Sunday, December 23, 2007

James Cone And the Legitmizing of Black Theology

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

At the height of the Black Power Movement at a time when strong voices where needed to speak truth to power regarding the African American predicament in America, the Lord put fire in the bones of theologian James H. Cone, using him as a trailblazing catalyst in the development of black theology. James Cone is currently the Charles A Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. James Cone spoke on the subject of the black church and success in the following video clip from Tavis Smiley's 2003 State of the Black Union IV, The Black Church: Relevant, Repressive, Or Reborn?



In 2006, James Cone caused a stir by declining an honorary degree at the Interdenominational Theological Center Commencement Exercises after discovering that “prosperity preacher” Eddie Long would deliver the commencement address. Cone’s legendary spirit of protest some 39 years has led him to become a major voice in social justice for people of color. At the penning of books, Black Theology and Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), he became known in black church and academic circles as the Father of Black Theology. Cone’s greatest accomplishment to systematic theology has been in successfully positioning black theology as a studied discipline within Christian theology.

James Cone in laying the foundation for legitimizing black theology called upon a range of Protestant theologians from Karl Bath to Jurgen Moltmann, and on the writings of Paul Tillich and others to prove that a theology rooted in the black experience was as legitimate as any. Cone based black theology upon a classical interpretation of the Christian faith. Black theologian Gayraud Wilmore in the book, Black Religion and Black Radicalism stated, “Cone showed how a radical but historically accurate exegesis of the biblical story leads to the conclusion that black power is an expression of the gospel in a particular situation of oppression” (Wilmore, p. 214).

Using terms like “being” and “nonbeing” with regard to white racism and black opposition to it, Cone found in the Protestant writings correlative ideas to argue that black theology was a theology of black liberation and that the message of the gospel was one of liberation. Cone wrote in a statement of the National Commission of Black Churches against the backdrop of the Black Manifesto in the late 1960’s:
Black people affirm their being. This affirmation is made in the whole experience of being black in the hostile American society. Black theology is not a gift of the Christian gospel dispensed to slaves, rather it is an appropriation which black slaves made of the gospel given by their white oppressors. Black theology has been nurtured, sustained and passed on in the black churches in their various ways of expression. Black theology has dealt with all the ultimate and violent issues of life and death for a people despised and degraded (Wilmore and Cone in Black Theology: A Documentary History, 1966-1979, p.100-102 found in Wilmore, Black Religion And Black Radicalism, p. 215).

Very early in his discourse, Cone answered the question, is black theology Christian theology? He wrote, “Black Theology is Christian theology precisely because it has the black predicament at its point of departure.” Wilmore stated, “But in an effort to lay the foundation for a systematic theology of black experience that met the requirement of universality, Cone added:

Being black in America has very little to do with your skin color. To be black means that your heart, your soul, your mind, and your body are where the dispossessed are….Therefore, being reconciled to God does not mean that one’s skin is physically black. It essentially depends on the color of your heart, soul and mind (Cone, Black Theology and Black Power, p. 151 found in Wilmore, p. 217).
In A Black Theology of Liberation, Cone also borrowed from Paul Tillich’s writings to further develop his position. Cone wrote, "The focus on blackness does not mean that only blacks suffer as victims in a racist society, but that blackness is an ontological symbol and a visible reality which best describes what oppression means in America…..Blackness, then, stands for all victims of oppression who realize that their humanity is inseparable from man’s liberation from whiteness (Cone, Black Theology of Liberation, p.27-28).

Cone was criticized for using orthodox Eurocentric Christian constructs in developing black theology and postulating Jesus was black and on the side of the oppressed. His critics believed he should have drawn upon the black church fathers, black history, and black culture for its genesis. Wilmore wrote:
To say that being black in America has little to do with skin color is true, but only a half-truth and capable of gross misunderstanding. It is possible to argue that in a world dominated by white power that is inextricable from white Christianity, being black, or identifiably “Negroid,” is a unique experience that has, since the contact of African peoples with the white Christian West, produced a unique religion – closely related to, but not exclusively bound by, the classic Christian tradition. That, in fact, is the reason for the emergence of a black theology. Simply being oppressed, or psychologically and politically in empathy with the dispossessed, does not deliver one into the experience of blackness any more than putting on a blindfold delivers one into the experience of being blind (Wilmore, 218).
In retrospect, however, Cone had only done in developing his thesis what white church fathers had done for centuries in borrowing upon the constructs and languages of other disciplines. The church fathers had done it in using philosophy to explain Christianity. Delores S. Williams made reference to the fact with regard to the atonement in her book Sisters In the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk. Williams wrote, “…theologians since the time of Ireanaeus and Origen have been trying to make the Christian idea of atonement believable by shaping theories about it in the language and thought of the people of a particular time….(Williams, p. 162)

Furthermore, Cone did lay an African American foundation when he wrote, "Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser, and Denmark Vesey are examples of free persons. They realized that freedom and death were inseparable. The mythic value of their existence for the black community is incalculable, because they represent the personification of the possibility of being in the midst of nonbeing – the ability to be black in the presence of whiteness (Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, p. 102). "

The significant contribution of theologian James Cone to systematic theology has been his efforts in legitimizing black theology. The preponderance of what has been written over the past 39 years on black theology recognizes his contributions in this area. Cone borrowed upon the motifs of Black Nationalist Malcolm X and others in developing black theology “by any means necessary.” Since his fight was against the Euro-centric Christian establishment, he used the foundations of that establishment, in the writings of Protestant theologians and church fathers, to say that black theology deserved its rightful place with the halls of academia.

Cone did not mix words in A Black Theology of Liberation, nor in his others works for that matter, in communicating the horrific role Euro-centric institutions and religion played in supporting white racism and oppressing people of color. Cone was extremely militant for example in saying Jesus was black. I agree with Gayraud Wilmore that perhaps Cone should have drawn more upon the poor black community, ancestors like W.E.B. DuBois, David Walker, Richard Allen, Sojourner Truth, and others, and our African heritage in pouring the foundation for his two-story building of faith and reason. His critics, like Henry H. Mitchell, failed to come up with solutions that eclipsed Cone’s efforts. So, to the extent that black liberation theology is currently studied in most major American universities, Christian colleges, and historically black colleges and universities, Cone’s strategy worked brilliantly.
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A research paper excerpt. This paper originally written to satisfy requirements for a Christian Theology class at Simmons College of Kentucky, Fall 2007.


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

Friday, December 14, 2007

Jesus Saves Ministries Gives Thanks to the Lord With Photo Journal

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

The Bible says, in 1 Chronicles 16:8, "Give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon His name. Make known His deeds among the people." As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we remember the birth of Jesus Saves Ministries just two short years ago. We thank God for all that His has done through and for this ministry. It is our prayer that this Jesus Saves Ministries Photo Journal featuring events, contributing writers, supporters, and people I've interviewed on WLOU Radio the past couple of years, nationally-known theologians, speakers, as well as local Christians, political and civic leaders, pastors, ministers, policy makers, and gospel artists will encourage and inspire you in the Lord.

About Jesus Saves Ministries:
Jesus Saves Ministries was founded on August 12, 2005. Our mission is to share God's love by addressing topics of interest to the Black Church and African American communities nationwide through this internet ministry, and by presenting Christian workshops, seminars, conferences, and special events. Secondly, our mission is to raise public awareness of aberrant and heretical teachings, cults, and the occult. Jesus Saves Ministries consists of the Jesus Saves Newsletter, Jesus Saves Ministries Blog, and Jesus Saves Events.

Jesus Saves Newsletter:
I am editor of Jesus Saves Newsletter. The newsletter features contributing writers, pastors, and preachers, addressing important topics like the Don Imus controversay, Hurricane Katrina, voting rights, health, wealth, and prosperity, cults, economic empowerment and more. The newsletter is distributed monthly to churches, ministries, colleges, businesses, and organizations, both locally and nationally, via e-mail and regular mail. Tell others about the Jesus Saves Newsletter. It is easy to become a subscriber and it is free at aleeprice@bellsouth.net.


Jesus Saves Ministries Blog:
In January 2006, we launched this blog on the internet. Many of the articles in the newsletter are on this blog. The blog makes it convenient to post comments, send post to your distributions, view audio clips, and link to other websites. Add this blog to your favorites and spread the word about the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog.

Jesus Saves Ministries Events:
Jesus Saves Ministries has partnered wtih Louisville area churches, ministries, schools, and agencies to present a variety of events, Black History programs, empowerment summits, an honorary awards dinner, awards gala, Christian play, Bible trivia contest, women in ministry forum, career workshop, and several gospel events.


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

Monday, December 10, 2007

Theta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Below are pictures and an article on the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Theta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. About 250 people attended the celebration on November 10th, including Congressman John Yarmuth and his wife Kathy along with Congressman James Clyburn, from Columbia, South Carolina, the Majority Whip and 3rd ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, who is a fraternity member; City Councilman David Tandy also a fraternity member as well as Councilwoman Judith Green joined local and surrounding chapters’ members for the black tie gala held at the Galt House in downtown Louisville.

Awards were presented to several fraternity members. My brother Rev. Michael Lee (photo above), the chapter Vice Basileus received the Superior Service Award. I am so proud of the work his is doing in lifting up Jesus Christ within the Omega organization and throughout the community. Michael is an associate minister and the Sunday School Superintendent at Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been featured several times in the Jesus Saves Newsletter and on this blog.

Article:

http://louisvilleques.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=5&club_id=795113&item_id=3716


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

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Handkerchiefs And The Stuff Miracles Are Made Of

Rev. Angela Lee Price

You see them everyday on cable television early in the morning and in the wee hours of the night, the prosperity prophets peddling their products. It seems there is a "free" product for every situation, for every "going through," and it appears handkerchiefs are the stuff miracles are made of this holiday season. There is...

  1. Don Stewart and his green "Miracle Prosperity" handkerchief. He says if you make a vow of tithe of $1,000 or $500 and he will get 'Pookie' out of jail. I say that if you had $1,000, you could get 'Pookie' out of jail yourself.
  2. The screaming Kerney Thomas and his Personal Prayer Package. His is the red "Blood of Jesus" handkerchief. Hmm...He needs to talk to Don Stewart so that they can get their colors straight. Which is it, the red hanky or the green one? I bet a few Deltas and AKAs could have some fun with this one.
  3. Paul Lewis and his Miracle Olive Oil Soap. Won't a bar of pure shea butter soap and a bottle of olive oil do?
  4. Peter Popoff and his Miracle Spring Water. Popoff got caught several years ago lying at one of his crusades about personal prophecies. It wasn't God talking to him afterall, but his wife talking to him through a hearing aid concealed in his ear. He is back and on BET. Lie to me once, shame on you. Lie to me twice, shame on me!


Judging from all I've seen on television lately, it would appear that this is the stuff miracles are made of the holiday season! The cable television prophets often quote Acts 19:11-12 to support their claims that handkerchiefs can heal you, that handkerchiefs can bring you financial blessings, "God was performing unusual miracles through Paul. Even handkerchiefs and aprons he had used were taken to the sick, and their diseases were driven away, and evil spirits would go out of them."

However, read down a little further in that chapter. You will discover that the seven sons of Sceva tried to do the same thing, but "...the evil spirit said to them 'I know Jesus, and I know about Paul, but you-who are you?' The man who had the evil spirit in him attacked them with such violence that he overpowered them all. They ran away from his house, wounded and with their clothes torn off " (Acts 19: 15-16).

Don't call on the "seven sons of Sceva," and their miracle products. Be careful when preachers tell you that you need certain objects, handkerchiefs, soaps, oils to give you what only God can give. It's a trick of the enemy that diverts your attention away from God and on to man. And as much as I disagree with the Catholic faith on some issues, I don't see Catholic priests on television peddling holy water and anointing oil. Praise God for that!

Call on Jesus Christ and the whole counsel of His Word. Call Him up, as the seniors use to say, and tell'em what you want. He is a miracle worker! He will pick you up, turn you around, and place your feet on solid ground. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths." Turn off the television, open the door to the Word of God, and Jesus will come in.

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

Friday, December 07, 2007

St. Stephen Church Temple Choir Debuts CD, God Is Able

Rev. Angela Lee Price

As a radio personality who has played a lot of music in the Louisville, Kentucky market over 25 years, from contemporary R&B to classic R&B to jazz to blues to gospel, I know good music when I hear it. That is why I am so pleased and blessed to introduce to you the debut CD, God Is Able by the St. Stephen Church Temple Choir under the direction of Joe Leavell.

The long-awaited, much-anticipated debut gospel CD by the St. Stephen Church Temple Choir entitled, God Is Able is scheduled to be released later this month. I have listened to the entire CD. Simply said, I love it! It is anointed, beautifully arranged, and awe-inspiring! It is mature in variety, pace, and arrangement, and should appeal to gospel music lovers of all ages.

God Is Able offers something for every gospel music lover's taste, from traditional to contemporary. The Temple Choir's harmony is superb. This choir is one of the most talented choirs I have heard. A few of my personal favorites include, Let's Praise Him, Use Me, and God Is Able. I love the slow songs as well. There isn't a bad song on the CD really. The CD features nationally-known vocalists and song writers Joe Pace, Patrick Lundy, Darius Brooks, Lecresia Campbell, Justin Savage, Issac Williams, Oscar Williams, Rick Robinson, and others.

Talented local vocalists Joe Leavell, Sherman Bush, Minister Ton'ya Triplett, Sharron Sales, and Jason Clayborn bring a wealth of experience and vocal ability to this debut Temple Choir project. Exhortationists St. Stephen Church Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, and St. Stephen Church Sanctuary Choir Director Minister Ton'ya Triplett testify of God's ability to save, deliver, and set free. This CD should have you shoutin' and rejoicing in Jesus Christ, because truly, God is able!

God Is Able, the first single from the CD, debuts on 1350 WLOU and around the country next week. Listen for it and consider adding this anointed new CD to your gospel music collection this holiday season.

Effective January 9, 2008, the CD will be available for purchase as follows:
  • 1/9/2008 Immediately following Wednesday Night Bible Study on the St. Stephen Church Louisville Campus (a reception & cd signing will follow the service)
  • 1/9/2008 Better Days West Records in Lyles Mall @ 26th & Broadway
  • 1/9/2008 online at: http://www.ssctemplechoir.org/ all orders will ship within 48 hours
  • 1/16/2008 Immediately following Wednesday Night Bible Study on the Indiana Campus (a reception & cd signing will follow the service)
To listen to sample selections of God Is Able, go to the Temple Choir website at http://www.ssctemplechoir.org/.

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

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Reconciliation of Liberation

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

An esteemed theologian and preeminent scholar, Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts is best known as a founder of Black Theology or the Black Liberation Movement. Black Theology and Black Liberation reached its peak in America at the height of the Black Power Movement in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Its proponents sought to present Jesus Christ and Christian theology through the lenses of black culture and the black religious experience as a means to overcome the effects of slavery and institutional racism in order to liberate the minds and change the dire circumstances of oppressed people of color. Roberts, more so than James Cone, who is known as the father of Black Liberation Theology, offered a more biblical approach to black liberation by including reconciliation, a Biblical mandate, as a necessary component of liberation.

I conducted a brief radio interview with Dr. Roberts on 1350 WLOU the morning of May 17, 2007 wherein Roberts elaborated on the impact his travels abroad in the early 1960’s had on shaping his theological perspective on the reconciliation of liberation:

Angela: ...So, as you began to experience the diversities within cultures and the peoples that you came in contact with, that helped to shape and mold how you perceived theology…?

Dr. Roberts: Yes,…in the middle 1960’s I had a world tour of the religions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. So, I knew about cultures other than my own long before the black theology movement emerged. For example, I was moved by my time in Japan. I spent two months in India in the middle ‘60’s and I saw the poverty and need there before I began to address the situation in the U.S.

I was drawn back to this country when I was studying abroad because Martin Luther King was beginning to address the civil rights problems we had, and I wanted to come back and join that movement. So, all that happened prior to the emergence of black power. That led into my position. I wanted to bring the King and Civil Rights Movement experience to the Black Power Movement. That was a dimension that I had because of my age and my involvement prior to the Black Power Movement. Both came together in my thoughts and that’s the reason why liberation and reconciliation were addressed. Cone addressed liberation, and I thought that was not sufficient because of my experience and knowledge, so I began to bring the two together. That’s the genesis of that dialogue.
Dr. J. Deotis Roberts set himself apart from black theologians by advocating reconciliation as a component of black liberation. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:18, “…God…has given us a ministry of reconciliation.” We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “… in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

Roberts penned his best-known book, Liberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology in 1971 in response to James Cone’s A Black Theology of Liberation, published in 1970. Roberts asserted that reconciliation was the “balancing” component of liberation. On the reconciliation of liberation, Roberts wrote in the preface of second edition of Liberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology, page xiii:

"...the balance between liberation and reconciliation remains essential in our pluralistic society....Dr. King's warning, that we either learn to live together as friends or die as fools, is obvious for all thoughtful people. When reconciliation is elevated to its proper ethical level and Christian understanding, it requires serious attention to liberation from social injustices. It cannot be conceived as mere sentimentality or ‘cheap grace.’ Reconciliation requires repentance, forgiveness, and cross-bearing. Thus, I would opt for maintaining a balance between liberation and reconciliation."

Although an advocate for reconciliation, Roberts opposed integration as a goal. In chapter eight of Liberation and Reconciliation, he stated, “The slave-master, servant-boss, inferior-superior mentality underlie all integration schemes in which whites write the agenda. This is why I am against integration.” He advocated reconciliation with co-equal collaboration between races as the goal. On page 94, he wrote:

"Positively, it enables blacks to appreciate their own heritage to the extent that they consider it a worthy commodity to be shared with others. In this manner, liberation leads to reconciliation between equals. This position is productive for the psychological and sociological health of blacks. It is needed for a right perspective for better race relations. It is consistent with an understanding of God as lovingly just, the dignity of all persons, the sinfulness of all, and their reconciliation with God and with one another through Jesus Christ."

Cone, although more outspoken than Roberts, with his “by-any-means-necessary “ approach to Black Theology was a major catalyst for Black Theology’s thrust onto the world stage. He wrote on page 98 of A Black Theology of Liberation, “No black person will ever be good enough in the eyes of whites to merit equality. Therefore, if blacks are to have freedom, they must take it, by any means necessary.” However, he was less thorough and biblical in his critique in omitting the key biblical principle of reconciliation from his writings.

In summary, at the height of the Black Power Movement at a time when strong voices where needed to speak truth to power, the Lord put fire in the bones of black theologians J. Deotis Roberts, James Cone, Albert Cleage, Dwight Hopkins, Delores S. Williams, Gayraud Wilmore, Katie Cannon, Jacqueline Grant, Cornel West, and many other men and women of God. J. Deotis Roberts credits James Cone with the rediscovery of the black man’s religious genius in the late 1960’s on page 147 of his book, A Black Political Theology. And had it not been for the bold, in-your-face style of James Cone and his powerful book, A Black Theology of Liberation, I don’t know if I would have been as interested in the subject as I am. I had to admit to Dr. Roberts in my interview with him that I was not as familiar with his works as I was with those of Cone and others. However, after speaking with him and securing and perusing two of his books at length, I must say that I am blessed to have had corrected in my consciousness the oversight of his tremendous contribution to black theology and black liberation. I highly recommend adding to your library books on black liberation this Christmas season.


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

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It Don't Take All That!: Senate Investigates Six Televangelists

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Many Christians have said, "It don't take all that!," - the mansions, Rolls Royces, and jet setting to save souls, and so on Tuesday, November 6th the senate launched an investigation to look into allegations of financial wrongdoing against prosperity preachers Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Paula and Randy White, and Joyce Meyer, Televangelists Under Investigation.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is following up on complaints from the public and news reports. He said the allgegations involve governing boards that aren't independent and allow generous salaries, housing allowances, and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces, according to an Associated Press story on WSBTV.com. Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Copeland are all members of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents.
Oral Roberts, his son Richard, and the Roberts family are being investigated, too, according to the November 9th Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal Newspaper article, Many saw televangelists' spending. Oral Roberts University is debt-ridden, insiders claim, because the Roberts used university endowments for personal spending. The allegations of improper spending come on the heels of an Octover 2nd lawsuit filed by three ex-professors according to the article.

Pictured above Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, and Kenneth Copeland.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Christ!

Someone sent this to me and I just had to share it with you. It is the spoken word spoken so well. After you watch this seven-minute video, you will find yourself saying, "Amen!," and "Hallelujah!" I even found myself snaping my fingers like the poets. Snap! Snap! Snap! If I could, I would hug God, this sistah, and her whole crew! What a blessing!

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Initial Sermon: Finders Keepers continued

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price


Luke 8:43-48 (NIV)
(v43) And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. (v44) She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. (v45) “Who touched me?,” Jesus asked. When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” (v46) But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.’ (v47) Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. (v48) Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. God in peace.”

What Jesus did in this woman’s trying trial will help you understand that he loves and cares for you!

He healed first and asked questions later. Too many of us are shooting first, and people are dying later. After healing the woman, He asked, “Who touched me?” Then, he kept looking around to see who had touched him. Jesus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to faith. No matter how poor you are, you’re rich in Him! You have an inheritance in Jesus Christ. He won’t ask your race or age. He won’t check to see if your Gucci bag is matching your Gucci shoes. He didn’t know if the woman was male or female. She approached him from behind. He healed first and asked questions later.

Secondly, He provided what she needed. Okay, here it is! Have you ever gone out to the restaurant to get some food, and you decided to use the drive-thru because you realized you didn’t have time to go inside the restaurant? When you looked around for the window, you discovered the drive-thru window was in the back. Well, girlfriend received a drive-thru blessing that day, back-door style. And Jesus biggie-sized her drink! In your insulting storms, your degrading, denigrating devastations, the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross is all the “Red Cross” you will ever need! What can wash away my sins? What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! He provided what she needed. He healed first and asked questions later.
Finally, Jesus affirmed her faith. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you….” He didn’t call her “looter.” He didn’t call her out of her name. He called her “daughter.” In other words, he told her, I’m your daddy!

I came here to tell you tonight when you act on faith in Jesus Christ, what you find, you keep! Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. The bible says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you….” “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life!” Find Jesus while He is near, and keep Him for all eternity! He will never leave you, nor forsake you! He affirmed her faith. He provided what she needed. He healed first, and asked questions later.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the Life! Remember, It is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves! He will pick you up, turn you around, and place your feet on solid ground! In the storms, and in the rain, His shelves are never empty. There is hope on his shelves! There is deliverance on His shelves! There is forgiveness on His shelves! There is salvation on His shelves! He is the Bread of Life! Those who come to Him shall never go hungry; Those who believe in Him shall never be thirsty. With Jesus Christ, what you find, you keep. Finders keepers!

Initial sermon excerpt preached April 27, 2007 at St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor. To God be the glory!

Photos above: St. Stephen Church new ministers Rev. Lonnie Clinkscale, Rev. Angela Lee Price, and Rev. Mercia Frierson, and Rev. Geneva Nelson (not in photo) were presented with ministerial licenses on Sunday, September 9, 2008. Asst. Pastor Rev. Jerome Brown and Rev. Lesa Dae (not in photo) presented the licenses to the ministers before the church at the 11:30 service. All four ministers preached their initial sermons on April 27th.
Photo Left: Pastor Kevin Cosby delivered message, When God Shows Up on September 9th. He concluded 11:30 serevice with corporate prayer. Angela Lee Price in red just to right of Pastor Cosby. Pictures by photographer Allen Hill.



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

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Initial Sermon Excerpt: Finders Keepers

Luke 8:43-48 (NIV)

It would appear African Americans cannot win for losing. Night after night on television, we see negative images of black people as thugs, pimps, gangsters, looters, as if we ain’t got good God-given sense. And now, we’re “nappy-headed hos.” What's worse, we've bought into the lies and are doing it to ourselves, promoting degrading and negative self images in videos, in hip hop music, and in the movies.

Cases in point: Don Imus’ racist and degrading remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team; Hurricane Katrina survivors being referred to as “looters” while white Americans were referred to as “finders” of bread, scantly-dressed women “dropping it like it’s hot” in soft porn videos; and fowl, vulgar, lyrics in hip hop music blazin’ all across this America, where hip hop lives. It would appear we cannot win for losing!

The gospel of Luke provides an account of a poor, suffering sister who desperately took the Bread of Life. Some might say that she “looted” Jesus with her nappy-headed self. Those people in New Orleans, they weren’t saints. They weren’t giving blood. They were looting blood - plasma, plasma TVs, plasma computers, and plasma Gucci purses. Jesus says in the bible, “I am the Bread of Life: he who comes to me shall never go hungry: and he that believes in me shall never be thirsty.” She secretly touched the hem of His garment.

In Luke, we can easily understand why she did it. She was wading chest-deep in misery 12 long years in Katrina-like circumstances, bleeding, and rescuers were nowhere in sight. So, she stopped waiting for others to save her. She waded through murky waters and found Jesus. How many of you have found Jesus in your storms? Shout back, “Finders keepers!”

In chapter 8, Jesus has just arrived in Galilee and is on his way to Jairus’ dying daughter when this sister with the issue of blood comes on the scene. Let us look at this unnamed woman who secretly pressed her way through the crowd and, as some would say, “looted” the Bread of Life. What do we know about this sister who supposedly took from the bottom shelf of the storehouse of Jesus Christ? In addition to suffering the issue of blood 12 long years, she suffered with other issues.

First, she suffered from discrimination and the gender issue. Luke 8:43 reads, “And a woman….” The women of Jesus’ day were considered second-class citizens. Her suffering was prolonged due to the Katrina-like attitudes of the First Century church and male society. She was not welcomed in the synagogues, not at First Baptist, Last Baptist, nor at Any Baptist in between. She was considered ceremonially unclean. She risked being stoned or put to death for so much as touching a priest. She wasn’t welcomed in their colleges either, not even at that historic HBCU, Simeon College of Galilee.

Poverty pressed her down. Another gospel writer, Mark says, “…she spent all she had,” and Luke says “…no one could heal her.” Doctors loved to see her coming. She went without necessities struggling to survive. And in the case of this suffering, “looting” sister, a sensitive, loving Savior took time in her Katrina-like trial to say, “Finders keepers.”

Finally, someone accused her of being a looter. She tried to take her blessing and go unnoticed. She took from Jesus in her Katrina predicament with premeditation and without permission. Matthew Chapter 9:21 said, “She said to herself….” Furthermore, in Luke 8:47, it is apparent that she wanted to hide… “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet….”

I stopped by to tell you don’t be scared. Stop hiding! Press and touch! Don’t put your faith in horoscopes, possessions, friends, family, or finances. Don’t put your faith in Jesus! He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Jesus is close to the discriminated, the disenfranchised, the destitute and the diseased in this world. He says so in his initial sermon, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19).”

To be continued...
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Initial sermon excerpt preached April 27, 2007 at St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor. To God be the glory!



Friday, July 06, 2007

Are You Walking With Jesus This Summer?

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Enoch walked with God and didn’t see death. Conversely, the disciples walked with Jesus on the Emmaus road, and didn’t know it. Are you walking with Jesus this summer? The bible says in Micah that there are three things required of us, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

Louisville Branch NAACP Treasurer Dolores Beauchamp ( right) is walking with Jesus. She is one of several winners of Walking With Jesus gifts bags. Jesus Saves Ministries is giving away Walking With Jesus gifts in an effort to share the gospel and encourage Christians in their faith this summer. Gifts consists of sermons, gospel CDs, books, flip flops, caps, and various Jesus novelties.

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

Delta Sigma Theta Celebrates Founding As Kentucky's First Black Greek Organization

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

On June 28th, not only did Kentucky’s oldest historically black college, Simmons College of Kentucky make history, but also Kentucky’s oldest black Greek organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Simmons returned home to her original campus at 7th & Kentucky Streets after, as Simmons College President Dr. Kevin Cosby put it, “77 years of exile.” Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated a significant founding and 85th anniversary in that return.

Delta Sigma Theta’s Xi chapter was founded on April 15, 1922 at Simmons College of Kentucky, then Simmons University, as the first black Greek organization in the state. “I was impressed to learn of the historical significance of Simmons' involvement in the founding and lives of Deltas,” stated DST Louisville Alumnae Chapter member, Irene White. Delta’s participated in the Simmons motorcade, some stepped briefly to mark the occasion.

In 1931, the University of Louisville purchased Simmons University from the National Baptist Convention and renamed the school Louisville Municipal College. Along with the purchase, Xi chapter then became a part of the University of Louisville. Because of Jim Crowe laws, African Americans were not allowed to attend classes with UofL's Caucasian students. Therefore, UofL operated in two locations, the main, and white's only campus, at Belknap, and the black campus at Louisville Municipal College. The campuses were later combined in 1951. Today, Xi chapter initiates held and continue to hold leadership positions in the community.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as a national organization was founded January 13, 1913 on the campus of Howard University by 22 African American women. The illustrious women envisioned an organization based on Christian principles of college-educated women pledged to serious endeavors of community service. Today, the organization has over 200,000 members and approximately 860 chapters spanning the globe. Delta Sigma Theta is a public service organization committed to the ideals of community service and scholarship. Members include such notables Dorothy Height, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Flack, Senator Carol Mosely-Braun, and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie (photo right with Rev. Angela Lee Price).

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

First three pictures by photographer Allen Hill.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Book Reveals How New Age Movement Has Invaded the Church

Most people believe the New Age has been long gone from our society, and if practiced at all now it is only by unconventional fringe types. For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen reveals this is not the case. In fact, quite the opposite has occurred. The New Age movement (a term not normally used by its proponents) has permeated virtually all aspects of our society. This "Ancient Wisdom" spirituality can be quite readily encountered in the following fields: Business, Education, Health, Self-Help, Religion, and Arts & Entertainment. This book examines them all.

For Many Shall Come in My Name discusses the following:

1. The Age of Aquarius and its meaning in today's world
2. New Age practices like Reiki and yoga
3. Harry Potter and real witchcraft
4. The law of attraction and Oprah
5.Present day New Age prophets
6. Yoga in the public schools
7. Tantric sexuality and its spiritual risks
8. The Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism)
9. Wicca and its growing appeal
10. The occultic explanation of the Holocaust
11. Interspirituality and the coming false Messiah
12. The New Age as a force in politics
13. New Age hostility toward the church
14. The New Age in light of biblical prophecy

To read chapter 1 of this book, click here.

Lighthouse Trails Publishing's 2nd spring release, For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen is now here.

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

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Delta Sigma Theta Celebrates Founding At Simmons College Celebration June 28th

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

The oldest historically black college in the state, Simmons College of Kentucky is returning to her original campus on June 28th after 77 years of exile. It is indeed a momentous occasion not only for Simmons College of Kentucky but also for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Xi chapter, the chapter through which I pledged at the University of Louisville. (In the photo on the left, Xi chapter advisors Beth McAlpine and Wanda Carson posed with me at Louisville Alumnae Chapter's Mahogany Gala IV in 2003. )

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is rejoicing in her heritage and blessing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His grace and mercy in bestowing upon our sorority another history-making role as a black Greek organization in Kentucky. Deltas from Xi chapter, Louisville Alumnae Chapter, St. Stephen Church, and various chapters within the state and region will participate in the Simmons motorcade and parade and step briefly prior to the Jonathan Butler concert at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Please celebrate with us and be sure to bring a chair! In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to St. Stephen Church.

Xi chapter sorors posed at Delta Sigma Theta Louisville Alumnae Chapter's Rainbow Brunch in 2004. That's me in the red in the back. Don't hate us because we're beautiful! Celebrate with us on June 28th!

From the Xi chapter website...

Xi Chapter is the oldest chapter of any Greek organization in the state of Kentucky. Xi Chapter was chartered on April 15, 1922, in Louisville, Kentucky at Simmons College of Kentucky. Among the charter members were:

Soror Alzada Singleton (organizer of Xi Chapter)
Soror Eunice Singleton
Soror Nannie G. Board
Soror Annie Louise Singleton Newhouse

In 1931, the University of Louisville purchased Simmons University from the National Baptist Convention and renamed the school Louisville Municipal. Along with the purchase, Xi chapter then became a part of the University of Louisville. Because of Jim Crowe laws, African Americans were not allowed to attend classes with the UofL's Caucasian students. Therefore, UofL operated in two locations, the main, and white's only campus, at Belknap, and the black campus at Louisville Municipal. The campuses were later combined in 1951. Xi chapter initiates held and continue to hold leadership positions in the community.

Xi chapter has made a commitment to uphold the tradition of excellence as set forth by the founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the charter members of the Mighty Xi Chapter.

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

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Dr. J. Deotis Roberts Speaks At Simmons College of Kentucky

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts visited Simmons College of Kentucky on May 17th to the delight of students, faculty, staff, and the community. An esteemed theologian, Roberts is best known as a founder of Black Theology or the Black Liberation Movement. He has taught at several major universities, and has written 14 books and over 100 scholarly articles over his 60-year career.

Rev. Michael Lee, an associate minister and the Sunday School superintendent at Joshua Missionary Baptist Church brought several teachers with him to the lecture. “Ordinarily, we would be in teachers’ meeting on Thursdays, but I cancelled it tonight so that we would not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Rev. Lee.

Dr. Roberts reflected on his life experiences as a theologian and opened the floor to questions from the audience. When asked why he included reconciliation in his perspective, he said he and his colleagues at Howard University felt obligated to speak on black liberation in the 1960’s, and that his career pre-dated James Cone’s, who is known as the father of the Black Liberation Movement. “James Cone’s perspective was inadequate in that it did not address reconciliation, a central Gospe1 message,” Roberts explained.

I asked him to elaborate on his position on women in the ministry. He said it was hypocritical for black male preachers to point out the errors of oppressors in literally interpreting Scripture to perpetuate slavery, "Slaves obey your masters....," while literally interpret Scripture themselves to keep women out of the pulpit, "Women keep quite in the church...."

Simmons College of Kentucky President Dr. Kevin Cosby. announced Dr. Roberts as the first renown guest lecturer in the Marshall B. Lanier Lecture Series, named in honor of Marshall B. Lanier, a past Simmons president and 50-year professor.

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

Saturday, May 26, 2007

St. Stephen New Members Celebrated

By: Angela Lee Price

In an effort to show continued support to St. Stephen Church new members and help them “stay connected” to the Lord, the Member Services and Media Departments have teamed up to begin recognizing new members who complete Life-A New Adult New Member Orientation. The names of adults who completed the one-time, four-hour sessions between January and April were listed in the May 5th-6th Weekender program. Beginning the first weekend in June, graduates’ names will be listed on a monthly basis.


“It is vitally important that the church encourage new members in their walks with the Lord,” said Member Services Director Rev. Angela Lee Price. “Oftentimes people accept Jesus Christ or renew their commitment to Him after traumatic events in their lives. We want them to know that the steps they take toward spiritual maturity matter to God and to us,” said Rev. Lee Price.

Life A New sessions are offered from 12 Noon-4:00 PM in Louisville, and 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM in Indiana. Call 583-6798, ext. 6852 for details.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord Almighty!

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

My Sunday school class, Learning About Jesus and I have truly been blessed as we have studied the Word of God together. We have been studying the book of Revelations for the past several weeks. Revelations 1:3 says, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” The book encourages believers to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and provides assurance of ultimate victory. The picture on the left was taken after class on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th.

Here are a few questions I have asked my class at the beginning of each lesson:

1. Who wrote Revelations?
2. What distinguished the author from the other disciples?
3. What other four books did the author write?
4. When was Revelations written?
5. Where was the author when he wrote the book?
6. What is the significance of the scripture below from Revelations 4:8?
7. Where can a similar passage be found in the Old Testament?


I will send a Jesus Saves Ministries Walking With Jesus gift bag to the first three people to answer all seven questions correctly. E-mail your responses to me, Angela Lee Price to aleeprice@bellsouth.net.


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


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mighty to Save Is Jesus!

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

In John 21:15-17, Jesus asked Simon Peter three times, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter was frustrated by the third time and said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." Loving God requires that we obey His Word, and feed His sheep by telling others about Jesus Christ. This is what we strive to do at Jesus Saves Ministries, share the saving grace of Jesus Christ from an African American perspective.

Here are some of the female members of my Sunday school class, Learning About Jesus. From left to right: Cozett Benson-Curry, Coneshia Braxton, Marilyn Swinney, Karen Martin, Sylvia Collier, Mattie Smith, and Adrianne Braxton.

Share your love for God this week with family, co-workers, and friends, the de-churched and un-churched. Invite someone to church and Sunday school, and share the good news of Jesus Christ, Jesus Saves Ministries, the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog, and Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! radio show.

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

Listen for Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! on WLOU!

You've read Jesus Saves Newsletter! Now, listen to Jesus Saves Ministries Live on the radio Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station. Jesus Saves Ministries Live, sponsored by Ray Terry with Independent Auto Brokers, Joe McNealy and the Ninth Street Market, and Talbott's Fashions addresses topics of concern to the Black Church and African American communities, and educates listeners on aberrant and heretical teachings adversely affecting Christians and non-believers, false teachings, cults, and the occult.

The show features national speakers as well as local religious, political, and civic leaders, pastors, and policymakers, and ordinary people who are doing extraordinary works for God. Join me, Rev. Angela Lee Price for Jesus Saves Ministries Live Fridays at 4:00 P.M. Jesus Saves Ministries Live, it's not just a talk show. It's an experience on Louisville's Praise and Worship Station, WLOU!

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Black Theology Founder, Dr. J. Deotis Roberts Speaks at Simmons College of Kentucky May 17th

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Don't miss these three wonderful opportunities to hear from one of the most brilliant black minds in the world. Known as one of the founders of Black Theology, preeminent scholar Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts will speak tomorrow night at Simmons College of Kentucky, Yates Chapel, 1811 Dumesnil Street, 7:00 p.m. You can get a preview of what you don't want to miss when Rev. Dr. Roberts, speaks with me for about 10 minutes, tomorrow morning at 7:05 a.m. on the Bill Price Morning Show and again Friday at 4:00 p.m. on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station!

Dr. Roberts is the founder and president of the J. Deotis Roberts Research Library and Institute. He is the author of fourteen books and over one hundred scholarly articles. He is regarded as one of the most prominent theologians in the world. He has taught at Howard Divinity School, Yale University, Duke University, Eastern Baptist Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the former past president of the highly regarded Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

On liberation and reconciliation, Roberts wrote in the second edition of Liberation and Reconcilation: A Black Theology, page xiii, "...the balance between liberation and reconciliation remains essential in our pluralistic society....Dr. King's warning, that we either learn to live together as friends or die as fools, is obvious for all thoughtful people."

On the black Messiah, he wrote on page 71, "...there is a preconscious assumption that if Christ is to be worthy of devotion, he must be a member of the white race....I do not need to agree with (Albert)Cleage's version of the black Messiah to see the need for a black understanding of christology. Since the black experience has been disregarded in other versions of christology, there is a need to make Christ and his message speak directly to the black person."

On women in the ministry he wrote in his 1994 book, Prophethood of Black Believers: An African American Political Theology for Ministry, page 77, "I do not see how black male ministers will much longer be able to deny their claims to bona fide ministerial leadership. This situation is not merely an embarrassment. It is one of the major sins of black male leadership in the church. For this sin, we need forgiveness and repentance."

Please don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts tomorrow night, Thursday, May 17th, Simmons College of Kentucky, 1811 Dumesnil Street, 7:00 p.m. There will be a book signing.

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

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Rev. Dr. J. Deotis Roberts to Speak At Simmons College of KY May 17th, 7:00 PM

J. Deotis Roberts is Founder and President of the J. Deotis Roberts Research Library and Institute. Author of more than fourteen books and over a hundred scholarly articles, Roberts is regarded as one of the most prominent theologians in the world. Known as one of the founders of the Black Theology movement, Professor Roberts complete his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Edinburgh, who later awarded him the D.Litt. degree. After his marriage to Elizabeth Caldwell of Landis, North Carolina, Dr. Roberts shortly thereafter was called to teach theology at the Howard University Divinity School in Washington, D.C. where he taught for many years.

Because of the tumultuous climate of the Black Power movement and student activism on Howard University’s campus, Roberts became actively engaged in the intersection between the question of Black liberation and classical theological notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. These reflections gave rise to his groundbreaking book, Liberation and Reconciliation, in 1971. Throughout his career, Dr. Roberts has taught at colleges, seminaries and universities across the country and internationally, including the Howard Divinity School, Yale University, Duke University, Eastern Baptist Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary. He is also former president of the highly regarded American Theological Association and past president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and founder of the Foundation for Religious and Educational Exchange, Inc.

Reconciliation and dialogue have been the two abiding themes of Professor Roberts lengthy and distinguished career as theologian, minister, peacemaker, and activist. The recent author of Bonhoeffer and King: Speaking Truth to Power, Dr. Roberts is also father of three wonderful daughters (Charmaine, Carlita and Kristina), and son (the late J. Deotis Roberts, Jr.). His autobiography, Seasons of Life, will be released this summer.

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







Black Liberation Father James Cone on the Black Church and "Success"


Please take the time to view this seven-minute video clip from Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union IV, The Black Church: Relevant, Repressive, or Reborn? James Cone asserts that the black church has lost its mission and purpose and has become too success-oriented.

State of the Black Union IV is a must-see for those interested in the black church and the perspectives of various nationally-known black bishops, pastors, and theologians. It features Cain Hope Felder, Michael Eric Dyson, Marcia Dyson, Charles Ellis, Cynthia Hale, Noel Jones, Frederick Haynes, Carolyn Knight, Vashti McKenzie, Jeremiah Wright, Charles Adams, Jamal Bryant, Jacquelyn Grant, Cheryl Townsen Gilkes, Kenneth Flowers, Floyd Flake, Barbara King, Paul S. Morton, Eugene Rivers, Al Sharpton, Gardner Taylor, William Shaw, Cornel West, Raymond Brown, Marvin Winans, Wendell Anthony, Carlton Pearson, Johnnie Coleman, and Barbara King.

The entire seven-hour summit is available for viewing free through Jesus Saves Ministries

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

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Black Liberation Theology

By Min. Dariel Cochran

Christian Liberation Theology accepts that fact that ideologies and conceptions have an impact on religious beliefs. Black Liberation Theology and Christian Theology are synonymous because both are a particularity that is grounded in Christ’s teachings. Since Christian theology is transfixed in God’s revelation in the person of Christ, Christian theology can bend ideologies and concepts toward moral improvement, economic equality, social justice, and right use ethics in executing laws.

Christian liberation theology did not begin with African Americans, African Americans are the flesh, and bones of manifestation in Jesus’ inaugural address in Luke 4: 18 – 19. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, as I see it, is effectively using “the arch of the universe swings wide but leans toward justice” to keep his congregation working toward the well-being of his congregants in fulfilling the mandates of the gospel. White America does not comprehend that. Dr. Wright’s use of the race word ‘Black’ is more positive than the media’s use of minority, which minority is a depersonalization of a race of people. Christian theology can bend ideologies to uplift the oppressed.

In answer to Rev. Lee-Price’s question, is Christian Liberation Theology viable? Look at it this way, Christian theology is not subjected to Liberation theology. Liberation theology has an objective, which is to follow Christian theology. Christian theology is only Christian as long as it remains faithful to Luke 4: 18 – 19 and all the implications and range of meaning.

We have a long way to go. I do appreciate all those Africans that did what they could. Black liberation theology does not dislike white people; it is against systems of oppression and whoever is behind and perpetuates such systems, the Tertullian’s, Biko’s, and Dr. Wright’s will have something to say about it.

Min. Dariel A. Cochran
Louisville, Kentucky


Monday, April 23, 2007

Is Barack Obama's Church A Cult?.....PLEASE!

Somebody hold me back! We cannot win for losing as African Americans. Night after night on television, we constantly get negative images of black people as looters, thugs, pimps, and gangstas as if we don't have any God-given sense at all. What's worse, we've bought into the lie and are doing it to ourselves, promoting degrading and negative self images in videos, in hip hop music, in the movies, and sometimes, even in the church!

But then, there's Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright whose been promoting Afro-centric self love for years while warning about the prosperity gospel, and now, all of a sudden, Barack Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ is a cult....please! Of course, Dr. Jeremiah Wright knows how to defend himself. His response to this video to follow!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Woman With A Message From God

By: Minister Angela Lee Price

For those who still believe women are not called to preach the Word of God, you should know it is empowering to many women that God used a woman, Mary Magdalene to deliver the important message, “He is risen.” “Jesus said unto her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father….” (John 20:17- KJV)

Notice what he told her to do, "go and say." Notice what he did not tell her to do, “go and play.” The children are frighten by what has happened. Please go and calm them. He didn’t say, “go and pray.” Some are not going to believe I have risen. You need to pray. He didn’t say “go and lay.” You need to go home and lay down. I need a man to deliver this word. He said "go and say...I ascend to my father."

Finally, notice to whom He instructed her to speak, the brethren. He didn’t send her to women only, a women’s conference, or Women’s Day service, but to the brethren.

Jesus is still giving women important messages today. He is still calling women to preach! Oh, praise God!

Don't miss Festival of Preaching, Friday, April 27th, St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street. Geneva Nelson, Mercia Frierson, Lonnie Clinkscale, and I will preach initial sermons at 7:00 PM. Call 502-583-6798 for details, or log onto the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog.

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

Oh, Taste and See! Chicago Mass Choir On LIVE!

Chicago Mass Choir President and CEO Dr. Feranda Nero-Roberts, right, was a guest on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! on Friday, March 30th. We discussed the history of Chicago Mass, her thoughts on the direction gospel music is taking, and how Chicago Mass Choir maintains the purity of the gospel in their music.

Angela: Where do you think gospel music is headed in the 21st Century?

Dr. Nero-Roberts: “...It use to really embarrass me, I know in Chicago you have ministries that would be on television and they’re talking, carrying on conversations...We have to step up our craft when it comes to, not only in ministering gospel music, in terms of knowing that this is our reasonable service that we give to God, but knowing that He wants excellence….”

Angela: What are some of the things you do to maintain the purity of the gospel message in the music?

Dr. Nero-Roberts: “Gospel” means “good news” for me, and I think one of the things we have to be very careful of is that it’s Scripture-based. Everything, and I have to say, that’s out today is not Scripture-based. Some of it is a hook to get people to listen, but is it going to be edifying for the soul? Does it relate back to the Scriptures, and is it going to be win people to Christ?”
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Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Imus and the Ghost of Racism on Jesus Saves LIVE!

The phone rang of the hook last Friday, April, 13th on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! Everyone wanted to weigh in on Imus Controversy and the ghost of racism still haunting us. Listeners, all males surprisingly, called the station during the one-hour show as my guests, Rev. Robert Thomas, Evangelism Director, St. Stephen Church, and Karen O’Bannon, author of the book, A Song for You: Parables and Pearls and I discussed the Imus firing, why blacks still debate issues like hair and skin color, and superstition in Christianity.

“Personally, I’ve never in 36 years called any woman a ho, a ‘B,’ too much respect for my mother, too much respect for myself.... In the beginning of time in Genesis One, God didn’t say, “Now let us create hos,” said Rev. Thomas.
Karen O’Bannon read the poem, My Hair wherein she writes, “I wish it didn’t bother me. I wish I didn’t care; But I love/hate having Nappy, high maintenance hair.”

“People either love or hate the poem, but this discussion is needed,” O’Bannon said.
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Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!




Thursday, April 12, 2007

I "Mus" Comment Says Sharpton On Imus


The following is AN EXCERPT of a discussion between the Reverend Al Sharpton and Don Imus on Reverend Sharpton's radio show regarding racial comments made on the Don Imus radio show, as recorded by The New York Times. To read the entire transcript, www.nationalactionnetwork.net.

SHARPTON. This young lady just graduated . . . , went to Temple. She is not a nappy-headed ho, she's my daughter.
IMUS. I understand that.
SHARPTON. And when I heard what you said, I've got to defend my daughter. This is not about whether you're a good man, it's about how you devalue, how my daughters and the daughters of a lot of people listening are going to be looked at in this world. You have anchormen from news, network news, you have senators, you have presidential candidates that come on your show. Are we now saying it's acceptable in the middle of these kind of candidates and these anchormen for you to sit up and call my daughter a ho? That's what we're talking about here?
IMUS. Absolutely not. But why aren't -
SHARPTON. But then, then how can we then say the answer to that is a good guy?
IMUS. Why listen to the same kind of outrage, let me ask you, in the black community when rappers and other people in the black community, athletes in the black community defame and demean black women?
SHARPTON. I am one of them that is outraged.
IMUS. And call them worse names that I ever did.
SHARPTON. I am absolutely outraged by it. I attack it, I disagree with it. I've had friends of mine that used bad raps on radio that was fired. And I do not think that there ought to be two standards. I think you ought to join them.
IMUS. O.K., I think what makes a difference in this context - and you can still call for me to be fired, that's fine - but I think what makes a difference, a crucial difference, is what was my intent? Am I some rabid, racist, vicious person who's on a rampage screaming and got on the radio and turned on the microphone and said, here's what I think these women are? That's not what I did. What I did is repugnant and repulsive and horrible. You know what's horrible about it is here are these young women, who, at the pinnacle of their life and their athletic accomplishment, they played for the national championship of basketball -
SHARPTON. And really suffered to do that, worked hard to do that.
IMUS. - and I ruined it.
SHARPTON. Yeah, and that's the point.
IMUS. Yes, sir, I know that.
SHARPTON. But the point is this: The question is not whether you're a rabid racist with intent. If you commit a crime, intent may be an element, but the crime is still there.
IMUS. I understand that.
SHARPTON. To go to court and say, Your Honor, I didn't intend it. I got up this morning and I really was going to go to work, but I got mad and killed a guy. You still are guilty. The question of intent, you yourself said it was repugnant and all of that. Here's what I hear you saying, Mr. Imus: It is repugnant, it is unbelievable - but let's get past that, go on to the next commercial and I live to curse another day.
IMUS. I didn't say that.
SHARPTON. What are you saying?
IMUS. I didn't say anything.
SHARPTON. That's exactly right.
IMUS. No, I'm -
SHARPTON. You and I agree, you're not saying anything.
IMUS. I'm not saying anything about firing?
SHARPTON. About what - if you don't think your resignation is in order, what do you think the price should be that you pay? Not that I would agree with it. I'm just curious. What do you think?
IMUS. I haven't thought about that.
SHARPTON. I know. Let's bring Reverend Buster Soaries up. Reverend Soaries, you talked with Mr. Imus last -[blip in transmission]
BUSTER SOARIES. . . . whether or not Mr. Imus is a good or bad person.
SHARPTON. Not at all.
SOARIES. And so I'm willing to concede that he's done some good things and perhaps did not intend to offend anybody. I think I'm a good father, but if I'm speeding on the turnpike and get a ticket, I still have to pay for the ticket. In other words, you don't get fined based on your previous good act; you get fined based on your current bad acts. And I think Mr. Imus has proven to be a progressive thinker, probably a liberal, you know, in philosophy. But it really doesn't matter if you slap me with your left hand or your right hand, I've been slapped. And so if Rush Limbaugh slaps me or if Don Imus slaps me, I've been slapped. And I think what we're having problems with is that Don Imus does not fully understand the depth of the impropriety because if he did, then he would understand why you and I can be civil but at the same time ask for his removal -
IMUS. Well, if I understood that, I wouldn't have said it in the first place.
SOARIES. Well, well, and that's our problem.IMUS. Yes, sir.
SOARIES. I mean if a person in your position -IMUS. Yes, sir.
SOARIES. - you've got about 10 million listeners; as Al said, president candidates stop by because they respect your ability to penetrate the marketplace. And if someone with you ideological bent and philosophy can say something that mean-spirited and that damaging, my God, then we don't need enemies.
IMUS. No, I know, you said that last night and I agree. I don't have a good answer.
SHARPTON. Mr. Bryan Monroe is also on, Mr. Imus, who is the head of the National Association of Black Journalists. Byron[as spoken].
BRYAN MONROE. Thank you, Reverend Sharpton, and thank you, Mr. Imus, for coming on Reverend Sharpton's show and standing up and -
IMUS. Yes, sir.
MONROE. - looking us in the eye and telling us what were you thinking.
IMUS. Yes, sir.
MONROE. Mr. Imus, I have a daughter. I think you have a daughter. What would you do if a 67-year-old man went in front of millions of people and called your daughter what you called these women? Mr. Imus, what do you think the consequences of those words should be? Should an apology be enough?
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Don Imus Fired: Licked By His Own Tongue

Last night, MSNBC did "the right thing" as Spike Lee has said and fired morning talk show host Don Imus of Don Imus In the Morning. I applaud MSNBC for listening to their staff, some of whom are African American and were very offended, advertisers, and consultants on this one as Imus certainly did not need to "go there" with his April 4th racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Sid Rosenberg should not escape punishment either since he was the one who started and instigated the comments and neither should Bernard McGuirk.
You can say what you want about Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. I applaud them, too for having the backbone and courage to stand up, not only for the Rutgers team, but for women of color everywhere. Rev. DeForest Soaries, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, the pastor who will be "mediating" Imus' meeting with the basketball team was one of several guests on the Today Show yesterday. He said that had Imus called one of the white women executives at NBC at "white, ugly ho" he would be fired, and that to only suspended Imus for saying something worse about young, black women was a double standard. Thank you MSNBC for doing the right thing.
Here are the April 4th comments that led to Imus' firing and the youtube.com description.

YouTube Video Description

On the April 4 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American and two white players, as "nappy-headed hos" immediately after the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team "hard-core hos." Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: "The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the [National Basketball Association's] Toronto Raptors." McGuirk referred to the NCAA women's basketball championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee as a "Spike Lee thing," adding, "The Jigaboos vs. The Wannabees -- that movie that he had."

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