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“Black Millennials” and the Black Church

Most people credit historians and social scientists William Straus and Neil Howe with coining the term “millennials,” a synonym for “Generation Y,” which is usually defined as that generation of … Continue reading

“Twelve Years A Slave” Book Review

I am currently reading Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. The book, which is set to release as a feature film next month, is powerful. It’s an autobiographical account of how Solomon Northup, … Continue reading

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Who Are the Real Preachers of L.A.?

With the announcement of Oxygen’s new Fall show, “Preachers of L.A.”, the internet erupted with the expected controversy over the show. “Preachers of L.A.” features five mega-church pastors who grant … Continue reading

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The Bishop and the Filmmaker: What T.D. Jakes and Tyler Perry Teach Us about the Black Church, Black Elites, and Authentic Spirituality

Recently an internet brouhaha erupted when film maker Tyler Perry, attending Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest Convention in Dallas, Texas, made a $1 million contribution to a proposed youth center. During … Continue reading

God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit

“We believe in God…” That’s how the Apostles’ Creed begins. For a long time it has served as a unifying or ecumenical statement of faith for churches around the world. … Continue reading

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How’s The Family Doin’?

Have you been asked this question recently? I have. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question or how often I’ve heard it in passing. People … Continue reading

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Yes, That’s the Book for Me!

That’s a line from a chorus I learned over 35 years ago in Vacation Bible School. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it. It’s part of a little … Continue reading

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What’s Really Real about the new Reality TV Show “Preachers of L.A.”

Recently Oprah Winfrey’s television network, Oxygen, released a promotional video for a new reality TV series called, “Preachers of L.A.” The new program will follow six L.A.-area preachers: Bishops Noel … Continue reading

What Responsibility Does the Black Church Have Now for Preserving Black Culture

Pick up any text on the history of the Black Church, or listen to any speaker with an appreciation for the history of African America, and quite likely you will … Continue reading

Family Reunion

Most folks are aware that July is smack dab in the middle of family reunion season. It’s the hot month (no pun intended) for my family’s reunions. This past July … Continue reading

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