Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dr. Glaude, "Who Signed the Death Certificate on the Black Church?" As a White Brother Looking In, "the Black Church is Energetic, Living, and Flourishing" - BCNN1

Dr. Joel C. Gregory, left, is Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

The past decade has afforded me an opportunity rarely found in recent American church culture. For a complex of reasons I have become a white preacher in black churches. I have spoken before more than 200 African American congregations, conferences, and conventions in more than twenty states each year.

From coast to coast and border to border, in urban centers and small towns, I have preached in America's black churches. These include not only black Baptist congregations but African Methodist Episcopal, Church of God in Christ, and other historically black denominations.

From that experience, I am at a loss for an explanation of Dr. Glaude's statement that the black church is dead. If it is, I do not know who signed the death certificate or notified the next of kin. In every way I can measure vitality, the black church is energetic, living, and flourishing.

Dr. Glaude, "Who Signed the Death Certificate on the Black Church?" As a White Brother Looking In, "the Black Church is Energetic, Living, and Flourishing" - BCNN1


Source:  Huffington Post and Black Christian News Network,  Click link to read complete article.

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