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  • Posted April 25, 2014

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    Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social

    Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation is an attempt by ten black Christian teachers and pastors to address and come alongside issues raised by Drs. Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint in their 2007 work, Come on People on the Path from Victims to Victors, that directly addressed problems within the African American community, particularly social ills among young black men. The original Cosby & Poussaint conversation, while very useful, and controversial, did not directly address the core spiritual concerns that a community so attuned to the leadership of the church, needed to hear. The ten writers here do address the problems of black America, with the assumption that at its center, it is a spiritual problem, and the Christian church has something meaningful and direct to say, to change, lead and council.




    Anthony Bradley, a theologian and public intellectual, has a deep heart to speak to the younger generation and those that have given up on them, real solutions and real wisdom, for the peace and growth of the church. I'm a young Southern white man, while of the same denomination as Dr. Bradley, I approached this book and its tremendous wisdom, as a chance to listen in on a conversation that while not my own, directly, is my own, in that I needed to hear the guidance and know what these wise men teach as the way out, for so many entrapped in bad ethics, bad theology and victimhood.




    The strongest chapters to me were Anthony Carter's, regarding Black Church and Orthodoxy and Eric Mason's Black Men and Masculinity, in that both are tremendous examples of how strong and clear theology, properly applied, shows a way of genuine relief, in the way that no self generated common sense can ever do. The chapters on how many young blacks are ensnared by much of the entertainment industry could certainly be written about young white men (who might have different entertainment interests), but just as empty; in that it shows that it is not the outside other that is the problem, but what the desire is, and how so much of our youth are deeply hungry, but looking in so many wrong places for emulation and guidance.




    This book is hard hitting, but a real encouragement, regardless of your race or ethnicity, to the power of the multi generational and multi class church in really effecting real change, as people seek mutual submission and loving servant hood with one another. It is highly recommended.

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    Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation is an attempt by ten black Christian teachers and pastors to address and come alongside issues raised by Drs. Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint in their 2007 work, Come on People on the Path from Victims to Victors, that directly addressed problems within the African American community, particularly social ills among young black men. The original Cosby & Poussaint conversation, while very useful, and controversial, did not directly address the core spiritual concerns that a community so attuned to the leadership of the church, needed to hear. The ten writers here do address the problems of black America, with the assumption that at its center, it is a spiritual problem, and the Christian church has something meaningful and direct to say, to change, lead and council.

    Anthony Bradley, a theologian and public intellectual, has a deep heart to speak to the younger generation and those that have given up on them, real solutions and real wisdom, for the peace and growth of the church. I'm a young Southern white man, while of the same denomination as Dr. Bradley, I approached this book and its tremendous wisdom, as a chance to listen in on a conversation that while not my own, directly, is my own, in that I needed to hear the guidance and know what these wise men teach as the way out, for so many entrapped in bad ethics, bad theology and victimhood.

    The strongest chapters to me were Anthony Carter's, regarding Black Church and Orthodoxy and Eric Mason's Black Men and Masculinity, in that both are tremendous examples of how strong and clear theology, properly applied, shows a way of genuine relief, in the way that no self generated common sense can ever do. The chapters on how many young blacks are ensnared by much of the entertainment industry could certainly be written about young white men (who might have different entertainment interests), but just as empty; in that it shows that it is not the outside other that is the problem, but what the desire is, and how so much of our youth are deeply hungry, but looking in so many wrong places for emulation and guidance.

    This book is hard hitting, but a real encouragement, regardless of your race or ethnicity, to the power of the multi generational and multi class church in really effecting real change, as people seek mutual submission and loving servant hood with one another. It is highly recommended.

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