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 Black Church History

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.

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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.
     

 

 Black Theology

Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in AmericaLiberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America
Anthony B. Bradley
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When the beliefs of Barack Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, assumed the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign, the influence of black liberation theology became hotly debated not just within theological circles but across cultural lines.

How many of today's African-American congregations-and how many Americans in general-have been shaped by its view of blacks as perpetual victims of white oppression?In Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America an interdisciplinary, biblical critique of the black experience in America, Anthony Bradley introduces audiences to black liberation theology and its spiritual and social impact.

He starts with James Cone's proposition that the "victim" mind-set is inherent within black consciousness. Bradley then explores how such biblical misinterpretation has historically hindered black churches in addressing the diverse issues of their communities and prevented adherents from experiencing the freedoms of the gospel. Yet Liberating Black Theology does more than consider the ramifications of this belief system; it suggests an alternate approach to the black experience that can truly liberate all Christ's followers.
     

 
Living Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black TheologyLiving Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black Theology

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With contributions from notable scholars such as James Cone, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Emilie Townes, D. Stephen Long, and Dwight Hopkins, this intriguing volume invites sustained reflection on the legacy and future of black theology. Given the new ecclesial, social, global, and interreligious contexts shaping and challenging black theology, the contributors respond with their own insights and visions into how black theology relates to black and white churches as well as to various ecumenical, ecological, and existential concerns. This important collection of essays functions as both a tribute and a challenge to black theology as it opens new vistas for African Americans persevering in faith.

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 Black Worship

Zion Still Sings! Pew EditionZion Still Sings! Pew Edition
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Following up its vaunted predecessor, Songs of Zion, this makes a marvelous up-to-date resource for the African American church or anybody who wants to take advantage of this rich musical heritage. The 220 songs include spirituals, black gospel, rap, hip-hop, traditional, and contemporary hymns. 239 pages, softcover. Abingdon.
     

 
Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black ChurchJoy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Barbara A. Holmes

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Holmes's research--through oral histories, church records, and written accounts--details not only ways in which contemplative experience is built into African American collective worship but also the legacy of African monasticism, a history of spiritual exemplars, and unique meditative worship practices.

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 Black Sermons

Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their SermonsPower in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons
Cleophus J. LaRue
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Scholar and preacher Cleophus J. LaRue brings together the voices of twelve of America's most influential African-American preachers. Each of these renowned preachers describes his or her method of sermon preparation and includes a sample sermon for illustration. An excellent how-to-manual for pastors and students, this book is both sage wisdom on the art of preaching and an inspiring look at some of the most prominent figures in the black church.
     

 
Black United Methodists Preach!Black United Methodists Preach!
Gennifer Brooks

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Ending Racism in the ChurchEnding Racism in the Church
Susan Davies
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"From the Publisher:" Presents case studies of churches or community agencies working to end racism, and includes discussions from diverse scholars and practioners who describe the subtle ways in which racism undermines the gospel's thrust.

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 Practical Guidance for Black Leadership

African American Church Management HandbookAfrican American Church Management Handbook
Floyd H. Flake, Elaine McCollins Flake, Edwin C. Reed
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This resource covers virtually every aspect of church administration. It is for for black churches of any denomination and any size, and is designed to provide guidance for new or established pastors. A simple constitution, budget, and mission statement are included. The book addresses: Characteristics of African American Churches, daily operations, worship planning, leadership styles, managing people, managing money, legal issues, and community and economic developement.
     

 
Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby ConversationKeep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation
Anthony B. Bradley(Ed.)
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Continuing the renowned "Cosby Conversation" first started in 2007 by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Anthony Bradley has assembled a team of pastors, scholars, and leaders to address specific issues within the black community.

Covering topics such as the black family, hip-hop, masculinity, and the prosperity gospel, this book will open your eyes to the serious challenges facing the black church today. It will leave you with hope, however, as each contributor brings the conversation back to the Bible and the gospel as the only source of true, enduring change.

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 Understanding the Black Church Experience

Rise Up: A Call to Leadership for African American WomenRise Up: A Call to Leadership for African American Women
Sylvia Rose
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God calls all of us to serve with our gifts. As we follow God into leadership, we will need new skills. Drawing on her own rich experience as well as the experience of others, Sylvia Rose shows us the way through some of the challenges, such as:

  • Facing Crisis
  • Acting with Courage
  • Listening to Your Conscience
  • Maintaining Your Commitment
  • And Developing Compassion

Are you ready to follow God even into leadership? It will be the greatest challenge and the most thrilling opportunity of your life.
     


 
On Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African-American Christian ExperienceOn Being Black and Reformed: A New Perspective on the African-American Christian Experience
Anthony J. Carter
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How can an African-American consciousness and Reformed theology benefit each other? Where was God in the Atlantic Slave Trade? How does Christianity triumph among people historically oppressed in part by the church itself?

Positive, informed responces to such questions, thereby enriching our understanding and furthering racial reconciliation. Softcover, 153 pages. P&R Publishing.

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