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

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.

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


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