“What is ‘The Black Church’?”(Video)
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 assumed nuances, the brothers define the black church as “a congregation of people converted and called out under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, observing the ordinances and the preaching of the gospel, who live in faith and on mission. Wherever we find that and it’s predominantly African-American (in this country, at least), we are talking about the black church.” Though sometimes the black church is narrowly defined by the historic black denominations, it can also humorously be defined as “the place where the preacher’s black, the music is gospel, the mothers are prayin’, and we stay all day.” C’mon upon the porch and let us know what you think in the comments’ section below.
A related post that may be of interest to you is Thabit’s article, “Why Focus on African-American Churches?”.
You can download and enjoy the audio for this interview from The Front Porch Podcast.