Saturday, February 11, 2006

Radio Feedback to 50 Most Influential Christians In America List

By: Angela Lee Price
On Friday, February 10th, I asked listeners to name the most influential Christians in America. Bishop T.D. Jakes received the most response for most influential. Respondents also mentioned Shirley Ceasar, Juanita Bynum, Kirk Franklin, Kevin Cosby, and Billy Graham.

Here is a five-minute excerpt from the radio show:
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Prophetic or Pathetic

By: Angela Lee Price

Dr. Kevin Cosby is an extremely busy man these days. In addition to pastoral and presidential responsibilities at St. Stephen Church and Simmons College of Kentucky respectively, he teaches a class on church growth at the college.

Recently, Dr. Cosby spoke candidly about what critics are saying about church growth. “Too many preachers are pragmatic and want church growth at any cost,” Cosby said. The church has become more important than the Kingdom. “This is critical for the black church,” said Cosby. “The only salvation for the black community is the church. However, we have all these major mega churches, but they are often guilty of having a concern for their churches without any concern for the Kingdom. "

High on the critics’ list is a lost of the prophetic voice. Cosby said, “Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke truth to powerful people and institutions, and did not concern himself with the consequences. The 21st Century church is not prophetic but pathetic. We are court prophets, champions of the status quo which means you have blessed a mess. Guys like T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Ron Parsley and Eddie Long are preaching personal fulfillment, and that’s the problem. If you shift your doctrine and are not faithful to the doctrine of the faith, you have no foundation, and Satan comes in and anything goes. “
Remember, it is not Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Are You Letting Yourself Down?

By: Angela Lee Price
Dr. Kevin Cosby delivered the keynote address at the Pride, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday observance at St. Stephen Church on January 16th.

Front left to right: Pride, Inc. organizer George Burney (standing), Jefferson County Sheriff Colonel John Aubrey, and Louiville Metro Police Chief Robert White (seated).

Delivering a fiery keynote address, Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church and President of Simmons College of Kentucky asked at the 34th Annual Pride, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. rally, "Are You Letting Yourself Down?" The King holiday event was held on January 16th at St. Stephen Church for the first time, and drew its largest crowd ever.

Citing the familiar Bible story of Aaron fashioning a golden calf to appease the Israelites while Moses was on Mount Horeb with God, Dr. Cosby said the black community and many churches are listening to the voice of decline, the voice of Aaron instead of the voice of discipline, the voice of Moses on many important issues.

Market-driven churches are listening to Aaron when they close their doors on Christmas and fashion programs to accommodate the people. Cosby said, "The community does not set the agenda for the church, the Word sets the agenda."

This is a five-minute excerpt from the sermon Are You Letting Yourself Down?

Remember, it is not Buddha, Confucius, Mohammad, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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