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Black Fire: One Hundred Years of African American PentecostalismBlack Fire: One Hundred Years of African American Pentecostalism
Estrelda Y. Alexander
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Estrelda Alexander was raised in an urban, black, working-class, oneness Pentecostal congregation in the 1950s and 1960s, but she knew little of her heritage and thought that all Christians worshiped and believed as she did. Much later she discovered that many Christians not only knew little of her heritage but considered it strange. Even today, most North Americans remain ignorant of black Pentecostalism.

Black Fire: One Hundred Years of African American Pentecostalism remedies lack of historical consciousness by recounting the story of African American Pentecostal origins and development. In this fascinating description she covers:

  • what Pentecostalism retained from African spirituality
  • the legacy of the nineteenth-century black Holiness movement
  • William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival
  • African American trinitarian and oneness Pentecostal denominations
  • the role of women in African American Pentecostalism
  • African American neo-Pentecostals and charismatic movements
  • black Pentecostals in majority-white denominations
  • theological challenges of black Pentecostalism in the twenty-first century

Whether you come from an African American Pentecostal background or you just want to learn more, this book will unfold all the dimensions of this important denomination's history and contribution to the life of the church.
     

 
The Journey and Promise of African American PreachingThe Journey and Promise of African American Preaching
Kenyatta Gilbert
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The African American church has long been celebrated as a locus for powerful, prophetic preaching, but at its best it has also embraced a strong pastoral and wisdom dimension as well, what Kenyatta Gilbert calls a "trivocal impulse. " Yet African American preaching today is more threatened than ever imagined and must now overcome its own apparent irrelevance in an increasingly pluralistic, postmodern age of intense spiritual and social crisis.
     

 
The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American PastorsThe Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors
Thabiti M. Anyabwile
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Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimki (1850-1937) provides a vision for engaging the world with the gospel. While they are from the African-American tradition, they, like all true saints, belong to all Christians of every background and era. Distinctive for its use of rare and out-of-print messages, Anaybwile's work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.
     

 
Telling the StoryTelling the Story
David Michel
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As a member of the Church of God, David Michael combines academic insight with evangelical passion. This book will inspire others to tell untold stories of the Pentecostal Movement - especially those of African decent in the United States, in the Caribbean, and in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
     

 
Free Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian HistoryFree Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian History
Mark Sidwell
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The Black American church leaders throughout history have resonated with faith, heroism and courage. In addition to the challenges that normally confront those who proclaim the Gospel, African American Christians have also faced slavery, discrimination, and generations of prejudice. Dauntless soldiers for the Lord, their deep love for Christ, their fellow believers and their passion for lost soul proclaims the way to salvation and the equality of all men and women in God's sight. 154 pages, softcover.
     

 

 
Fortress Introduction to Black Church HistoryFortress Introduction to Black Church History
Anne H. Pinn, Anthony B. Pinn
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This concise and accessible history, co-authored by a black minister and a black theologian, provides an overview of the shape and history of major black religious bodies: Methodist, Baptist, and Pentecostal. With photos, timelines, profiles, and additional readings, Pinn and Pinn ably explain the evolution of black Christianity church bodies and thier ongoing contributions to a more just American society. The Pinn's book will help a new generation of black Americans assess the religious legacy of the black churches and the larger society to gauge their social import.
     

 

 
The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Memoir of African-American FaithThe Substance of Things Hoped For: A Memoir of African-American Faith
Samuel D. Proctor
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Sam Proctor is a remarkable, wise, and beautiful spirit that has graced us with an overview of the history of African Americans in our country since the 1600s, an inspiring portrait of his own call to the ministry and his struggles and success, and a vision of how the substance of things hoped for can be achieved.
     

 
This Far By FaithThis Far By Faith
Juan Williams, Quinton Dixie
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A companion to the PBS series, This Far by Faith is the story of how religious faith inspired the greatest social movement in American history -- the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

Hailed upon publication as a beautiful, seminal book on the role of the church in the African American community as well as on the social history of America, This Far by Faith reveals the deep religious conviction that empowered a people viewed as powerless to blaze a path to freedom and deliverance, to stand and be counted in this one nation under God. Here are the stories of politics, tent revivals, and the importance of black churches as touchstones for every step of the faith journey that became the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Using archival and contemporary photography, historical research, and modern-day interviews, This Far by Faith features messages from some of today's foremost religious leaders.
     


 
Black Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities of the First YearsBlack Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities of the First Years
Henry H. Mitchell
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African American slaves (and freedmen) turned wholeheartedly to Christianity for their lifeblood's sustenance, but how this occurred has always been something of a mystery. In exhaustively reviewing all that's known about the period, Mitchell dispels a number of misconceptions. 184 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
     

 

 

 
Breaking Barriers: An African-American Family & the Methodist StoryBreaking Barriers: An African-American Family & the Methodist Story
Angella P. Current

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This is the life story of Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly, the first African American woman elected bishop in a mainline denomination. Told by her daughter, the story also recounts the history of a black family and its longtime passion for and involvement with the church. Like an intricately woven tapestry Breaking Barriers illustrates how historical church, societal and world events and milestones shaped and influenced the lives of countless individuals, families, and communities.
     

 
Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial  CultureFaith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture

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Scholars have long assumed that industrialization and the growth of modern cities signaled a decline of religious practice among urban dwellers--that urban commercial culture weakened traditional religious ties by luring the faithful away from their devotional practice. Spanning many disciples, the essays in the volume challenge this notion ofthe "secular city" and examine how members of metropolitan houses of worship invented fresh expressions of religiousity by incorporating consumer goods, popular entertainment, advertising techniques, and marketing into their spiritual lives. Faith in the Market explores phenomena from Salvation Army "slum angels" to the "race movies" of the mid-twentieth century, from Catholic teens' modest dress crusades to Black Muslim artistis. The contributors--integrating gender, performance, and material culture studies into their analyses--reveal the many ways in which religious groups actually embrace commercial culture to establish an urban presence. Although the city streets may have proved inhospitable to some forms of religion, many others, including evangelicalism, Catholicism, and Judaism, assumed rich and complex forms as they developed in vital urban centers.
     
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