Dominique Gilliard is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores (IVP, Spring 2018) and the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy, Do Justice ministry initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), where he is an ordained minister. Dominique has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago and Oakland. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). The ECC named Dominique to its list of “40 Under 40” leaders to watch and the Huffington Post named him as one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”

In part one (#66), he joins me to discuss:

  • How the police killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston awakening him to the injustices of the mass incarceration system
  • The present day legacy of “Sundown towns” and lynching, the practice of “spectacle lynchings,” and the church’s silence in the face of lynching.
  • What the incarnation of Jesus means for the church politically
  • How the church can resist “empire”
  • How the church sometimes uses the language of neighbor to exclude.

In part two (#67), he joins me to discuss:

  • How the incarceration of Paul and Silas influenced him
  • How our incarceration system is predicated on dehumanization, isolation and exploitation
  • How penal substitution theology has led to our American punitive criminal justice models
  • Racial disparities and incarceration
  • How for-profit private prisons have increased incarceration
  • How the Bible advocates for restorative justice and what Christians can do


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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.