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The Fight for Black Men

Last week we dedicated our discussion at The Front Porch to biblical manhood. Tony and Phil kicked us off with a podcast on the topic defining manhood in terms of … Continue reading

A Pastoral Concern Regarding Black Manhood Discussions

I’m grateful for the zealous effort to recover biblical manhood in the African-American and wider context. We’ve needed such a movement for a long time. I pray the efforts of … Continue reading

Every Man an Elder: How One Church Seeks to Encourage Male Leadership

“Every man an elder!” is a phrase we like to challenge the men with at East Point Church. It really is no more than what the Bible challenges them with. … Continue reading

Defining Manhood and the Work of the African-American Church

The greatest challenge facing men today is defining manhood itself. I don’t think that’s hyperbole. I think it’s true — mainly because confusion on the concept gives rise to the … Continue reading

“Why Focus on African-American Churches?”

When Tony, Lou and Thabiti began The Front Porch, they knew they would be asked this question: “Are you being exclusionary or unwelcoming to persons of other ethnic backgrounds?” Here is Thabiti’s answer.

“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

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

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

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

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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