A notable scholar and public theologian, K. Edwin Bryant manages the God-gap in culture as he mentors leaders of social justice movements. With his unique blend of contesting and compassionate listening, Bryant helps leaders create actionable solutions.
Unlike many advocates for racial justice, Bryant’s efficacy shines with both white and Black people. Such a presence helps to transport us all to the other side of race relations in this country.
Bryant’s upcoming sophomore book, chaRIOT, has an apt title, serving as a radical vehicle of change for the oppressed, wrapped in a cloak of compassion and faith. “A chariot is very recognizable mode of transportation from biblical times, often depicted in combat, and we should be very aware,” Bryant warns, “that we are in a war – a revolutionary war for the soul of this nation. To win it requires faith. That is the only thing that will produce revolutionary results.”
In his debut book, Paul and the Rise of the Slave: Death and Resurrection of the Oppressed in the Epistle to the Romans, Bryant speaks in what Dr. Larry L. Welborn of Fordham and Macquarie Universities discerns as an “original, refreshing, and urgent voice.” Bryant contributes distinctive insight to understanding the dynamic between the oppressed and the empowered oppressor through a process of “interpellation.” He assists in helping readers to determine what a person outside a dominant culture must access in order to achieve beyond that society’s expectations.
Full economic access is a key component to such achievements, involving the curation of conversations with both sacred and secular professionals, particularly in times of crisis. Bryant continues to contribute relevant and meaningful scholarship to help us all navigate multi-tumultuous times like these. More upcoming titles include: Paul and the Rise of Unusual Kindness: Reframing Koinonia through the Eyes of the Oppressed and The Bible of Business: For Sacred and Secular Leaders.
Currently Dr. Bryant is the Senior Pastor of Dayton, Ohio’s Mount Pisgah Baptist Church – along with being the Chief Operating Officer + Business Development Strategist for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, and adjunct professor of New Testament & Early Christianity. He holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History: New Testament and Early Christianity (Macquarie University, Sydney, AU), one of the few scholars in the world to integrate and employ structural Marxism, Life of Aesop, and the comic-philosophical tradition (grotesque perspective) to interpret Paul’s description of himself as a slave to Jesus (as Messiah).
Absolutely one of the most uniquely keen and insightful voices of today, able to foretell our needs with compelling and workable solutions, Bryant establishes a civic footprint toward sustainable change. Every social commentator is talking about the current racial unrest, it foundation in implicit bias, and the need to dismantle it. He is the only one who goes beyond discussion with the knowledge of actually doing it, and can lead others in the dismantling. Fueled by his cultural consciousness and pursuit of justice, K. Edwin Bryant is the scholarly storyteller every talk show needs at its table. We all will do well to join him in his good work of confronting the complex and nuanced fallout from the collapsed race relations in America exacerbated by a president striving to be sovereign – as we make our way to building a nation where all are truly free.