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RAAN Anniversary Video

October 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN).  RAAN exists to fuel modern reformation in the African American community and our multi-ethnic nation beyond.  So it is fitting that we would release this video on October 31, Reformation Day.

This video–featuring Co-Founders Phillip Holmes and Jemar Tisby–is first and foremost a way to say, “Thank you.”  What began as a hope for impact and a step of faith has, in one year’s time, become a multi-ethnic community of over 2,000 on Facebook and over 600 on Twitter.  We thank God for stirring interest in so many people, and we want to personally express our gratitude in this message.

This message also serves as an introduction to RAAN’s vision.  We desire to see the African American community transformed by the truths of Scripture as understood through the lens of Reformed theology.  To that end we link our guests to biblically faithful resources produced by other Reformed individuals and organizations.

Additionally, we link Reformed African Americans to each other.  Reformed Blacks can sometimes feel isolated due to the combination of their theological convictions and their race.   RAAN seeks to to develop a network among such individuals for mutual support and encouragement.

Finally, we understand that the African American community can benefit from Reformed theology as it stands, but the Reformed tradition has much to learn from the Black community as well.  We aim to shape the contours of Reformed theology by inviting Reformed Christians–black and white, men and women–to write articles that will spark respectful dialogue regarding theology, culture, and a variety of other topics.  RAAN has a multi-ethnic vision and we invite people of any race to contribute to and learn from these discussions.

So watch the video and enjoy.  Explore our website to find out more.   “Like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter to stay current with news in the Reformed African American community and discover more resources.

Please join us in praying for another year of God’s continued grace and blessings through RAAN.  Thank you.

Phillip Holmes & Jemar Tisby, RAAN Co-Founders

Comments (10)
  1. Jaiart says:

    Great site, just one little suggestion. If you could add a resource page where reform church’s are listed etc. in certain areas they are hard to find and not all seem to advertise so they’re double difficult to find.

    1. Thanks brother for the suggestion! We’re working on a directory. Keep the suggestions coming. Grace and Peace!

  2. You have Reformed brethren in Kenya. Do a Faith College of the Bible search in Facebook to see their site.

  3. Nathan Eldridge says:

    I am so excited to see how your efforts have grown over the last year. May the Lord continue to give you vision and wisdom, open doors for ministry and unite brothers and sisters in Christ through your efforts.

  4. Carl F. Ellis says:

    Beautiful!!! RAAN is an answer to many years of prayer. I believe that when 21th Century church history is written, RAAN will be seen as making a significant contribution. God bless.

  5. Eddie Jones says:

    I am so grateful to God for you brothers and your vision! I pray continued success, and growth in all areas for the Glory of God! Thank you so much for being bold enough, godly enough, and vision-minded enough to do this. I can’t tell you how much your articles have helped me to learn, educate, and be inspired and encouraged in my faith! Be encouraged, keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing what God is going to do with this ministry. Love ya’ll, peace. {HEBREWS 11:6} SELAH.

  6. cghearn says:

    Just found out about the site through John Piper. I can’t wait to see RAAN grow. 🙂

  7. Brian Gault says:

    Y’all rock! I can’t wait to see where we are next year this time! May the Lord richly bless this kingdom endeavor.

  8. Mathew Sims says:

    Keep up the good work. Love what you guys are doing here.

  9. Brandon Allen says:

    Thank you both for what you doing!!!

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