In 2019, Covenant Presbyterian Church hosted a three-day conference entitled “Building Bridges Instead of Barriers: Reforming Race Relations Within the Church.” A distinguished group of speakers gathered to strengthen the Body of Christ by proposing and exploring biblically reformed ways of thinking about the subject of race relationships within the church. In both formal presentations and panel discussions, practical suggestions were proffered as to how we might more effectively build bridges across ethnic lines within the church to achieve greater unity for the sake of Christ and His Gospel.
Preaching leads the church, and Christians live their lives as a response to the preached Word. Thus, the way the Bible is handled in the context of preaching is of utmost significance. In a session entitled “The Hermeneutics of Race and the Crisis of Contemporary Preaching,” Rev. Dr. Eric Watkins, former pastor of Covenant, discussed the intersection of biblical theology, postmodernism, and preaching in various ethnic communities.
In addition to pastoring Covenant Presbyterian for many years, Dr. Watkins was professor of preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL. He is a frequent conference speaker on the subjects of evangelism and church planting and is the author of The Drama of Preaching: Participating with God in the History of Redemption. He and his wife, Heather, have four adopted children.
To view: “The Hermeneutics of Race And the Crisis of Contemporary Preaching” click HERE
To view other conference videos click HERE.