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  • Were You There

    $17.00

    Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.

    In these devotions for the season of Lent, Luke A. Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ’s atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual’s meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer.

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  • Sojourners Truth : Choosing Freedom And Courage In A Divided World

    $18.00

    Preface

    Part I: Formation
    1. Pain: Truth Is, Your Identity Can Get You Into Hot Water
    2. Grace: Truth Is, Women Are The Unsung Heroes In This World
    3. Community: Truth Is, There Is No Place Like Home
    4. Purpose: Truth Is, Winners Don’t Quit On Themselves

    Part II: History
    5. Consciousness: Truth Is, It’s Time To Wake Up
    6. Deliverance: Truth Is, Freedom Comes To Those Who Demand It
    7. Trust: Truth Is, We Have A Money Problem

    Part III: Wilderness
    8. Anger: Truth Is, There’s Something That Can Kill You
    9. Death: Truth Is, Remembering Can Bring Us Together
    10. Humility: Truth Is, There Is Hope Worth Holding On To
    11. War: Truth Is, We Must Prepare To Fight

    Part IV: Redemption
    12. Live: Truth Is, We Can Find A Way Out Of The Wilderness
    13. Build: Truth Is, You Need The Right People And The Right Perspective
    14. Heal: Truth Is, Love Will Lead Us Home
    15. Light: Truth Is, Beauty Can Come From Ashes
    16. Home: Truth Is, We Need Courage To Live Redeemed
    Notes

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    In A Sojourner’s Truth we are drawn into the journey of a young African American girl from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy and then into a calling as a speaker, mentor, writer, and teacher.

    Intertwined with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson’s story is the story of Moses, a leader who was born into a marginalized people group, resisted injustices of Pharaoh, denied the power of Egypt, and trusted God even when he did not fully understand or know where he was going. Along the way we courageously explore the spiritual and physical tensions of truth-telling, character and leadership development, and bridge building across racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender lines.

    You are invited to bring along your story as well-to discover your own identity, explore your truth-revealing moments, live unafraid, and gain a deeper sense of purpose.

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  • Exodus Preaching : Crafting Sermons About Justice And Hope

    $23.99

    Exodus Preaching is the first of its kind. It is an exploration of the African American prophetic rhetorical traditions in a manner that makes features of these traditions relevant to a broad audience beyond the African American traditions. It provides readers a composite picture of the nature, meaning, and relevance of prophetic preaching as spoken Word of justice and hope in a society of growing pluralism and the world-shaping phenomenon of racial, economic and cultural diversity. African American preachers have distinctively invested great symbolic significance in the Exodus story, the messianic witness of Jesus, and the prophetic literature for developing and shaping prophetic sermons. Kenyatta Gilbert demonstrates how four distinctive features of discourse can shape sermon preparation, for effective preaching in a period of intense social change, racial unrest, and violence. Gilbert includes dozens of practical suggestions and five practical exercises to equip the reader for preaching in new ways and in new environments. He offers an holistic approach, fully equipping the reader with the theological and practical resources needed to preach prophetically.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness

    $48.00

    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Voices In The Wilderness

    $28.00

    FINALLY, a scholarly description of the development of Black preaching in the United States that is accessible to the average reader, but also contributes to the academic conversation about both style and theological content. Written from the perspective of a seasoned practitioner and tenured practical theologian, Thomas surveys Black preaching as it has responded to various social and historical time periods. Starting with the brutality of chattel slavery, early formations in segregated Southern life, rapid migration to and urbanization in Northern cities, and various events throughout the post-civil rights era, the book gives convincing details and examples of how the Black preacher helped to guide and sustain the masses of African American people through the wilderness of social change. At the heart of the book, three prime examples are presented as models of the real “”genius”” of Black preaching. The reader will never again think about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson in the same way. A special chapter is devoted to the contributions of Black women preachers along with a closing chapter that makes new proposals for the future. The book is a provocative and critical analysis of why Black preaching still matters.

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  • Insights From African American Interpretation

    $29.00

    Series Foreword

    1. Introducing African American Interpretation
    2. Twentieth-Century Foundations
    3. African American Biblical Interpretation In The Early Twenty-First Century
    4. Slavery, Torture, Systemic Oppression, And Kingdom Rhetoric: An African American Reading Of Matthew 25:1-13
    5. Dis-membering, Sexual Violence, And Confinement: A Womanist Intersectional Reading Of The Story Of The Levite’s Wife (Judges 19)

    Bibliography
    Index

    Additional Info
    Each volume in the Insights series discusses discoveries and insights gained into biblical texts from a particular approach or perspective in current scholarship. Accessible and appealing to today’s students, each Insight volume discusses how this method, approach, or strategy was first developed and how its application has changed over time; what current questions arise from its use; what enduring insights it has produced; and what questions remain for future scholarship.

    Mitzi J. Smith describes the distinctive African American experience of Scripture, from slavery to Black Liberation Theology and beyond, and the unique angles of perception that an intentional African American interpretation brings to the text for a contemporary generation of scholars. Smith shows how questions of race, ethnicity, and the dynamics of “othering” have been developed in African American biblical scholarship, resulting in new reading of particular texts. Further, Smith describes challenges that scholarship raises for the future of biblical interpretation generally.

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  • Purple Pennies

    $15.99

    Sometimes, things are not what they seem, and the things that we carve the most are not always what we need. This story is centered around the life of a young lady named Trish who from the looks of things has it all: a great job, an ideal marriage, nice house, and other luxuries of life. But it’s not until she fights her way to the top that she actually realizes how lonely being at the top can be.

    As life would have it, it’s through a weird twists of events that she gets the chance to see her marriage, her career, and her life for what it really is, a sham of happiness coated with a tint of perfection.

    In just 48 hours, she gets the opportunity to have a second chance at life, happiness, and love.

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  • Introduction To African American Preaching

    $38.99

    This book by Frank A. Thomas serves as an introduction and primer on African American preaching. He sets out to answer six questions: 1) What is the historical study and scholarly treatment of black preaching? The formal study of black preaching matured in the 1990s from Abingdon Press, through the books Black Preaching by Henry Mitchell (Interdenominational Theological Center) and The Hum by Evans Crawford (Howard University). The initial chapter traces how and why black preaching evolved. 2) What is black preaching? What makes black preaching distinctive? What are the substantive methodologies and content of black preaching? Does black preaching include the preaching of the African Diaspora or is it limited to American shores? How does black preaching correlate with the preaching methodologies of other communities, i.e. Euro-American, Latino/Latina, Korean, etc. 3) What are the benchmarks of excellence in black preaching? In every preaching tradition, models and styles or examples emerge based on community recognition and acclaim within the cultural preaching tradition. These models are built on criteria that point to “excellence” in oral practice. The goal in the classroom is to surface conscious and unconscious codes of excellence, which the student can then adapt in a particular congregation. 4) What methods are practiced in African American preaching? Three methods are explored from “folk” and “educated” preaching. Methods of “old-time Negro Preaching,” are compared to the Hegelian method of Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the celebrative preaching method of Henry H. Mitchell, Frank A. Thomas, and Luke Powery. 5) What are the future trends in black preaching? What cultural and media forces are changing black preaching? 6) What are the best bibliographic resources in African American preaching?

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  • Reflect Reclaim Rejoice Study Guide

    $7.99

    This small-group study serves as a companion resource for the 2015 Emmy-winning DVD, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. Four centuries ago, Blacks enslaved in America created a music form that gave solace even during the most inhumane conditions. Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music traces the music’s history and invites readers to see and experience the ways it is being kept alive.

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  • Forward Together : A Moral Message For The Nation

    $19.99

    14 Chapters

    Additional Info
    In 2013, after seven years of grassroots organizing, “Moral Mondays” grabbed the nation’s attention as thousands protested North Carolina’s General Assembly in Raleigh in support of the poor, voting rights, health care, immigrant rights, and other issues. Over 13 consecutive weeks, the protests against legislative extremism resulted in the arrests of nearly 1,000 people, making it one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in U.S. history. As thousands more gathered in support each Monday, Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, became widely recognized as the leader of a new civil rights movement in the South. More than 100 “Forward Together-Moral Monday” connected events have since taken place, and the spirit of the movement has spread to Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and New York.

    This reflection on the movement’s beginnings introduces Barber, the sources of his courage from both a biblical imagination for justice and a deep connection to “fusion” civil rights history, and the inspiring story of the Southern freedom movement’s revival. Barber invites readers into a big-tent, faith-based movement for justice that has room for black, white, and brown, gay and straight, rich and poor, old and young, Republicans and Democrats, people from all walks of life. Offering his unique analysis of what he has called the “Third Reconstruction,” Barber locates North Carolina’s struggle in the spiritual and political landscape of 21st-century America. With civil rights and social justice battles with a deep moral narrative, particularly in southern statehouses that then move to federal courts on appeal, what happens in North Carolina can shift the center of gravity in political discourse, debate, and decision-and thereby change the nation.

    “Messages of moral dissent are designed not to just be spoken and heard but to shape the prophetic consciousness of a movement and of society,” says Barber. “The prophetic voice rises when government systems and sometimes even religious systems have abdicated their responsibility to the least of these. When the forces of extremism have become so overwhelming and have depressed the hope of the people, the prophetic voice and mission is to connect words and actions in ways that build restorative hope so that there can be a movement for restorative justice. So this book is an attempt to capture the practice of ‘preaching’ in the public square, which is where pr

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  • Liberating Black Church History

    $20.99

    “No serious scholar in biblical studies today can introduce students to his or her field without taking into account the contributions of African American scholarship. The long traditions of biblical interpretation in the black church, and the innovative research and writing performed by African-American scholars in recent years are now essential components of a critical study of the Bible.

    Yet up to now, knowing how best to introduce the fruits of African American biblical scholarship to students, particularly those in the survey class, has been difficult. Good resources exist, yet too often they were not written with the needs of introductory students in mind. This book meets that need by providing an overview of the most important developments in African American approaches to biblical scholarship. Written with the needs of beginning students in mind, it will offer insight into the particular ways that African American scholarship has shaped the world of biblical study.”

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  • If God Be For Us

    $12.49

    The Black Church will survive because it is all about faith and family. The Black Church is not simply a crowd of people that gather in a centralized location on Sunday mornings. For many, the Black Church is viewed as an extension of one’s immediate family. This extension of family is what gives the congregation a sense of community. I’m the grandson of a pastor. I grew up in the pews of the Baptist church. As a result, I have many mothers and aunts and uncles who are not blood relatives. But then again, they are blood relatives. They are my mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, uncle and aunt in the Lord. As our churches grow in number, we must also grow in ministry. The only way to do that is to grow in relationship one with the other.

    The Black Church is a village. In the most traditional use of the word, villages are small groups of families who are situated together for sociability and defense. In the village, people look out for one another. In the village, there are many mothers and fathers. The village concept is such that the success of the individual is directly connected to the success of the group. Many Black Churches function as little villages. We help each other. We support each other. There is a sense of safety that the Black Church provides to Black communities. While all Black people do not attend Black Churches, the majority of Black families appreciate the proximity of this institution within its village. It is all about faith and family. The Black Church, the black family, will survive if God be for us.

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  • Birmingham Revolution : Martin Luther King Jrs Epic Challenge To The Church

    $16.00

    From time to time prophetic Christian voices rise to challenge our nations “original sin.” In the twentieth century, compelled by the Spirit of God and a yearning for freedom, the African American church took the lead in heralding the effort. Like almost no other movement before or since, Christian people gave force to a social mission. And, remarkably, they did it largely through nonviolent actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s words and historic efforts as the Moses of this civil rights movement stand out as perhaps the most significant instance of a modern Christian leader acting in a prophetic role to instigate political change. In many ways “The Letter from Birmingham Jail” stands at the center of that movement. In this book African American journalist Edward Gilbreath explores the place of that letter in the life and work of Dr. King. Birmingham Revolution is not simply a work of historical reflection. Gilbreath encourages us to reflect on the relevance of King’s work for the church and culture of our day. Whether its in debates about immigration, economic redistribution or presidential birth certificates, race continues to play a role in shaping society. What part will the church play in the ongoing struggle?

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  • Israels Poetry Of Resistance

    $32.00

    Noting that Israel’s earliest responses to earth-shaking changes were cast in the powerfully expressive language of poetry, Hugh R. Page Jr. argues that the careful collection and preservation of these traditions-now found in every part of the Hebrew Bible-was an act of resistance, a communal no to the forces of despair and a yes to the creative power of the Spirit.
    Further, Page argues, the power of these poems to craft and shape a future for a people who had suffered acute displacement and marginalization offers a rich spiritual repertoire for Africana peoples today, and for all who find themselves perennially outside the social or political mainstream. Here Page offers fresh translations and brief commentary on the Bible’s fifteen earliest poems, and explores the power and relevance of these poems, and the ancient mythic themes behind them, for contemporary life at the margins.

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  • Postcolonializing God : An African Practical Theology

    $40.00

    Postcolonializing God examines how African Christianity especially as a practical spirituality can be truly a postcolonial reality. The book offers thoughts as to how African Christians and by that token others who were colonial subjects, may practice a spirituality that bears the hallmarks of their authentic cultural heritage, even if that makes them distinctly different from Christians from the colonizing nations.

    There are themes in both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Scriptures in which God’s activities result in shattering hegemony, overthrowing the powerful, diversifying communities and affirming pluralism. These have by and large been ignored or downplayed in the formation of Christian communities by western and westernized Christians in Africa. The effect of this is that much of the practice of African Christians imitates that of a European Christianity of bygone times.

    Postcolonializing God charts a different course uplifting these ignored readings of scripture and identifying how they are expressed again by Africans who courageously seek through the practices of mysticism and African culture to portray a God whose actions liberate and diversify human experience.

    Postcolonializing God seeks to express the human diversity that seems to be the Creator’s ongoing desire for the world and thereby to continue to manifest the manifold and diverse nature and wisdom of God. It is only as humans refuse to be created in the image of any other human beings, that the richness and complexity of the divine image will be more closely viewed throughout the world.

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  • Preach : The Power And Purpose Behind Our Praise

    $16.95

    Long-awaited book of sermons from renowned preachers Otis Moss III and Otis Moss, Jr.

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  • New Wine New Wineskins

    $23.99

    New Wine, New Wineskins helps African American congregations understand and benefit from the cultural shifts we are now experiencing. Many African American churches have thought they are immune to the cultural shock waves in our streets and neighborhoods. They simple argue that they have always been all about participation and being relational; yet like many churches, their numbers continue to decline.

    Douglas Powe suggests that the African American church, while once the bedrock of the community, is no longer on the radar for many individuals. During the Civil Rights movement African American churches initiated and even shaped transformation for an entire country, well beyond their own walls. In this post-Civil Rights era the power of many African American churches remains mired in the assumptions and practices of the 1960s, thereby exacerbating their invisibility to their surrounding communities.

    African American churches must find a way to reclaim their missional orientation, while at the same time remaining true to their historical identity and witness of speaking truth to power. The worthy goals of justice and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ in this time, requires new practices and fresh ideas-new wine. The old framework just won’t work any more. We need new wine skins.

    These new times have much to teach and African American churches have much to learn if they want the Christian faith to grow in the hearts and lives of generations to come.

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  • African Memory Of Mark

    $35.00

    Preface: Not For Africans Alone
    Part 1: The African Memory Of St. Mark
    Part 2: The Identity Of The Biblical Mark Viewed From African Tradition
    Part 3: Mark In Africa
    Part 4: Mark In The Historical Record
    Part 5: The Ubiquity Of Mark
    Conclusion

    Additional Info
    We often regard the author of the Gospel of Mark as an obscure figure about whom we know little. Many would be surprised to learn how much fuller a picture of Mark exists within widespread African tradition, tradition that holds that Mark himself was from North Africa, that he founded the church in Alexandria, that he was an eyewitness to the Last Supper and Pentecost, that he was related not only to Barnabas but to Peter as well and accompanied him on many of his travels.

    In this provocative reassessment of early church tradition, Thomas C. Oden begins with the palette of New Testament evidence and adds to it the range of colors from traditional African sources, including synaxaries (compilations of short biographies of saints to be read on feast days), archaeological sites, non-Western historical documents and ancient churches.

    The result is a fresh and illuminating portrait of Mark, one that is deeply rooted in African memory and seldom viewed appreciatively in the West.

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  • Singing The Lords Song In A Strange Land

    $18.99

    From the earliest meetings of the Civil Rights Movement to offering the benediction for the first African American President of the United States, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been an eyewitness to some of the most significant events in our history. But, more important, he has been a voice that speaks truth to power–inspiring change that moves us forward. In Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, you will find Dr. Lowery’s most enduring speeches and messages from the past fifty years including Coretta Scott King’s funeral and the benediction given at President Obama’s inauguration. This book, however, is not simply a collection of words. It is the heart of a movement and a call to a new generation to carry the mantle–for all people.

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  • Black United Methodists

    $27.99

    For those desiring to read a concise but accurate historical outline of African Americans in The United Methodist Church, this is the book. For those desiring tidbits of data not included in typical history books, commingled with insertions of American history, this book will serves as a rich resource. – From the Foreword by Bishop Forrest C. Stith

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  • Courageous Compassion : A Prophetic Homiletic In Service To The Church

    $19.99

    A wonderfully intelligent, forceful book, bringing together masterful sermons by noted preacher Jerry Taylor and responses by world-renowned scholars.

    Jerry Taylor’s preaching is characterized as a ”Compassionate Prophetic Voice” delivered in the traditional African American form: ”Start slow, stay low, rise higher, and end in fire.” His preaching is intelligent and wedded to the biblical text, effectively engaging listeners before exploding with persuasion.

    COURAGEOUS COMPASSION provides examples of ten of Taylor’s best-crafted sermons, including ”The Curse of Babel,” ”They That Wait upon the Lord,” ”Alive to God,” and ”Courageous Compassion.” Respected theorists, biblical scholars, and denominational leaders have responded to each sermon, providing analysis, homiletic insight, reflections from the tradition of Black preaching, and comments on what Taylor is ”doing right.”

    This volume accents the work of one homiletic practitioner whose work demands careful reflection and wide distribution. Its lively writing style, and its use of concrete images and examples to connect serious reflections with Taylor’s sermons, also serves as an example of how listeners and readers can interact with such rich preaching.

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  • Long Time Coming

    $16.99

    Faithful Christian Deidre Clark-Morris is a professional career-minded woman with a loving husband, but no children. Kenisha Smalls has lived in poverty all her life. She has three children by three different men and has just been diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer. While the meeting between these two women appears accidental, it becomes their catalyst of hope. Neither woman expects the blessing that God has in store for them. While Deidre guides Kenisha on the path to eternal life with Jesus Christ, Kenisha teaches Deidre how to stand strong against the hard knocks of life.

    Kenisha and Deidre come to terms with the bleakness of their situations while still climbing that high mountain of faith and hope. Long Time Coming presents readers with the question: What would you do when there is nothing left to do? Can you still trust God even when faced with infertility and the impending demise of a loved one? It is a story of hope and inspiration that will leave readers profoundly touched.

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  • How Africa Shaped The Christian Mind

    $25.00

    Introduction
    Toward A Half Billion African Christians
    An Epic Story
    Out Of Africa
    The Pivotal Place Of Africa On The Ancient Map
    Two Rivers: The Nile And The Medjerda–Seedbed Of Early Christian Thought
    Affirming Oral And Written Traditions
    Self-Effacement And The Recovery Of Dignity
    The Missing Link: The Early African Written Intellectual Tradition Forgotten
    Why Africa Has Seemed To The West To Lack Intellectual History
    Interlude

    Part One: The African Seedbed Of Western Christianity
    1 A Forgotten Story
    Who Can Tell It?
    Pilgrimage Sites Neglected
    Under Sands: The Burial Of Ancient Christian Texts And Basilicas
    2 Seven Ways Africa Shaped The Christian Mind
    How The Western Idea Of A University Was Born In The Crucible Of Africa
    How Christian Exegesis Of Scripture First Matured In Africa
    How African Sources Shaped Early Christian Dogma
    How Early Ecumenical Decision Making Followed African Conciliar Patterns
    How The African Desert Gave Birth To Worldwide Monasticism
    How Christian Neoplatonism Emerged In Africa
    How Rhetorical And Dialectical Skills Were Refined In Africa And Introduced To Europe
    Interlude: Harnack?s Folly
    Overview
    3 Defining Africa
    Establishing The Indigenous Depth Of Early African Christianity
    The Stereotyping Of Hellenism As Non-African
    Scientific Inquiry Into The Ethnicity Of Early African Christian Writers
    The Purveyors Of Myopia
    The African-Priority Hypothesis Requires Textual Demonstration
    The South-to-North Hypothesis
    A Case In Point: The Circuitous Path From Africa To Ireland To Europe And Then Back To Africa
    A Caveat Against Afrocentric Exaggeration
    4 One Faith, Two Africas
    The Hazards Of Bridge Building
    The Challenge Of Reconciliation Of Black Africa And North Africa
    Overcoming The Ingrained Lack Of Awareness
    The Roots Of The Term Africa
    Excommunicating The North
    Arguing For African Unity
    Defining “Early African Christianity” As A Descriptive Category Of A Period Of History
    How African Is The Nile Valley?
    5 Temptations
    The Emerging Task Of Historical Inquiry
    The Catholic Limits Of Afrocentrism
    The Inflexible Habit Of Ignoring African Sources
    The Cost Of The Forgetfulness
    Overlooking African Voices Already Present In Scripture
    How Protestants Can Celebrate The Apostolic Charisma Of The Copts
    The Christian Ancestry Of Africa

    Part Two: African Orthodox Recovery
    6 The Opportunity For Retrieval
    Surviving Modernity
    The Steadiness Of African Orthodoxy
    The New African

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    Africa has played a decisive role in the formation of Christian culture from its infancy. Some of the most decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity were explored and understood in Africa before they were in Europe. If this is so, why is Christianity so often perceived in Africa as a Western colonial import? How can Christians in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, indeed how can Christians throughout the world, rediscover and learn from this ancient heritage? Theologian Thomas C. Oden offers a portrait that challenges prevailing notions of the intellectual development of Christianity from its early roots to its modern expressions. The pattern, he suggests, is not from north to south from Europe to Africa, but the other way around. He then makes an impassioned plea to uncover the hard data and study in depth the vital role that early African Christians played in developing the modern university, maturing Christian exegesis of Scripture, shaping early Christian dogma, modeling conciliar patterns of ecumenical decision-making, stimulating early monasticism, developing Neoplatonism, and refining rhetorical and dialectical skills. He calls for a wide-ranging research project to fill out the picture he sketches. It will require, he says, a generation of disciplined investigation, combining intensive language study with a risk-taking commitment to uncover the truth in potentially unreceptive environments. Oden envisions a dedicated consortium of scholars linked by computer technology and a common commitment that will seek to shape not only the scholar’s understanding but the ordinary African Christian’s self-perception.

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  • Deacons In Todays Black Baptist Church

    $19.99

    What does it mean to be a deacon in today’s black Baptist church?

    Respected author and pastor Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle explores the scriptural basis and historical context for the deacon ministry in the black Baptist church, and addresses the practical issues related to this ministry today:

    What personal qualities should a candidate for deacon possess?
    What does the ministry of deacons entail?
    What relationship should exist between the pastor and deacons?
    What about training, term of service (if any), and women deacons?
    Models of contemporary deacon ministry, illustrated by case studies, provide a twenty-first century look at this first century ministry.

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  • 1 Mans Thougths

    $13.49

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the African American society, why are we so different from long ago and then again why haven’t we changed.

    One Man’s Thoughts is a thought provoking piece that reflect the thoughts of one Black man whose words of inspiration and encouragement may very well be just what the African American society needs to read.

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  • Guide To Spiritual And Economic Empowerment

    $14.99

    This project is the result of a study on economic and spiritual empowerment in the black church. This topic began with a focus group in the Doctor of Ministry program at United Theological Seminary, led by mentors Drs. Lewis V. Baldwin and Victor Anderson. One of the major hindrances to the economic empowerment of the black church and community is economic management.

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  • Liberating Black Theology

    $19.99

    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 this 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-followers.

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  • Moving The Rock

    $56.00

    Preface
    Introduction: A Short History

    Part I. Morning Sun Missionary Baptist Church
    Chapter 1. Morning Sun Church And Its Leaders
    Chapter 2. The Family
    Chapter 3. Motherhood

    Part II. The Women Of Morning Sun Church
    Chapter 4. Molly Lake Lander: “I Guess I Have To Go To Jesus”
    Chapter 5. Caren Lake: “Having A Dream”
    Chapter 6. Mahalia Lake: “I Don’t Ask The Lord To Move The Mountain, Just Give Me The Strength To Climb It”
    Chapter 7. Mable Jackson: “All I Asked The Lord For Was A Man With A Cigarette And A Job”
    Chapter 8. Betty Jones: “I Like To Go!”
    Chapter 9. Joann Jones Newton: “When God Comes, He’s Getting Some Of Every Race”
    Chapter 10. Marie Jones Smith: “Getting That Made-Up Mind”
    Chapter 11. Linda Wilson, Marie’s Daughter: “All These Years I Have Become Stronger”

    Part III. The Research Process
    Chapter 12. The Research, The Women, And Me

    Appendix: The Research Questions, Theories, And Methods

    Additional Info
    Moving the Rock portrays several generations of African American women whose families migrated from the South to the Pacific Northwest in the 1940s and 1950s. As members of a small storefront church in central Seattle, these women-grandmothers, mothers, daughters-lean on their faith and church to face the challenges of poverty, racism, ignorance, and health. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it is painfully obvious that many of us know little about what it is like to be poor and Black in the United States. These powerful, profound stories bring this group of women and their problems (and joys) vividly and movingly to life.

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  • More Power In The Pulpit

    $28.00

    In this companion and sequel to the best-selling Power in the Pulpit (Westminster John Knox, 2002), which has sold over 11,000 copies, more of Americas best-known and most influential African American preachers describe how they prepare their sermons. Each preacher also presents a sermon that highlights his or her particular method of sermon preparation.

    Contributors to this volume include: Willette Alyce Burgie-Bryant, William S. Epps, C. E. McLain, Otis Moss Jr., Otis Moss III, Veronica R. Goines, Cynthia L. Hale, Melvin V. Wade Sr., Raquel A. St. Clair, and Walter S. Thomas Sr.

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  • African American Pastoral Care

    $20.99

    In this major revision of his classic book, Dr. Edward Wimberly updates his narrative methodology by examining current issues in African American pastoral care and counseling.

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  • Reconciliation Blues : A Black Evangelicals Inside View Of White Christiani

    $18.00

    Journalist Edward Gilbreath gives an insightful, honest picture of both the history and the present state of racial reconciliation in evangelical churches. He looks at a wide range of figures, such as Howard O. Jones, Tom Skinner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson and John Perkins.

    Charting progress as well as setbacks, his words offer encouragement for black evangelicals feeling alone, clarity for white evangelicals who want to understand more deeply, and fresh vision for all who want to move forward toward Christ’s prayer “that all of them may be one.”

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  • History Of Black Congregational Christian Churches Of The South

    $25.00

    The history of the UCC Black Congregational Christian Churches in the South covers a short span of 110 years, from 1865 to 1975.

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  • Experiencing The Truth

    $22.50

    Communicates the need of a vibrant, experiential, Reformed Christianity among African-American and all believers.

    The authors lay out the biblical basis for choosing and attending a church and demonstrate how the historic Reformed expression has been the most biblically accurate and experientially consistent expression of Christianity.

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  • Christians Warfare : Its A Family Affair

    $25.99

    THE CHRISTIAN’S WARFARE: IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR As you read this book, you will come to see that victory over the obstacles we face in life is not just about His power or His presence but about your Positioning. Christ has promised us His power just as he has promised us His presence, but He leaves it up to us to be PROPERLY POSITIONED in certain areas in order that we might gain the victory. These areas are: o Living successfully as Singles in a sex-crazed society o Husbands loving their wives as Christ loved the church. o Wives submitting to and reverencing their husbands o Children obeying and honoring their parents o Fathers not provoking their children to anger and discouragement o Men becoming providers and not pimps in their home

    “This book acquaints the Saints with proper positioning strategies by providing us with a means to inspect what we expect based on God’s expectations for each of us. It addresses a basic premise, that behavior follows belief over a protracted period of time. Reformation can never truly change behavior, transformation of one’s belief system is required to behave differently. Misbehavior is a reflection of “mis-believing.” Many in the Kingdom will be blessed through this work. Thank you Pastor Davis for obeying the Spirit.” Sterling Lands, II DD Sr. Pastor, Greater Calvary Bible Church, Austin, Texas Sr. Pastor, First African Bible Church, Dallas, Texas

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  • Christians Warfare : Its A Family Affair

    $16.49

    THE CHRISTIAN’S WARFARE: IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR As you read this book, you will come to see that victory over the obstacles we face in life is not just about His power or His presence but about your Positioning. Christ has promised us His power just as he has promised us His presence, but He leaves it up to us to be PROPERLY POSITIONED in certain areas in order that we might gain the victory. These areas are: o Living successfully as Singles in a sex-crazed society o Husbands loving their wives as Christ loved the church. o Wives submitting to and reverencing their husbands o Children obeying and honoring their parents o Fathers not provoking their children to anger and discouragement o Men becoming providers and not pimps in their home

    “This book acquaints the Saints with proper positioning strategies by providing us with a means to inspect what we expect based on God’s expectations for each of us. It addresses a basic premise, that behavior follows belief over a protracted period of time. Reformation can never truly change behavior, transformation of one’s belief system is required to behave differently. Misbehavior is a reflection of “mis-believing.” Many in the Kingdom will be blessed through this work. Thank you Pastor Davis for obeying the Spirit.” Sterling Lands, II DD Sr. Pastor, Greater Calvary Bible Church, Austin, Texas Sr. Pastor, First African Bible Church, Dallas, Texas

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  • Rise And Demise Of Black Theology

    $44.99

    Black Theology emerged in the 1960s as a response to black consciousness. In South Africa, it is a critique of power; in the UK it is a political theology of black culture. The dominant form of Black Theology has been in the USA, originally influenced by Black Power and the critique of white racism. Since then, it claims to have broadened its perspective to include oppression on the grounds of race, gender and class. In this book, Alistair Kee contests this claim, arguing that Black and Womanist Theologies present inadequate analysis of race and gender and no account at all of class or economic oppression.With a few notable exceptions, Black Theology in the USA repeats the mantras of the 1970s, the discourse of modernity. Content with American capitalism, it fails to address the source of the impoverishment of black Americans at home. Content with a romantic image of Africa, this ‘African-American’ movement fails to defend contemporary Africa against predatory American global ambitions. Blacks in the West, Kee claims here,

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  • Confessions Of Three Ebony Bishops

    $19.99

    Three African American bishops offer guidance and offer pastors a model of spiritual leadership.

    Edsel A. Ammons, Ernest S. Lyght, and Jonathan D. Keaton, through personal story, sermons, articles, prayers, and meditations, ground leadership in humility and self-denial. Giving practical advice for church pastors and leaders, the book will inspire many spiritual journeys.

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  • Decline Of African American Theology

    $30.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780830828272ISBN10: 0830828273Thabiti Anyabwile | Mark NollBinding: Trade PaperPublished: December 2007Publisher: InterVarsity Press Print On Demand Product

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  • African American Christian Worship (Expanded)

    $20.99

    Costen again delights readers with a lively history and theology of the African American worship experience.
    An update of the 1993 classic, with an expanded discussion of ritual practices in African communities and clarification of the ritual use of music in worship.

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  • Faithful Preacher : Recapturing The Vision Of Three Pioneering African Amer

    $18.99

    The cliche is that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. But Thabiti Anyabwile contends that it is not the mistakes we must study; it is the people who have overcome them. So he presents three of the most influential African-American pastors in American history who can teach us what faithful ministry entails.

    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. Grimke (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.

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  • Africana Worship Book Year A

    $27.00

    What is worship? For the Africana community, worship is the time or place where God “shows up and shows out,” affirming that an active God embodies human lives through companionship and communion. This type of worship allows God to enter into worshipper’s lives with an openness to respond with swaying of the body, tapping feet, weeping eyes, and heartfelt emotion.

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  • Reaching African American Muslims For Christ

    $13.49

    Presents ministry guidelines to the Nation of Islam and African-American Orthodox Muslims. This “relational evangelism” identifies Jesus as the Savior of all races, colors, and ethnis groups.

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  • Hip Hop Church

    $30.00

    Pastors Efren Smith and Phil Jackson show the urgency of connecting hip-hop culture and church to reach a new generation with the gospel.

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  • Being Human : Race Culture And Religion

    $29.00

    Introduction: Who Are We?

    1.Contemporary Models Of Theological Anthropology
    2.Culture: Labor, Aesthetic, And Spirit
    3.Selves And The Self: I Am Because We Are
    4.Race: Nature And Nurture
    5.Conclusion As Introduction

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    Dwight Hopkins, whose important work in Black Theology has mediated class theological concerns through the prism of African American culture, here offers a fresh take on theological anthropology. Rather than defined “the human” as one eternal or inviolable essence, however, Hopkins looks to the multiple and conflicting notions of the human in contemporary thought, and particularly three key variables: culture, self, and race. Hopkins’ critical reframing of these concepts firmly locates human endeavor, development, transcendence, and liberation in the particular messiness of struggle and strife.

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  • Black Pearls For Parents

    $13.95

    Eric V. Copage’s Black Perls became an instant best-seller and was the winner of the Blackboard African-American Bestsellers award for best nonfiction book of 1994. Now he has created a book of inspirational thoughts, practical advice, and pearls of wisdom specifically for African-American parents. The 365 quotes that begin each day’s entry range from African proverbs to wisdom and insight from Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Willie Mays, Marva Collins, and Marian Wright Edelman, among hundreds of other diverse and accomplished people of African descent.

    Each day’s entry covers a topic that affects parents (and their children)-including Role Models, Friends, Procrastination, Affection, Priorities, Independence, Stress, Faith and hundreds more. From the daily inspirations, author Eric V. Copage suggests meditations and specific actions that will provide guidance, comfort, and inspiration to African-American parents as they deal with the pressures and joys of raising children in today’s world.

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  • Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death

    $15.99

    This book is not only about the brutal civil war in the West African Republic of Liberia, it is especially about how the Church in Liberia became involved in the peace process at a tremendous cost. This is a true story of what Christians can do in times of conflict, and of one minister whose faith and courage helped him survive as he made his way out of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, and traveled through the “valley of the shadow of death.”

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  • Choose Me

    $39.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780446576703ISBN10: 0446576700Xenia RuizBinding: Cloth TextPublished: June 2005Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA Print On Demand Product

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  • Liberation And Reconciliation (Expanded)

    $28.00

    An expansion of the 1971 classic text, this second edition of Liberation and Reconciliation argues for a balance between the quest for liberation and the need for reconciliation in black-white relations. Written by one of the pioneers of Black Theology, it examines biblical and theological themes from the perspective of Black experience and concludes that nonviolent reconciliation is the best response to racial oppression.

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  • Heaven Sent

    $21.99

    Andrew Turner seems like your average small-town teenager. He struggles with his grades; he helps his mother make ends meet; he longs for the prettiest girl in school to see him as more than a friend. But when his mother succumbs to a mysterious disease, this quiet teen discovers his life–and his family–are anything but ordinary.

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  • Black Political Theology

    $45.00

    How do black political needs and goals relate to black religious experience? What is the meaning of religion–and of Christ–in a racist society? In this classic early articulation of black theology, first published in 1974, J. Deotis Roberts argues that reconciliation is the essence of the good news, but it must be in conjunction with liberation. Ethnicity and theology, he contends, must meet in the specific black religious experience by recognizing the liberal, activist, and even revolutionary role of Christ in the cause of freedom. Discussing human nature and destiny in the black perspective, the nature of the gospel, and the black experience of community, Roberts presents the place of the black church as the main institution poised to implement the liberation of whole persons and a whole people.

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