Black Church

Pinch Hitter

“According to the Washington Times, 15 million children in the U.S. are being raised without fathers this year.” This is a breathtaking statistic. It almost causes one to read by it quickly so as not to feel its chilling effect or consider its far reaching implications…

Why Black Women Should Remain in the Church

Professional journalist Joshunda Sanders offers an interesting take on Black women and the Black church in her On Faith post, “The Church Needs Black Women. Do Black Women Need the … Continue reading

“You Missed Your Place To Shout, Right There!”

Many of us have heard this phrase feature over the course of a sermon. As a matter of fact, let’s be honest – about all of us have heard this … Continue reading

What Makes a Good Lay Elder & Asst. Pastor?

What do lay elders do? How do staff elders work with and encourage lay elders? What are some unique temptations lay elders may face that a staff elder may not? … Continue reading

Less Celebrity, More Community

Atlanta, like most cities, is plastered with billboards. Among those most prominent are ones promoting such Atlanta-based iconic brands as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and Chick-Fil-A.  Amidst these familiar corporate brands, … Continue reading

“What is ‘The Black Church’?”

Louis Love, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tony Carter sit and chop it on The Front Porch, this time with a focus on defining “the black church.” Sifting through many common or … Continue reading

“Where’s the Altar Call?”

“With heads bowed and eyes closed; no one looking around.” “Just step out into the aisle. Don’t think about the people around you. Come forward and give your life to … Continue reading

Helping Them Out: Thinking About Loved Ones Still in Places of Error

One of the most difficult realities in coming to the truth is the thought of leaving someone behind in error. This becomes extremely difficult when that someone is very close … Continue reading

The Man Who Saved America

Today we celebrate the birthday of a man who saved America: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was an undergraduate student the first time I heard Na’im Akbar say, “Dr. … Continue reading

Book Review: The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety and Public Witness

I love it when Amazon recommends something that actually interests me. It doesn’t happen often. But every once in a while the online merchandising giant flashes something before me that … Continue reading

The Orientation Problem of the Black Church

The Black Church has an orientation problem. No, not that orientation problem. It’s the problem of defining itself and its theology in relationship to “white Christianity.” The problem has been … Continue reading

Would You Tear Down Your Mama’s Idols?

Conversations about reform in the Black Church often hit the roadblock of church tradition. Someone begins the conversation by pointing out a weakness or a need in the church. But … Continue reading