The Day the Black Church Circus Came to Town
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The Day the Black Church Circus Came to Town

  Earlier this fall, there was an infamous photo of some well-known prominent (TV) pastors that were seen praying with (or for) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.  It was one of those moments that made the rounds of a short-lived news cycle on September 29 of this year.  Pastors Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, David Jeremiah … Continue reading

Conversating, When Conversation Goes Wrong: VH1, Hip Hop and Jamal Bryant
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Conversating, When Conversation Goes Wrong: VH1, Hip Hop and Jamal Bryant

By all accounts, new ground was broken last night when it came to the public discourse of the intersection of the hip hop community and that of the LBGTQ community.  More specifically, the black LGBTQ community.  Following the season four premier of Love and Hip Hop on Viacom owned station VH1, an hour-long round-table discussion called … Continue reading

Jamal Bryant and the Continued Foolishness of Preaching
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Jamal Bryant and the Continued Foolishness of Preaching

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  1 Corinthians 1:21, KJV If one does a quick search of the name Jamal Bryant on my blog, they will quickly discover that from my seminary forward … Continue reading

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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