Acts 9:32-11:18 Jesus Destroys Discrimination

January 14, 2018 Speaker: Chris Hall Series: UNSTOPPABLE: The Book of Acts

Topic: Default Passage: Acts 9:32–11:18, Ephesians 2:11–2:22

Series Resources:

Exalting Jesus in Acts: Christ Centered Exposition Commentary by Tony Merida

Commentary on Acts by John Calvin

The Message of Acts by John Stott

Structural Racism by John Piper

Sermon discussion questions


Adam Ruins Everything - The Disturbing History of the Suburbs:

"In the 1930s, as part of the New Deal, FDR created loan programs to help Americans finance their homes. But to decide who got the loans the government created color coded maps where green neighborhoods were good and red neighborhoods were bad. This practice became known as redlining."

Alexis C. Madrigal. "The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood." The Atlantic, 22 May 2014.

"Those were the neighborhoods where African Americans and other minorities lived, and redlining systematically prevented them from getting home loans"

Jamelle Bouie. "How We Built the Ghettos." Daily Beast, 13 Mar 2014.

"Early suburb developers like William Levitt instituted explicitly racist policies."

James W. Loewen. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. New Press, 2005.

"Levittown homes must not be used or occupied by any person other than members of the Caucasian race." — Levittown standard lease, clause 25, 1947

Bruce Lambert. "At 50, Levittown Contends With Its Legacy of Bias." The New York Times, 28 Dec 1997.

"And the federal government itself encouraged developers to discriminate."

Bruce Lambert. "At 50, Levittown Contends With Its Legacy of Bias." The New York Times, 28 Dec 1997.

"The result of these policies is that from 1934 through 1968, a whopping 98% of housing loans were given to white families."

"Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos." Fresh Air. NPR, 14 May 2015.

"In the green neighborhoods, the influx of new wealth attracted new businesses."

Emily Badger. "Redlining: Still a Thing." The Washington Post, 28 May 2015.

"The red neighborhoods had far less ability to build wealth, and many remain trapped in poverty."

James Surowiecki. "The Widening Racial Wealth Divide." The New Yorker, 10 Oct 2016.

"That's why laws were eventually passed that made most of these discriminatory practices illegal."

"Fair Housing Laws and Presidential Executive Orders." U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, accessed 31 Aug 2017. 

"Today, 70 years after Levittown was created, it's still less than 1% black."

Bruce Lambert. "At 50, Levittown Contends With Its Legacy of Bias." The New York Times, 28 Dec 1997.

“Black children are more segregated in schools now than in any time since the 1970s.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones. "Segregation Now." ProPublica, 16 Apr 2014.

"Highways that were built to make access to the cities easier for white Americans were often built right through black middle class neighborhoods, destroying them."

Nikole Hannah-Jones. "Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law." ProPublica, 29 Oct 2012. 

"Banks still regularly charge black home buyers higher rates on loans than they do white home buyers, even when they have the same credit"

Nikole Hannah-Jones. "How the Supreme Court Could Scuttle Critical Fair Housing Rule." Guernica Magazine, 11 Feb 2013.

"Worst of all, black and Latino home seekers still experience 4 million instances of illegal housing discrimination every year."

Nikole Hannah-Jones. "Have You Experienced Housing Discrimination?" ProPublica, 28 Oct 2012.


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