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It’s a Democracy, Not a Theocracy: How The Black Church Gets it Wrong

Let me put a clear disclaimer before I launch into the deep with this blog post: The institutional Black Church as we know it, something that is a proper noun, has entered it’s final stages of life.  The metonymical phrase “the Black Church” is rather black churches that have a different socio-economic and political outlook … Continue reading

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The Black Church, Homegoing Services and Whitney Houston

On February 18, 2012, the family of Whitney Houston paid their final respects in an invite only, yet televised homegoing service at her home church, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.  Initial reports had said that only BET was covering the full service, but certainly shocking to me, the major cable news networks … Continue reading

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For Colored Persons Who Have Considered Suicide When Being “Black In America” Is Enough: An Uppity Negro Response to CNN’s Black In America III

I know that’s a long title and certainly hyperbolic, but I think it addresses the gutted and eviscerated feeling that I experienced watching CNN’s Soledad O’Brien “Almighty Debt” a Black In America special.  Granted I went into this third installment of the Black In America series with some serious preconceived notions.  Rightly so I believe. … Continue reading

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“Don’t Talk About My Mama!” and Other Problems With Black Intellectual Rhetoric

We’ve all had that moment when we realize that a conversation somehow strayed down a rabbit-hole and turned into a debate, and that debate got intense and turned into an argument.  Somewhere deep down inside you were maintaining your cool when all of a sudden the other Negro made it personal and said something about … Continue reading

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And The Walls Come Tumba’ling Down: The Religious Politics of Eddie Long

Hot off the press from tonight, the latest in news to affect the institutional Black Church, both old and new, has been the lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, Georgia. This seems to be yet another brick chipped away in already bruised and battered institutional Black Church. … Continue reading

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The Four Ways Black Folk Listen to a Sermon

The following is a piece entitled “Two Ships Passing in the Night” by Rev. Cleophus LaRue, Ph.D. in the book What’s the Matter with Preaching Today? edited by Mike Graves.  LaRue does a piece to address the differences between what is considered black preaching styles and non-black preaching styles. Essentially saying that both sides have … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Coffee Break: Eddie Glaude’s “The Black Church Is Dead?”

This is a piece forwarded to me by one of my readers and Twitter followers @tsboddy on a piece that Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Ph.D. wrote for the Huffington Post entitled “The Black Church is Dead.”  Clearly this is up my alley and I plan to have a response to this later on this week. … Continue reading