The Ralph Moore Podcast


Interview: Antoine Lassiter on Race & Protest Movement

Season 2, Ep. 50259

In this inteview you will hear the pain of a man who hurts because of friends who refuse to believe that systematic racism is a problem for the church.

Listen as he tells how he coaches his sons to prevent them from becoming objects of racial violence. Hear his heart when he says that making disciples of Jesus is the answer, but that disciplemaking must include rejecting sin, including the sin of racism.

Gather two or three books to help you understand these things from a paradigm unlike what you've previously understood:

A Story of Rythm & Grace by Jimi Calhoun, a Hope Chapel pastor who played alongside some of the biggest names in rock music.

Before becoming a pastor, he worked with,

Jimi Hendrix

Etta James

Hank Williams Jr.

John Lennon

Elton John

Mick Jagger

The Four Tops

Martha and the Vandellas

Rare Earth

In "A Story of Rhythm and Grace," Calhoun weaves together engrossing stories about racial differences and reconciliation from his life in the music world and his life in the church. Reflecting on how he has often found more racial harmony on the stage and in the recording studio than in the pews, Jimi shows what religion might learn from rock and roll.

"As an African-American growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Calhoun knows firsthand about the effects of racism. His personal anecdotes about this period are eye-opening, heart-wrenching and exciting. . . . His historical and sociological insights about racism and the civil rights movement are fascinating. . . . Those looking for an unusual perspective on one of the most turbulent times in recent U.S. history will be intrigued."--"Publishers Weekly "

"I love Jimi's heart. He's written "the right book at the right time." This book is a great read!"--Dr. John, musician

"Jimi Calhoun is a rare combination of storyteller, sage, artist, and pastor. Reading this warm-hearted, encouraging, and challenging book is like sitting down with Jimi for a dozen leisurely lunches and talking about what it means to be human beings with different skin tones and different histories. I hope and pray that this book will infuse hundreds of thousands of pastors, small group leaders, neighbors, and coworkers with new rhythm and grace."--Brian McLaren, author of "A New Kind of Christian"

How to be White in a Black Man's World, by Myron Pierce.

Myron is lead pastor of Mission Church in Omaha, the hub of a church multiplication network stretching across the United States, Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Jimi Calhoun -- From Noted Rocker to Church Planter

Season 2, Ep. 50264
Jimi Calhoun is an author, ethicist and musician. He's a gifted speaker having appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS and at several colleges and seminaries throughout America. He's also a church planter.Jimi’s musical career began with Leon Patillo in a band named Leon’s Creation in the San Francisco Bay Area. He played in the band with jazz musician Dr. John, performing alongside several notable artists including John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and Bobby Blue Bland.After leaving the Dr. John Band, Jimi pulled together the former band, Leon’s Creation, as simply Creation with Atlantic Records. He later joined Detroit rockers Rare Earth. He's recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone and with his old friend Buddy Miles. He toured with Buddy Miles Regiment, Creation and the Oblivion Express. including a Funkadelic hit titledComin’ Round the Mountain,and subsequentlybegan touring with The Buddy Miles Road Regiment. In 1983 Jimi walked through the doors of Hope Chapel Foursquare Church in Hermosa Beach, California. This podcast is the first of three. Jimi describes how he rediscovered Jesus, volunteered to serve as a janitor (while driving an XKE Jaguar to work) so he could better connect with the church staff who would disciple him. Since then he planted Hope Chapels in Sherman Oaks, CA, Belize City, Belize and now Bridging Austin. He's also written several books. He is passionate about building bridges wherever spatial division and social segregation exist.He planted, and pastors, Bridging Austin, a reconciling community committed to the inclusion of the racially different and the differently abled. (people living with a disability)You can catch him on these three websites.