105. Bishop Claude Alexander | What the Lord Requires
Language of God
On his return to the podcast, Bishop Claude Alexander talks with Jim about his new book, Required: God’s Call to Justice, Mercy, and Humility to Overcome Racial Division. Co-authored by Bishop Claude and Mac Pierre, the book explores what the Bible calls us to do in the face of racial injustice. While Protestantism often prefers to emphasize the importance of grace in being saved rather than works, the authors make a strong, Biblically centered case for how we as Christians should love our broken world. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum. UK listeners, we’re coming your way! Check out the live podcast event in Cambridge on 7th September and get your tickets here.
THE WAY FORWARD - Interview with Bishop Claude Alexander
One Family Church Sermons
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:15-23Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment upon the head. . . . Psalm 133:1-2
Ep 3 | Bishop Claude Alexander with Pastor Matthew Watley and Helping Us Coming Out of This
WiiLD Courageous Conversations
You don't want to miss this engaging conversation with Bishop Claude Alexander and Pastor Matthew Watley as they discuss what we are learning during this unprecedented time. What will life look like for us, and for the church? What hidden jewels have been found in "staying in place" and what should be our next steps?
44. Bishop Claude Alexander | A Common Vulnerability
Language of God
In the episode, Jim talks with Bishop Claude Alexander about his growing up in the south with parents esteemed in the medical field--his mother was the first black psychiatrist in Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas and his father was family practitioner who was assigned to Martin Luther King, Jr. whenever he was in Mississippi--and about the role of science in racial reconciliation in America today. Claude provides some pastoral and poignant notes of hope at the end of the episode. Bishop Claude Alexander is the senior pastor for The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Join a conversation about this episode at the BioLogos Forum.
Claude Alexander, Jr. is bishop and senior pastor of The Park Church, a Baptist church headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has led The Park Church since 1990. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands of members with three locations and weekly international reach. Bishop Alexander works with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. He serves on many local and national religious, civic, leadership and university boards of directors. He is the chair of the board of trustees of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Second-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors. Bishop Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This episode is perfect for anyone interested in leading a church, redressing racial difference, our responsibilities to each other, and our relationship to God and mystery. IN THIS EPISODE Bishop Alexander describes The Park Church, its history, the qualities that distinguish it, its business enterprises, and its mission in the world. He talks about the 400-year anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and racialization in America, being a cultural translator, and what responsibilities we have redressing racial differences and disparities. He makes a connection between social capital, ethnicity, privilege, and the Good Samaritan parable. Bishop Alexander addresses charges of sexism and homophobia in the black church, issues an apology, and considers how history might judge his position on gay marriage. He discusses the arc of the history of the people of God, the bracketing of the best and worse of humanity, and Simon Peter. Bishop Alexander explains why Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America. He reflects on growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, what was important in his family, the volume and weight of the religious calling he felt as a teenager, and studying philosophy at Morehouse College. Bishop Alexander shares a crisis of faith that challenged his sense of value, emotions about the death of his brother, and what he wants people to truly know. plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Seeing Fully What We Now See in Part To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning