The Reformed African American Network (RAAN) provides access to trustworthy, biblical resources in the Reformed tradition. The term “Reformed” is used to distinguish rather than divide and the network adopts a broad definition of “Reformed” comprised of two main components:
A) Assent to the “Five Alones”
1. Grace alone
2. Faith alone
3. Scripture alone
4. by Christ alone
5. to the glory of God alone
B) Rooted in the historic Christian Reformation
The Reformation of the 16th century was, at its core, about recovering the Bible and its doctrines over against corrupt human traditions that had assumed primary importance. The Reformers of this era used the phrase “semper reformanda” which means “always reforming”. So the Church is always in the process of reminding, redeeming, and re-committing herself to Christ as revealed in His inspired, infallible, inerrant Scripture.
While the term “Reformed” may have negative connotations for some, RAAN hopes to broaden the cultural connotations associated with the term through a wide network of Christians from a diverse array of backgrounds, races, and ethnicities.
The Reformed African American Network joins with all sincere believers in seeking God’s truth from Scripture and constantly examining our faith and practice in its light. We, however, must acknowledge that the tremendous body of teaching handed down to the Church from the Reformers has not been as accessible to some groups as others. The African American church in particular has been isolated in many ways from the great Reformed thinkers of past and current generations: Calvin, Edwards, Ridderbos, Packer, Piper, and more.
This brief list of names already illustrates that-in addition to African Americans being isolated from the Reformed tradition-the voices of the Reformed tradition have been overwhelmingly Western and Anglo. Therefore, while African Americans stand to benefit tremendously from the theological expositions and formulations the Reformed tradition, Reformed theology itself stands to benefit from the rich theological tradition that African Americans bring. We understand this engagement as a two-way exchange, not a one-way deposit.
The Reformed African American Network provides resources and contemporary theological thought from a Reformed perspective. RAAN gathers resources from across its diverse network and centralizes them in one location. On the RAAN page you will find links to blogs, seminaries, churches, videos, articles, books, pastors, professionals, and more. Our hope is that if you are new to the Reformed tradition or simply desire access to reliable Christian resources and people, RAAN is a doorway.
In addition, the cornerstone of the future RAAN website is a blog with articles from a variety of Reformed Christians–pastors, counselors, campus ministers, missionaries, accountants, teachers, bus drivers, and more. In the true spirit of developing theology “in community” there is no special class of Christian uniquely qualified to contribute on the network. While we will have regular contributors and guest contributors, any visitor to the site is welcome and encouraged to submit a post for review. If the writing is well-done, gracious, and contributes to the overall mission and vision of the network we’re open to posting it.
You will be able to visit the website to find current Reformed African American thought on issues like: race and ethnicity, urban culture, music, marriage, sexuality, vocation, literature, and more. Any topic is fair game as we attempt to bring the Gospel to bear on all segments of life from a Reformed African American perspective.