Black Church

Meet the Brothers: Keith Plummer & Thabiti Anyabwile

We had Keith Plummer, assistant professor in the school of Divinity at Cairn University, right outside of Philly, come up on the porch. Join him and Thabiti Anyabwile as they discuss nominal Christianity in the church and in Christian schools.

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Thank You from The Front Porch!

The Front Porch still has some miles to go, but we wanted to shout a loud thank you for joining us on the journey thus far. Know that you’re always welcome to c’mon up and join the conversation. Here’s to the next year!

What is a Shepherd?

Episode (#002) | Can it really be true that Christians need more than their local church? And if they do, what is the thing they’re missing: a preacher? a pastor? Are those the same thing? C’mon up and join the conversation. (Photograph by Afghanistan Matters via Flickr Creative Commons)

Meet the Brothers: Vermon Pierre & Tony Carter

We had Vermon Pierre, lead pastor of Roosevelt Community Church in downtown Phoenix, AZ, come up on the porch. Tony Carter chops it up with Vermon to talk life, ministry and adoption.

An Unexpected Link to the Reformation

Sometimes people act as if Reformed theology is foreign to the black church. They ask, “Why do you think churches have not embraced it?” But that’s the wrong question. The real question is, “Why have our churches forgotten it?” For, in truth, this is part of our heritage.

Working Together For Your Joy

Episode (#001) | Pastor & People is a weekly podcast hosted by The Front Porch. Its aim is to encourage pastors and the people in their charge to work together for the faith and joy of their church. (Photograph by United Way of Greater St. Louis via Flickr Creative Commons)

We Need More Gospel in Our Gospel Preaching

Should pastors preach the gospel every time they step into the pulpit? Do people, who aren’t Christians, have enough clear gospel proclamation to understand and respond to the gospel? C’mon up and join the conversation.

Reading: A Reformation Legacy Once Denied Blacks

Tony shares why black Christians, “with our history marred by the denial of educational opportunities,” should embrace, as well as any, the legacy of reading left to us by the Reformation. C’mon up on and join the conversation!

The Black Church’s Exodus: A Good Thing?

Are “black millennials” leaving the church? Tony Carter weighs in with three notions why this might be.

Those Old People and that Old Church Kept Me Married

Louis Love discusses that though many of her members have come through many dangers, toils, and snares and have faced many obstacles aimed directly against their marriages, she — the Black church — by God’s grace, has turned out many solid, healthy and long marriages.

From Grandma to Pastors: The State of the Black Church

What is the state of the traditional black church today? Is it healthy, in good shape, or bad shape? Is prosperity theology historically a norm of black churches? Louis Love gathers pastors Keelan Atkinson, Bobby Scott, and Kevin Smith to chop it up on this weighty topic. C’mon up, pull up a chair, and join the conversation (Photograph by Shavar Ross via Flickr Creative Commons).

Meet the Brothers: Eric Mason & Louis Love

Louis Love & Eric Mason meet up on The Front Porch to talk ministry and life — from the “lashings” that Eric received as a child to the expectations for Biblical Manhood. C’mon up on The Front Porch, pull up a chair, and join the conversation.