In the face of growing inequities in the United States and global economies, Rev. Dr. Joseph Evans, Dean of Morehouse University School of Religion, has issued a clarion call to preachers to disturb the status quo and cause meaningful, thoughtful conversations about a species of biblical preaching that envisions economic justice as the ethical imperative for the twenty-first century, particularly for people of African descent. Written from a preacher’s perspective, grounded in solid scholarship, this volume asserts an ethical imperative for economic justice and what this means for the twenty-first-century church and those who preach in prophetic pulpits around the world.
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About the Author
Joseph Evans is Dean of the Morehouse School of Religion and member of the homiletics faculty at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He is author of Lifting the Veil Over Eurocentrism: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic of Double Consciousness. (Africa World Press, 2014). Gardner Taylor once described him as one of the "brilliant preachers of his generation." Wyatt Tee Walker said, "He is a master craftsman …extremely adept in his understanding of how to prepare and deliver the prophetic sermon." Dr. Evans is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Foreword J. Alfred Smith Sr. v
Part 1 Foundations
1 The Du Boisian Prophetic Tradition 3
2 Our Poor People's Campaign: Our Liberation March and Liberation Narrative 21
3 Our Pan-African Liberation Narrative and Its Globalized Influence 43
Part 2 Preaching for Economic Justice
4 The Word of Reconciliation Reconsidered: Matthew 5-7, 2 Corinthians 5:16-20, and Creating a New Consciousness 63
Excursus: Apology and Reconciliation 80
5 Passover, Our Collective Liberation Narrative: Exodus 12, Luke 19:1-10, and Shaping a Claim for Justice 91
6 Fallible Humanity: The Double Consciousness of Thomas Jefferson 111
7 Pure Religion: James 1:7. Illumination, and Reconciling Fallible Humanity 135