Having grown up in the Church, from “a long line of Baptist preachers and deacons,” Reddit Andrews is familiar with the conflicts that face Christians in this age. The picture of respectable knowledge with the imprimatur of the State belonged to the public school, taught by professional educators with college degrees and all the trappings of real knowledge. Whereas sunday school was taught by faithful volunteers, the parents of friends–not what one expects the institutions of learning to look like. He writes in Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity, ” My inner struggles were compounded by the powerful conflicting messages I was exposed to in public school. It was not difficult for me to see that the message I was receiving in school and the message I was receiving in my Sunday school classes were mutually exclusive. In public school, my Sunday morning lessons were flatly contradicted. I dutifully listened in Sunday school where I was taught how God created the world in the space of six days and how he rested on the seventh. All week long I would lug around school books that said the earth was millions of years old and that mankind evolved over an unfathomably lengthy period of time. As a child it seemed quite easy to decide who was correct… I just concluded that the public school teachers couldn’t possibly be wrong.”

Lindsay Brooks hosts a discussion with Rev. Reddit Andrews III to discover how his youthful views were changed and get a prescription for equipping ourselves for the tearing down of arguments and every lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, as well as the subtle and difficult matters of being the Church in the 21st century, including the challenges of multiculturalism and race as we are called to make disciples of all nations. Rev. Andrews is the new Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson MS, and is currently the Pastor of Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove CA. He has been an adjunct professor at City Seminary in Sacramento and Augusta School of Biblical Studies. He’s contributed to several books, including “Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity”, “The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices”, and the Gospel Coalition booklet “Sin and the Fall.”