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Posted 2/22/12 at 1:38 PM | Paul Louis Metzger

Billy Graham + Martin Luther King, Jr. = John M. Perkins

In a 2012 “prediction” carried by CNN, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, claims that evangelicals need at this time “to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The president of the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization goes on to say, “By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.” (Citation here.)

Interviewing Dr. John M. Perkins at The Justice Conference 2012.

From my experience, no one reconciles better Graham’s gospel proclamation message with King’s justice platform than Dr. John M. Perkins. I will have the privilege to interview this evangelical Bible teacher and civil rights leader this weekend during his plenary address at The Justice Conference in Portland, Oregon. Co-Founder of the Christian Community Development Association, author of numerous important books on holistic gospel witness and advisor to several U.S. Presidents on poverty and race, John Perkins has synthesized well biblical orthodoxy and orthopraxis. Since his conversion to Christ in 1957, he has sought to bring justification by faith together with the justice of the faithful. His profound message and mentorship have shaped my teaching and writing, including Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths. FULL POST

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