The Heart Of Black Preaching

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Cleophus LaRue argues that the extraordinary character of black preaching derives from a distinctive biblical hermeneutic that views God as involved in practical ways in the lives of African Americans. This hermeneutic, he believes, has remained constant since the days of slavery. LaRue analyzes the distinct characteristics of African American preaching and brings the insights of both theory and practice to bear on this important subject matter.

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Overview

Cleophus LaRue argues that the extraordinary character of black preaching derives from a distinctive biblical hermeneutic that views God as involved in practical ways in the lives of African Americans. This hermeneutic, he believes, has remained constant since the days of slavery. LaRue analyzes the distinct characteristics of African American preaching and brings the insights of both theory and practice to bear on this important subject matter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664258474
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 388,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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Cleophus J. LaRue is Francis Landey Patton Associate Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of The Heart of Black Preaching and the editor of Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons, both available from WJK.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Search for Distinctiveness in Black Preaching 9
Characteristics of Black Preaching 9
Scripture and Life Experiences 13
A Communal Interpretive Strategy 16
Dynamics of a Black Biblical Hermeneutic 20
2 The Power Motif in Nineteenth-Century African American Sermons 30
John Jasper 31
Alexander Crummell 36
Francis J. Grimke 44
Daniel Alexander Payne 54
Elias Camp Morris 61
3 A Hermeneutic of Power in Contemporary African American Sermons 68
Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. 72
Katie G. Cannon 83
A. Louis Patterson, Jr. 88
Mozella Mitchell 93
Fred C. Lofton 98
Carolyn Ann Knight 103
4 The Basic Dynamics of the African American Sermon 114
Power and the Sovereign God 114
The Black Sociocultural Context 120
Varieties of Black Experience 123
App Sermons
The Sun Do Move 131
The Destined Superiority of the Negro 138
A Resemblance and a Contrast between the American Negro and the Children of Israel, in Egypt, or the Duty of the Negro to Contend Earnestly for His Rights Guaranteed under the Constitution 147
The Roosevelt-Washington Episode, or Race Prejudice 161
Welcome to the Ransomed 172
The Brotherhood of Man 180
What Makes You So Strong? 184
Unexpected Blessings 192
To Tell the Truth 200
How to Know You Are in the Kingdom 204
Pro-vi-dence 212
Bad Black Dude on the Road 216
If Thou Be a Great People 223
Notes 229
Bibliography 241
Acknowledgments of Copyrighted Material 257
Index 259
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