Black Church

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.

Meet the Brothers: Thabiti & John Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa, teaching pastor at Blue Print Church in Atlanta, comes up on The Front Porch to discuss life, ministry, and church-planting with Thabiti Anyabwile. C’mon up on The Front Porch, pull up a chair, and join the conversation.

The Coming Reformation of Black Churches

Thabiti Anyabwile is predicting a revival among black churches in the U.S., and seven sights give him confidence to do so. Is he right? C’mon up on The Front Porch and let us know what you think!

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Not the Greatest, Not Champion, Just Servant

Tony Carter reminds us of the temptation that constantly bests pastors: to try and pastor the world. Do you see that temptation in pastors? In yourself? C’mon up on The Front Porch and join the conversation.

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 … Continue reading

What Stephen A. Smith Missed About Domestic Violence

Stephen A. Smith’s recent comments about domestic violence caused an uproar in the media. Thabiti Anyabwile comes up on The Front Porch to make a call for men to repent and protect their sisters who have given them so much. Is domestic violence a “men’s issue”? C’mon up on the porch and let us know what you think.

Elements of Styles in Black Preaching

Over the past couple months, I’ve had the privilege to talk with a couple of seminarians concentrating on preaching. In both cases, they’ve wanted to talk about the distinctives of … Continue reading