Black Church

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

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