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“One Blood” Summer Reading Challenge

Summer 2021

Watch as Dr. Renwick interviews Dr. John Perkins, activist and author of One Blood.

Then join us in reading “One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love” by John M. Perkins.


Numerous books have been written on race in recent years, and especially in this past couple of years. In the Fall of 2020, your Session read and discussed one of these books over three online Session meetings, and found the discussion to be honest, refreshing and challenging – providing a solid base from which to ask how we as Christians and as a congregation can respond as God’s agents of reconciliation to the racism and racial tensions in our society. The book was One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love by John M. Perkins. The Session decided that this was a book we could recommend wholeheartedly to the whole congregation to help us grow in faith and grace together.


This summer, the Session is challenging you to join “The NPC Big Summer Reading Challenge.”


It’s easy to join!


1. Get your Book!

Buy One Blood by John M. Perkins from any source – paper or e-book OR click below to register to get a free copy from the church. Get your free book here!


2. Sign up!

If you already have the book, please click here to let us know you are joining the program. Let us know you’re participating!


3. Think about joining a Small Discussion Group this fall!

No pressure. No need to join… but if you want to follow up, this fall we will organize small groups for discussions around the region (if you are already in a small group, of course you may choose to make this your summer topic).


Why One Blood? …The Content!
Each chapter provides a Biblical challenge to grow in faith and action. The words that drive the book are words important to all of us:

  • God’s vision for human life.
  • Our lament, confession, forgiveness, commitment, dedication, prayer, love.
  • The one blood of humanity, given to us by God our Creator, and the shed blood of Jesus that brings us together as members of his family


Why John Perkins? …His long, hard, and remarkably productive and joyful life for Christ. Dr. Perkins is 91 years old. From Mississippi. He’s seen it all. You can read about his story, or click here to watch online.In his introduction he writes:

In some ways this short book is about everything I want the church to know before I leave this place. Some of what I need to say may be hard to hear. I understand that. Allow me the privilege as an elder statesman. And I hope you’ll understand that everything I say is because of a deep love for the church, the bride of Christ, and for every human being who is marked by his image.

We hope you’ll join the session on this new adventure and see where God leads us – together!

Summer 2021