Staff Report

“Because only Jesus reconciles” is the mantra of the “[G]RACE: Gospel and Race Conference” coming January 13-14, 2017 to the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, located at 301 East Broward Boulevard. It will feature renowned speakers Eric Mason, Soong Chan-Rah, Trillia Newbell, Noel Castellanos and Brian Lowe.

The third annual conference will feature a pre-conference and main conference sessions during which leaders from diverse contexts will provide attendee’s with frameworks for comprehensively practicing justice and reconciliation in communities and churches.

Topics include: The comprehensive scope of sin and the gospel; No Excuses: We have a move; El Camino: Where the cross meets the streets; The role of women in the pursuit of gospel justice; and Learning to do good: The place of humility in gospel justice.

According to the conference’s website, “The gospel and race conference exists to address issues of ethnic and racial tensions. It seeks to confront the problem(s) and proclaim the answer.”

Quoting Isaiah 1:17, which states, “Learn to do good, seek justice. Defend the oppressed,” the conference website further states: “In the garden, our relationship with God and each other was corrupted. We lost our way and spiraled downward. Humanity sought after personal pleasure and comfort rather than what is right and good for everyone. When the story gets to the above words from the book of Isaiah, the people of Israel are confronted by God with their idolatry and injustice. And today, God’s words echo to us. We must look honestly at our own idolatry. We must address unjust ways.”

Conference registration ranges from $19-$49. Visit for more information.