Black Church

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

What is The Front Porch?

The Front Porch is a place for conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches and beyond. Hear Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter chop it up and talk about what that means.

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 Importance and Necessity of the Church

Tony Carter & Philip Duncanson chop it up on The Front Porch, discussing why the Church is not only important but needed, and why the current generation may not think … 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

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

Embracing a New Tradition

Louis Love explains how Reformed theology helps him, as a pastor, focus more on content than superficial entertainment for his congregation.