Black Church

Strengths We’ve Lost: Church Covenants

Do you remember your church’s covenant? Chances are you’ve seen it, either in the hymnals or maybe in a poster somewhere near the front of the church. You may even … Continue reading

Brothers, We Are Not CEO’s

John Piper released a book in 2002 entitled, Brothers we are not Professionals. The book was in response to an increasing trend of the professionalization of the pastorate that Pastor John … Continue reading

The Black Church at a Crossroads

Is the “black church” at a crossroads? Dr. Alton D. Pollard III, Dean and Professor of Ethics and Religion at Howard University School of Divinity, thinks it is.  In a … Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Emancipation

For years Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday. I’m like a lot of people who love the commercial-free nature of the celebration, the emphasis on family, the bounty and abundance … Continue reading

Has the Black Church Become Middle Class and Abandoned the Hip Hop Generation in the Cities?

Recently I read Ralph Basui Watkins’ Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and Rhyme. I hope to write a review of the book at some point; it’s certainly worth … Continue reading

Sunday Best

One of the more popular shows on BET (Black Entertainment Television) is the gospel music talent show Sunday Best. Hosted by gospel music legend Kirk Franklin, the show airs on … Continue reading

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.

Big God Theology: The Contributions and Challenges of African-American Theology

In this talk, Thabiti Anyabwile narrows the broad subject of African-American theology down to “Big God Theology” — a yearning that has existed in the African-American church historically for a … Continue reading

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

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