What is the Black Church?

When you think of the black church, what comes to mind?  Is it the style of preaching? The style of music? Attire preferences?

What constitutes the black church? Is it monolithic?

Should our view of the black church be shaped by its historical expressions? Its sociological and cultural preferences? Its ethical concerns?

How did slavery and the Civil Rights era affect the black church? What is the future of the black church in America?

What should be the center and strength of the black church?

Pastors Anthony Carter (Atlanta, GA), Thabiti Anyabwile (Grand Cayman Islands) and Louis Love (Vernon Hills, IL) share  their thoughts about these important issues.

Enjoy!

Grace & Peace,

d.

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The Front Porch

How many of you have been part of an unexpected conversation that left a great impact on you?  For me, one of the most impactful conversations I was part of, though mostly in a passive way, occurred in Chicago in the summer of 2010.  The Lord was gracious enough to place me in a setting of pastors and I had the pleasure of conversing with Anthony Carter, Thabiti Anyabwile, and others about the state of the African American church and the resurgence of Reformed soteriology within it.  It was so encouraging to hear these men address issues within the African American church and culture biblically with tact and compassion.  I learned a great deal in that conversation and I’m happy to know that that conversation has not ceased. In fact, it’s been an ongoing conversation and now they have opened the conversation for others to join in.

Thabiti Anyabwile, Anthony Carter and Louis Love, three African American Reformed pastors, invite you to pull up a chair and join them on The Front Porch.

Grace & Peace,

d.