Keep Your Head Up: America's New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation [NOOK Book]

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“The black community is in trouble,” writes Anthony Bradley. Systemic issues are perpetuating a chronic plague on not only African-American society, but the black church in particular.

Continuing the renowned “Cosby Conversation,” first started in 2007 by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Bradley has assembled a team of pastors, scholars, and leaders to address specific issues within the black community. Bradley’s volume features contributions from himself, Vincent Bacote, Ralph C. Watkins, Eric M. Mason, ...

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Overview

“The black community is in trouble,” writes Anthony Bradley. Systemic issues are perpetuating a chronic plague on not only African-American society, but the black church in particular.

Continuing the renowned “Cosby Conversation,” first started in 2007 by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Bradley has assembled a team of pastors, scholars, and leaders to address specific issues within the black community. Bradley’s volume features contributions from himself, Vincent Bacote, Ralph C. Watkins, Eric M. Mason, Anthony Carter, Craig Mitchell, and others.

Covering a variety of topics, including victim mentality, hip-hop, masculinity, and the prosperity gospel, this book will open readers’ eyes to the serious challenges facing the black church today. It will not leave readers without hope, however, as each contributor brings the conversation back to the Bible and the gospel as the only source of true, enduring change.

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What People Are Saying

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“Dr. Bradley consistently brings poignant insights into the Christian, black, and hip-hop communities. Here he gives worldview-shifting challenges and profound, timeless solutions. I’m grateful to know him and have this book in my hands.”
LeCrae Moore, hip-hop artist, Reach Records

Keep Your Head Up challenges the churches to not let traditions and culture keep them from missing the past two generations of young people who have been unchurched. Bradley encourages the church to be intentional in building open, listening relationships with those who have been influenced by hip-hop and gangsta rap. The church must become more user-friendly to these dear ones in our communities.”
Donovan E. Case, President, African Americans For Missions (AAFM)

“Dr. Bradley’s call for psychological and spiritual wholeness is a daring, needed charge to our ethnic communities. It is my hope that the thorough brand of freedom he envisions will accompany the resurgence of the gospel in our cities and families.”
Jason Wright, 7-year NFL veteran; MBA Candidate, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Keep Your Head Up is candid, convicting, and balanced. Bradley assembles a great team of Christian thinkers who create a dialog between Augustine, Bell, Hooks, Ice Cube, and William Julius Wilson on one hand and Bill Cosby, Alvin Poussaint, and Eric Michael Dyson on the other. The writers provide great cultural, statistical, and historical analysis of the Come On, People and Is Bill Cosby Right? approaches to complex social issues within Black America and of how far we have to go to overcome. Along the way, they redefine black church, black theology, and what it means to be African-American, producing a fresh new call for the church to hear the truth. This is a significant discussion needed in every church in America so that the ‘One New Man’ can solve the institutionalized and self-inflicted problems facing the African-American community. This work demonstrates that the applied gospel in the hands of the church of Jesus Christ is sufficient to meet the needs of a community that often still faces the reality of living in a present hell.”
Eric C. Redmond, Bible Professor in Residence, New Canaan Baptist Church

“There has been an epidemic among African-Americans for many generations. I am excited that this book highlights the reality of the epidemic from a Christ-centered paradigm, focusing on him and not the false American dream of ‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.’ I pray this book alarms the redeemed to the reality of this call. This is a generational issue that beckons the talents, resources, visions, and gifts from the body of Christ at large.”
Adam Thomason, Lead Teaching Pastor, Damascus Road, Flint, Michigan; author, Red Revolution: Seeing the World Through the Lens of Christ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433522802
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 594,537
  • File size: 817 KB

Meet the Author

ANTHONY B. BRADLEY (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of theology and ethics at the King’s College, New York. He is also research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and the author of Liberating Black Theology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

List of Contributors 13

Preface 17

1 More Than Victims: The Benefits of a Theological Vision Vincent Bacote 21

2 The Black Family: The Hope of "True Religion" Bruce Fields 41

3 Sexuality in the Black Community Howard Brown 61

4 Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It: What's Really Goin' On? Ralph C. Watkins 81

5 Black Men and Masculinity Eric M. Mason 99

6 The Church and Community Lance Lewis 119

7 Redeemed and Healed for Mission Anthony B. Bradley 137

8 The Black Church and Orthodoxy Anthony Carter 157

9 The Prosperity Gospel Ken Jones 177

10 Rev. Michael Eric Dyson: An Analysis Craig Mitchell 197

Conclusion 215

General Index 219

Scripture Index 221

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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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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