The Heart Of Black Preaching

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Cleophus J. LaRue's Heart Of Black Preaching provides important insights on why black preaching is strong and active, connecting with the real-life experiences of listeners. Too many preachers leave God out: LaRue considers the important connections between life experiences and religion which make black preachers so effective in their communities.

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Overview

By Midwest Book Review

Cleophus J. LaRue's Heart Of Black Preaching provides important insights on why black preaching is strong and active, connecting with the real-life experiences of listeners. Too many preachers leave God out: LaRue considers the important connections between life experiences and religion which make black preachers so effective in their communities.

Another reviewer wrote:

This is a super book for anyone wanting to know the history and present day dynamics of black preaching. LaRue brings forth a wealth of information on great black preachers of the past and he also draws upon current African American preachers on the American scene. He claims there is a particular way of viewing God that is distinctive to black preaching. Moreover, he argues that there are five domains or spheres of black lived experience that are very helpful to black preaching. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the particulars of black preaching and a greater understanding of how to prepare your own sermons. It is a most helpful book. Great!

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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: 384,058
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author


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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