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Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative

The Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative is an urban leadership development program/internship, which seeks to provide sound theological training, character development, and assessment of calling and gifting for urban, multi-ethnic leaders in the context of … Continue reading

Has the Black Church Become Middle Class and Abandoned the Hip Hop Generation in the Cities?

Recently I read Ralph Basui Watkins’ Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and Rhyme. I hope to write a review of the book at some point; it’s certainly worth … Continue reading

What I Love About the People in Prosperity Gospel Churches

I have no love for the so-called “prosperity gospel.” Not even a little bit. But I do love the many thousands and thousands of people who belong to churches that … Continue reading

Sunday Best

One of the more popular shows on BET (Black Entertainment Television) is the gospel music talent show Sunday Best. Hosted by gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, the show airs on … Continue reading

Illustrating Much That’s Wrong with the Church: Preachers of L.A. “Preach-off”

Discussion and debate about Oxygen’s new reality show, “Preachers of L.A.”, hasn’t quieted much since the network announced the show. Four or so episodes in and people are still talking … Continue reading

Reformed Theology Is on the Chopping Block!

It’s Reformation Day! The day we celebrate Martin Luther’s nailing the 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg, Germany and launching, by God’s grace, the Protestant Reformation. Who knew … Continue reading

The Greatest Miracle of the Reformation

What does a German monk nailing a long list of complaints on a church door have to do with an African-American ministering in a small, international Caribbean island? Luther’s world … Continue reading

Slopes Really Are Slippery, Folks

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article with the provocative title, “Detroit Baptist Leader Resigns After Announcing She Married a Woman.” Yep. You read that correctly. The female pastor has married another female.

Strengths We’ve Lost: Missions

Memory is a blessed aid to faith. Recalling the works of God’s salvation, providence, and goodness stir the anticipation of future grace and present power. It works that way in … Continue reading

Not by Sight, Not by Comfort: Encouragements for Those Integrating Churches

As an African-American male who’s grown up in a predominantly white church, I was struck by Lou’s article about his son, Curtis. Now, no neighborhood “welcoming committee” has ever called … Continue reading

The Gospel Wins Again

I just came back from an exciting weekend with our oldest son — Curtis, his wife, and their six children. Yes, you read it right; they have six children ranging … Continue reading

Strengths We’ve Lost: Church Discipline

Our present strengths are not guaranteed. Our greatest powers may be lost. To decay. To change. To misuse. It happens to professional athletes. I still can’t shake the image of … Continue reading

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