The Front Porch

The Front Porch is a place for conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches and beyond. Join the conversation on Twitter: @TalkOnThePorch

“Doctrine That Dances” Book Review


Tony, Lou, and Thabiti discuss “Doctrine That Dances,” which Preaching Magazine hailed as the book of the year in 2008.

What is Expositional Preaching?


Why is saying, “Joseph had a dream, so follow your dreams!” NOT Expositional Preaching? What is “Expositional Preaching?” It seems to be kind of like heaven — lots of folks […]

Sisters & Bible Study


Sisters Kristie Anyabwile and Jamie Love are up on the front porch, choppin’ it up about how to encourage other sisters in God’s Word and how to study it. Looking […]

Brothers in the Local Church: Serving or Throwing Stones?


In this interview, Thabiti Anyabwile chops it up with Dr. Eric Redmond, executive pastoral assistant and bible scholar in residence at New Canaan Baptist Church in Washington D.C. The brothers […]

CEOs, Preachers, and Shepherds: What’s the Difference?


“Shepherding” is a term that isn’t all too common in many pastoral circles, especially in traditional black churches. What does it mean to guide, protect, feed, and guard the sheep, […]

Deacon Run Churches: Are They Biblical?


Louis Love, Tony Carter, and Thabiti Anyabwile come up on The Front Porch to chop it up about elders and deacons — the two offices the Bible prescribes. The brothers […]

Called to Preach


How do you know if you’re being called to the ministry? Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter come up on the porch to discuss what a “calling” to ministry […]

The Gospel and its Counterfeits


What is the gospel? What are some of its counterfeits? What are Christians to think of the “Liberation Gospel?” “the Social Gospel?” Usually, “if you have to put an adjective […]

What’s Appropriate When Preaching?


Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter come up on the porch to talk about the lines pastors shouldn’t cross, as mandated by Scripture and suggested by wisdom, in their […]

Sermon Preparation


Thabiti Anyabwile, Louis Love, and Tony Carter return to one of their favorite front porches to discuss how they prepare to divide the Word for their congregations. How many hours do these brothers put in? What days are devoted to sermon prep? C’mon up on the porch and join in the conversation.

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