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The Greatest Miracle of the Reformation

What does a German monk nailing a long list of complaints on a church door have to do with an African-American ministering in a small, international Caribbean island? Luther’s world … Continue reading

Slopes Really Are Slippery, Folks

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article with the provocative title, “Detroit Baptist Leader Resigns After Announcing She Married a Woman.” Yep. You read that correctly. The female pastor has married another female.

Strengths We’ve Lost: Missions

Memory is a blessed aid to faith. Recalling the works of God’s salvation, providence, and goodness stir the anticipation of future grace and present power. It works that way in … Continue reading

Not by Sight, Not by Comfort: Encouragements for Those Integrating Churches

As an African-American male who’s grown up in a predominantly white church, I was struck by Lou’s article about his son, Curtis. Now, no neighborhood “welcoming committee” has ever called … Continue reading

The Gospel Wins Again

I just came back from an exciting weekend with our oldest son — Curtis, his wife, and their six children. Yes, you read it right; they have six children ranging … Continue reading

Strengths We’ve Lost: Church Discipline

Our present strengths are not guaranteed. Our greatest powers may be lost. To decay. To change. To misuse. It happens to professional athletes. I still can’t shake the image of … Continue reading

The Need for Theological Preaching

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in church.  My mother was the church clerk. My grandmother served on The Mother’s Board. My aunt was Head of the Nurse’s … Continue reading

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.

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