between those who think racism is the only sin that exists and those who… Read more

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