Is a social Gospel really the biggest threat to the Gospel that we’ve seen in our lifetime? Are these ideas of justice and the Gospel really compatible? Debates like these are nothing new. They’ve been raging online in social media over the nature of the Gospel, its implications for the churches formation, and even missional practices. Many believers that are addressing racism and other forms of social inequality find it a distraction from the churches primary mission of evangelism at best. Or a heresy influenced by worldly impulses at worst. Just Gospel will seek to provide a biblically informed and Gospel centered discussion on this issue with some practical implications for everyday believers in a broken and divided system.
As co-host of the Just Gospel Podcast, Dr. Craig Hendrickson brings a great deal of ministry, teaching, and research experience in the areas of multiethnic and cross-cultural ministry. Before joining the faculty at Moody four years ago, Dr. Hendrickson served for sixteen years as a pastor, urban missionary, and campus minister in various multiethnic and cross-cultural environments. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Missional Leadership at MBI, and holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.
Ernest Gray Jr. is the pastor of Keystone Baptist Church located in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Pastoral Ministries, and a graduate of Wheaton College with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Exegesis. He is working to finish his PhD coursework at McMaster Divinity College and has taught in the undergraduate school of Moody in the areas of Hermeneutics, first-year Greek Grammar, General Epistles, the Gospel of John, and Senior Seminar. It is Rev. Gray’s hope to impact the African American church through scholarship. Teaching has been one way that God has blessed him to live this out.
Just Gospel explores challenging questions about racial reconciliation, justice, and multicultural ministry. Listeners join a conversation between Dr. Craig Hendrickson and Professor Ernest Gray, along with insights from regular guests and noted leaders. Each program helps churches live out the gospel, offering a thoughtful mix of biblical teaching, respectful dialog, and penetrating social analysis.